BEHIND THE SCENES
Our Ghost of Christmas Present, Rayanne Gonzales, discusses what she most looks forward to about performing one of Charles Dickens’s most iconic characters during the holiday season here in Washington, D.C.
Justine “Icy” Moral flies into the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past. We spoke with Justine this summer about what she’s most looking forward to about taking on one of Charles Dickens’s most iconic characters.
We spoke with Stephen F. Schmidt about why he returns to Dickens’s play year after year.
At Ford’s Theatre, our mission is to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression. "A Christmas Carol" is not just a perennial seasonal offering—it serves as an excellent example of Lincoln’s values, as seen in the story itself and in the genius behind the story, Charles Dickens.
When Charles was 12, his father was imprisoned for having too much debt, and Charles was sent to work in a “blacking factory” for three years. For 10 hours a day, Charles would paste labels onto jars of shoe polish. His experiences at the factory were inspiration behind many of his iconic characters and work.