Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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  • Dr. Sandra Shannon Discusses August Wilson’s “Fences”

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    “I read Fences in 1987 and was so moved by its portrait of the deeply troubled Troy Maxson that, as soon as I had turned the last page, I vowed to read everything I could get my hands on that was written by August Wilson.”  Thus began Dr. Sandra Shannon's more than 30-year career as a leading scholar of his life and work.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • August Wilson's Century Cycle

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    August Wilson’s Century Cycle is a towering achievement of 10 plays documenting the hopes and struggles of African Americans. With increasing popularity in the last 10 years, Fences has become an American classic, dedicated to unearthing the lives, hopes, dreams and struggles of African Americans.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • 10 American Orators Who Aren't Abraham Lincoln

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    Many Americans have used oratory as a way to drive civic change. Learn about 10 change-makers whom you might not know about yet.

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    • Topic: Oratory, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Readings, Speeches
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Making a Musical at Ford's Theatre

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    You might not guess that Ford’s can only fit eight musicians in our 1860s-style band pit, or that we plan for more than a year before staging a musical. Discover the process from our decision to produce to our audience’s applause.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Interview with "Fences" Director Timothy Douglas

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    Learn more about the production of August Wilson’s Fences from the director of its 2019 run at Ford’s Theatre, Timothy Douglas.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Lucy Lambert Hale: The "It Girl" of 1865

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    When John Wilkes Booth was captured, a photo of Lucy Hale was found on his person. But it turns out, that Lucy Hale had captured more hearts in Washington than Booth’s!

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Assassination, Civil War Washington, John Wilkes Booth
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12