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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  • 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
  • I've Got a Secret: Evaluating Historic Truth

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    In 1956, Samuel J. Seymour appeared on the hit T.V. show I’ve Got A Secret, claiming to be the last living witness to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. But, how true is his story?

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    • Topic: Assassination, Ford’s History
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • An African-American Hero Emerges from the Tragic Ford's Theatre Collapse of 1893

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    The first person you likely associate with Ford’s Theatre is Abraham Lincoln or John Wilkes Booth. Depending on your level of history nerdiness, you might also know Major Rathbone, Clara Harris, Ned Spangler or John T. Ford. But, one name you probably do not associate with our hallowed theatre is Basil Lockwood. I know I didn’t, until I did some research.

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    • Topic: Ford’s History
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Working in War-Time Washington

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    How did the Civil War affected the economy of Washington, D.C.?

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    • Topic: Civil War Washington
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12