Video: Playing Mary Lincoln

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Actress Mary Bacon takes on the title role in the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln, a dramatization of the 40 grief-filled days Mary Lincoln spent isolated in the White House following the murder of her husband at Ford’s Theatre. Here, see Bacon discuss her experience portraying one of the most controversial First Ladies in U.S. history, who she describes as both “magnetic and appalling”, and hear why Mary Lincoln’s story is meaningful today. Test your Mary Lincoln IQ with this short quiz.

The Widow Lincoln, by playwright James Still (The Heavens Are Hung in Black) was commissioned by Ford’s Theatre as part of the Ford’s 150, a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. Directed by Stephen Rayne. January 23-February 22, 2015. Reserve tickets here.