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Welcome to the Ford’s Theatre Press Room, designated for working members of the media.

We invite you to learn more about the history, vision, leadership and programming of Ford’s Theatre below. If you would like to cover events or productions at Ford’s Theatre, or film at the historic site, contact us at press@fords.org

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. ET. Please note our teams continue to work remotely.

Latest News and Press Releases

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces Dec. 12 Sensory-Friendly Performance of "A Christmas Carol"

Designed for those with sensory sensitivities who might benefit from an adjusted theatrical environment, including those with autism

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society will host a sensory-friendly performance for A Christmas Carol, Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. This performance is designed for those with sensory sensitivities who might benefit from an adjusted theatrical environment, including those with autism. Theatrical adjustments for this performance of A Christmas Carol may include: lessening of lighting focused on the audience; lower stage sound levels, especially for sudden or loud sounds; allowances for audience talking, movement and use of tablets and smartphones for communication; as well as designated areas outside the auditorium for anyone needing a break. Printed materials to prepare attendees for their visit to Ford’s Theatre and the performance itself will be made available to patrons.

Craig Wallace Plays Ebenezer Scrooge in Newly Reimagined Ford’s Theatre Production of "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens; Adapted by Michael Wilson; Directed by José Carrasquillo

In-Person Performances are November 24-December 27, 2021; "A Christmas Carol" Radio Play Available to the Public on www.fords.org December 3-27, 2021

Acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace will reprise the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a newly reimagined stage production of A Christmas Carol, with script based on the popular 2020 radio play adaption by Michael Wilson. This season’s in-person production is directed by Ford’s Theatre Director of Artistic Programming José Carrasquillo who, with the Ford’s Theatre artistic staff, has deliberately and thoughtfully adapted the production to provide both a healthy and safe working environment for the company and a joyful experience for all who attend this holiday season. In-person performances begin November 24, 2021, and continue for a five-week engagement through December 27, 2021. Tickets for in-person performances of A Christmas Carol are now on sale and range from $32 to $124. The performance runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. It is appropriate for ages 5 and older.

Ford’s Theatre Hires Erica Lauren Ortiz as Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Leah Yoon Frelinghuysen as Director of External Communications and Marketing

Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the hiring of Erica Lauren Ortiz as Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Leah Yoon Frelinghuysen as Director, External Communications and Marketing. Both joined the senior leadership of Ford’s Theatre on September 8. “I am thrilled to have Erica and Leah on the Ford’s Theatre leadership team,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault. “The acumen and talent that each possesses will strengthen the already dynamic leadership we have. And in adding to our senior leadership, they bring invaluable perspectives that will enhance Ford's mission, outreach, programming, and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion."

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces BIPOC Playwright Commissioning Initiative ̶ The Lincoln Legacy Commissions

Inaugural Playwrights are Pearl Cleage, Rickerby Hinds, Nambi E. Kelley, Dominic Taylor and Charlayne Woodard

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre today announced the launch of The Lincoln Legacy Commissions—a new play development initiative for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) playwrights that explores racial history and social justice in the United States and gives voice to lesser-known historical figures and their contributions to American life. Playwrights Pearl Cleage, Rickerby Hinds, Nambi E. Kelley, Dominic Taylor and Charlayne Woodard comprise the inaugural writers of The Lincoln Legacy Commissions. The Commissions will serve as an artistic incubator and amplifier for underrepresented BIPOC American stories and will expand the canon of American historical drama. The Commissions process will include extensive development, encompassing first readings, developmental workshops and world-premiere productions within the next decade.

Casting and Design Team Announced for "My Lord, What a Night," Directed by Sheldon Epps

In-Person Performances at Ford's Theatre October 1-24, 2021

Ford’s Theatre Society announced full casting and the design team for Deborah Brevoort’s "My Lord, What a Night," October 1-24, 2021. Directed by Ford’s Theatre Senior Artistic Advisor Sheldon Epps, the remarkable new drama is based on true events and the friendship between contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein. Facemasks and proof of full vaccination (or Negative COVID-19 test) are required for all patrons. An on-demand streaming version of the play will be available the week of October 11 through November 4, 2021.

Casting Announced for Sept. 10 "Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial"

Tickets Not Required. First-Come Lawn Seating Available on Either Side of the Reflecting Pool

Ford’s Theatre Society announced full casting for "Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial," a free one-night-only concert presentation of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical "Come From Away" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Event is rain or shine. Social distancing and face masks are required in crowded outdoor spaces. Updated safety protocols will be available on www.fords.org.

Ford's Theatre and The Kennedy Center Join D.C.-Area Venues with Vaccine Requirement for Audiences, Artists and Staff

Ford’s Theatre vaccination policy is valid through October 2021

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Ford’s Theatre, both examples of public/private partnerships in the nation’s capital, will be joining performing arts venues in the Washington, D.C. region and around the country, to provide a safer return to full-capacity, indoor performances this fall by requiring that all audience members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The new policy also includes a vaccine mandate for all artists, staff, ushers, and volunteers. Specific guidance and protocols can be found on the organizations’ respective websites.

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces 2021-2022 Season: In-Person Performances Resume in October

Season Includes: "My Lord, What a Night;" "A Christmas Carol;" "The Mountaintop;" World-Premiere Musical "Grace"

Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced performance and on-sale dates for a compelling season of in-person productions that explore Civil Rights icons including Marian Anderson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the anticipated premiere of the musical "Grace" by D.C. composer Nolan Williams, Jr., and the joyful holiday return of "A Christmas Carol." In addition, more than 1,950 free performance tickets will be offered to the company’s mainstage productions as part of the Free First Preview initiative, in partnership with TodayTix.

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service Announce Phased Reopening of Ford’s Theatre and Museum on May 12, 2021; Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits Remain Closed

Advance Ticket Reservations Required; Tickets available May 7 at 10 a.m.; Tickets will be available Fridays for the following Wednesday-Sunday

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service announce Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Museum will reopen to the public for visitation on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, with advance tickets required. Tickets for May 12-16 will be available online beginning May 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. Visits to Ford’s Theatre are self-guided. Ford’s Theatre and Museum will operate with a modified schedule for daytime visitation on Wednesdays through Sundays with required advance tickets. Tickets will be available each Friday for the following Wednesday-Sunday. Timed entry to Ford’s Theatre and Museum will be available on the hour from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The site will be closed during the 1 p.m. hour for cleaning. A maximum number of 25 visitors per hour are permitted in the building during this stage of reopening.

Ford’s Theatre Society Chairman Phebe N. Novakovic Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Washington, D.C.—Ford’s Theatre Society Chairman Phebe N. Novakovic announced the nonprofit’s new members of the Board of Trustees. New members include B.J. Agugliaro, Steven Barry, Andy Blocker, Elaine Chao, Dianne Cleaver, Mark Crawford, Alphonso Jackson and Marc Lampkin. The Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theatre Society is the governing body with responsibility for governance and oversight of the Society. Members serve three-year terms, with possibility of nomination for an additional three-year term. A complete list of current Board of Trustees members is available on the Ford’s Theatre website at https://www.fords.org/about.

Sheldon Epps Joins Ford’s Theatre Society as Senior Artistic Advisor

Epps Joins Team as Theatre Reevaluates 2020-2021 Season

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced that Sheldon Epps will join the theatre’s leadership team as Senior Artistic Advisor. Epps steps into the new role as the theatre reevaluates its 2020-2021 season amid the national reckoning for racial justice and the impacts of COVID-19 on live performances. “I am thrilled to welcome Sheldon Epps to the Ford’s Theatre family,” said Tetreault. “D.C. audiences will know Sheldon from his 2019 production of “Twelve Angry Men,” when he gave new relevance to this iconic drama and its themes of racism in America. I have known Sheldon for more than 20 years and been an admirer of his work as a director and producer. Over the last several years, I have relied on his counsel not only for the works he has (and will) direct but also on his programming ideas and direction of the company. Sheldon’s insight, leadership, talent and deep capacity for empathy will be vital to our path forward. As we revisit our 2020-2021 season, we commit to using our power to tell stories that speak to the present moment with courage, hope, inspiration, joy and healing. We rededicate ourselves to the great work that consumed Lincoln’s life, building a more just and peaceful world, through the power of our creative voices.”