Site Closed

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service closed the historic site starting March 14. That closure currently extends through May 17. Our production of “Guys and Dolls” has been postponed to spring 2021.

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Books for the Beach

As the Lead Teaching Artist at Ford’s Theatre, my summer reading will focus on materials to help me prepare for next season.  I’ve been looking for a consistent theme that runs through these seemingly divergent works, and … eureka! I think I’ve found one.

In one interview with Charlie Rose (you can watch it on YouTube), Arthur Miller said that what connects all great writers is that they have a “fierce moral sensibility” in their work. They see a problem in the world, and they must expose it.

fierce moral sensibility.

Arthur Miller

A “fierce moral sensibility” is a lot to pack to take with me to Virginia Beach this summer! But I’m going to use that guideline as a way to see what issues these writers illuminated. If you want to go on the literary journey I’m going on, check out our season texts here:

•    Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller
•    Jefferson’s Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker
•    The Wiz  by William F. Brown with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls 

Let me know what you’re reading poolside this summer. Tweet us @FordsEdu to share.