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FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY & TODAYTIX ANNOUNCE THIRD YEAR OF FREE FIRST PREVIEW TICKET INITIATIVE DURING 2018-2019 SEASON

MORE THAN 3,600 PERFORMANCE TICKETS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society and TodayTix announced the third year of the popular Free First Preview initiative, through which free tickets are given away to the first performance of all Ford’s Theatre mainstage productions. The TodayTix digital lottery launches one week before the first performance of each mainstage production in the 2018-2019 season. A total of 2,000 tickets will be given away. This season’s Free First Preview performances are: - "Born Yesterday": September 21, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. - "A Christmas Carol": November 15, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. - "Twelve Angry Men": January 18, 2019, at 7:30 p.m - "Into the Woods": March 8, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

August 25, 2018: OPEN AUDITIONS FOR "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" CHILDREN’S ROLES

Children Ages 7 to 13 Encouraged to Attend

Washington, D.C. – The Ford’s Theatre Society announced that auditions for children’s roles in the company’s productions of A Christmas Carol will be held August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW). Those interested in auditioning may sign up for an audition timeslot on site beginning at 8:30 a.m. Children between the ages of 7 and 13, who reside in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas, must prepare an a cappella verse/chorus from a Christmas song of their choosing and the scene materials for their specific age group, which are available for download on the Ford’s Theatre website at https://www.fords.org/work-with-us/auditions.

UNDER 35: MUSEUM NIGHT IS AUGUST 16, 2018

$20 ticket includes two drinks &after-hours access to Museum & Theatre

Young professionals ages 21-35 can enjoy after-hours access to Ford’s Theatre and Museum at Under 35: Museum Night on August 16, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Patrons are invited to mix and mingle in the Ford’s Theatre Museum, see historic artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and assassination, and explore the 19th-century theatre where President and Mrs. Lincoln attended performances. Guests will interact with staff members 35 and under who can share information on Ford’s Theatre history and current programming. Each $20 ticket will include two drink vouchers. Beverages provided by On Tap. This event is part of Generation Abe, a Ford’s Theatre initiative to reach out young adult audiences ages 35 and under. Generation Abe will feature special events that will include behind-the-scenes access to the historic site and social events related to theatrical productions.

2018-2019 THEATRE SEASON ANNOUNCED

"Born Yesterday," "Twelve Angry Men," "Into the Woods" and "A Christmas Carol"

Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the Ford’s Theatre 2018-2019 season will include the political satire "Born Yesterday," directed by Aaron Posner; the classic American drama "Twelve Angry Men," directed by Sheldon Epps; the musical fairytale "Into the Woods," directed by Peter Flynn; and "A Christmas Carol" with Craig Wallace reprising the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

SUMMER 2018 PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED

"One Destiny" Performances are June 13 to June 30; Walking Tours Through October 27, 2018

Ford’s Theatre Society announced that summer 2018 programming will include afternoon performances of the popular one-act play "One Destiny" and the continuation of History on Foot walking tours, "Investigation: Detective McDevitt," led by costumed actors. Tickets are available for purchase at www.fords.org or in person at the Ford’s Theatre box office (511 Tenth Street NW). Visitors can also enhance their visit to Ford’s Theatre with Voices of the Petersen House, a virtual reality time travel experience on the TimeLooper app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play).

Phebe N. Novakovic Elected Chairman of Ford's Theatre Society Board of Trustees

Phebe N. Novakovic, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics, has been elected Chairman of the nonprofit’s Board of Trustees. Novakovic assumed the role following the March 15, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting. Novakovic succeeds Eric A. Spiegel, outgoing chairman, a board member since 2006. Spiegel will continue to serve as Chairman Emeritus and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Petersen House Virtual Reality App by TimeLooper Now Available

Free App Includes Virtual Walk-Through and First-Person Perspectives from Night of Lincoln Assassination

Voices of Petersen House provides a virtual reality experience including interactive photographs taken inside the Petersen House and first-person accounts of the men and women who witnessed Abraham Lincoln’s final hours. Developed and donated to the National Park Service and Ford’s Theatre Society by TimeLooper, the app moves virtually through each room of the Petersen House. Users will experience the front parlor where Mary Lincoln waited inconsolably for news of her husband’s condition, the back parlor where Secretary of War Edwin Stanton launched the manhunt for the president’s assassin, and the “death room” where Lincoln drew his final breath.