Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson's Friendship of Happenstance

5 min. Read

Set in the 1930s, My Lord, What a Night is a new drama based on the real-life friendship between contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein. It may be hard to imagine that one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century and the German-Jewish genius who developed the theory of relativity would have much in common at all. This story based on true events encourages us to think otherwise.

The Power of Place at Ford's Theatre

4 min. Read

Ford’s Theatre is a space that lives in the collective imagination, but one that Ford’s artists are intimately acquainted with. Writer and BIPOC Critics Lab Fellow Rishi Mutalik spoke with Ford’s actors, designers, directors and staff to discover what makes the historic theatre and site of President Lincoln’s assassination so very special.

Origins and Inspirations for Damon Runyon's Classic Musical "Guys and Dolls"

4 min. Read

Following friend (and racketeer) Arnold Rothstein’s murder, Damon Runyon used Rothstein’s trial as inspiration to write stories in a perpetual present tense. Runyon found his home in his fictional Runyonland, a place created from his observations of Broadway’s nightlife. Learn more about the origins of the classic musical Guys and Dolls in this post.

Ford's Theatre Guys and Dolls: Cast Interview

7 min. Read

Starting March 13, 2020, Ford’s Theatre presents a new production of the classic American musical Guys and Dolls, directed by Peter Flynn. We spoke with our four leads, Maria Egler, Joe Mallon, Bueka Uwemedimo and Karen Vincent, about their roles and what songs they already have playing in their heads.

Solving the Unknown: What Astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt Accomplished

3 min. Read

During her career, Henrietta Swan Leavitt catalogued more than 2,400 variable stars—about half of the known total in her day, without ever looking through a telescope. She catalogued alongside Williamina Fleming for the first part of her time at Harvard College Observatory and then with Annie Jump Cannon. With this production, Ford’s Theatre celebrates their contributions and accomplishments.