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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  • A Universal Classic: Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"

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    Arthur Miller believed that there was only one humanity and that all people share common experiences, triumphs and tribulations. This article explores how Miller's classic Death of a Salesman exemplifies that ideal.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Courageous Testimonies of African-American (Colored) Witnesses During the Lincoln Assassination Trial

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    Did you know that African Americans testified during the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators? In one major instance, 10 former slaves spoke out candidly against their former owner, Dr. Samuel Mudd, revealing him to be far more malicious than his innocent country doctor persona suggested.

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    • Topic: Assassination
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • How to Use Washington, D.C., As A Classroom

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    Washington, D.C., offers numerous opportunities to get out of the classroom and experience history, particularly when studying the Civil War. While Ford’s Theatre receives a large amount of attention, many other sites with engaging stories can be found around the city—in neighborhoods and places easily accessible to students that they may pass by on a daily basis.

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    • Topic: Civil War Washington
    • Type: How-Tos
  • How To Host An Oratory Festival In Your School

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    Giving students an opportunity to perform historic or original speeches is a great way to showcase learning. It’s also a powerful way to help them develop strong voices and perspectives on issues that matter. Time is precious. Discover guidance for planning and implementing a hassle-free student oratory performance that invites assessment and chance for your students to shine.

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    • Topic: Oratory
    • Type: How-Tos
  • Presenting Historical Fiction at Historic Ford's Theatre

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    At Ford’s Theatre, we often face an interesting dilemma when presenting plays and musicals that have ties to history. Because Ford’s is inextricably tied to our national history with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, many in expect any aspect of American history portrayed on our stage to be 100 percent truthful to the facts.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Production Resource
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Interview with Historian Kate Masur About the Book "They Knew Lincoln"

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    They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington’s recounts the complex relationship between Lincoln and Washington’s African-American community. Kate Masur, a professor of history at Northwestern University, facilitated the reissue of the book for the first time since the original run in 1942. This edition includes a new introduction by Masur on John E. Washington and the Washington, D.C., he knew. Here, she offers a preview.

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    • Topic: Abraham Lincoln, Civil War Washington, Ford’s History, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Dorothy Comes to Ford's Theatre: Ines Nassara on Performing the Iconic Role

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    Actress Ines Nassara will perform the role of Dorothy in Kent Gash’s exciting new production of The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre during spring 2018. Ines spoke with us about taking on the role of Dorothy, what The Wiz means to her and the costar she can’t wait to meet.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Acclaimed Theatre Director Kent Gash Explains the Cultural Significance of "The Wiz"

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    "Isn’t it always a good time to remember that our world and our life can be and in fact should be, 'A world  full of love, like yours, like mine, like home?' How different might the world be if we remember that?" Hear more from The Wiz director Kent Gash.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Production Resource, Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • How to Make the Most Out of a School Trip to Ford's Theatre

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    Most visitors come to Ford’s Theatre to learn more about that one fateful night in 1865. But a school trip to Ford’s should be more than just seeing Booth’s gun and visiting the box where Lincoln was shot. How can you make sure that kids leave Ford’s with a better understanding of the bigger picture?

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    • Topic: Assassination, Civil War Washington, Ford’s History
    • Type: How-Tos
  • Celebrating "The Wiz": How the Showstopping Musical Came to Be

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    The Wiz first premiered on stage 43 years ago! Challenging Broadway norms, The Wiz was one of the first production with a majority African-American creative team and an all-African American cast.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Production Resource, Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12