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Latest News and Press Releases

The Wiz: Casting and Design Team Announced

Production plays March 9 to May 12, 2018

Ford’s Theatre Society announced full casting and design team for "The Wiz" directed by Kent Gash, choreographed by Dell Howlett and with Music Direction and Orchestration by Darius Smith. The production features Ines Nassara as Dorothy, Hasani Allen as Scarecrow, Kevin McAllister as Tinman, Christopher Michael Richardson as Lion and Jobari Parker-Namdar as The Wiz. The musical plays March 9 to May 12, 2018, at historic Ford’s Theatre. The production is recommended for ages eight and older.


The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a symposium focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln

Noted authors and historians Anna Gibson Holloway, William C. Harris, Richard Carwardine, Stanley Harrold and Walter Stahr will discuss aspects of our 16th president’s popular memory and legacy, Lincoln’s humor, his interactions with abolitionists and his evolving vision for Emancipation.

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.

Petersen House to Close Starting December 25 for Historic Preservation Work

House where Abraham Lincoln died to reopen in June 2018

The Petersen House (House Where Lincoln Died) will close for preservation work starting Monday, December 25, 2017, and lasting until June of 2018. The work will include replacing the existing fire suppression system, updating historic furnishings and wallpaper, and general preservation and maintenance work on the historic structure.

February 6 and 7, 2018: Lincoln Oratory Festival

300+ Local Students Honor President Lincoln’s Birthday by Performing Historic Speeches

More than 300 local elementary and middle-school students will perform a selection of President Abraham Lincoln’s speeches on the Ford’s Theatre stage on the mornings of February 6 and 7, 2018. The program features students who have worked with Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artists during their school year to bring Lincoln’s speeches to life. As part of the program, Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artists work with students in the classroom to expand vocabulary, develop students’ confidence and public-speaking skills and build a comprehensive understanding of the oration of Abraham Lincoln.

Casting and Designers Announced for Timberlake Wertenbaker's "Jefferson's Garden"

Performances Begin January 19; Part of Women's Voices Theater Festival

Ford’s Theatre Society announced casting for playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker's sweeping new drama, "Jefferson's Garden." The production features Christopher Dinolfo as Christian and Felicia Curry as Susannah, with Christopher Bloch, Michael Kevin Darnall, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael Halling, Thomas Keegan, Kathryn Tkel and Maggie Wilder. The play is directed by Nataki Garrett (Woolly Mammoth’s "An Octoroon"), associate artistic director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company.

Nearly 1,900 Tickets to be Offered via TodayTix Lottery for "Free First Preview" Performances

Tickets Good for First Performance of Each Mainstage Show During 2017-2018 Theatre Season

Ford’s Theatre Society continues the popular Free First Preview initiative, through which free tickets are given away to the first preview performance of all Ford’s Theatre productions, in partnership with TodayTix. The TodayTix mobile lottery will launch one week before the first preview of each mainstage production in the 2017-2018 season. This season’s Free First Preview performances are: "Death of a Salesman" (September 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m); "A Christmas Carol" (November 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.); "Jefferson’s Garden" (January 19, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.); and "The Wiz" (March 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.).


Featuring "Death of a Salesman," "Jefferson's Garden," "The Wiz" and "A Christmas Carol"

The Ford’s Theatre 2017-2018 season will include Arthur Miller’s"Death of a Salesman"; the American premiere of "Jefferson’s Garden" by Timberlake Wertenbaker and directed by Nataki Garrett; the fantastical musical "The Wiz" directed by Kent Gash; and "A Christmas Carol" with Craig Wallace reprising the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Performances of the Society’s actor-led History on Foot walking tours of downtown Washington, D.C., and daytime one-act play performances of "One Destiny" also continue in the spring of 2018. Ford’s also continues its commitment to offering more than 1,400 Free First Preview tickets to the company’s mainstage productions during the 2017-2018 season.