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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Latest News and Press Releases

Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site Temporarily Closes Until Further Notice in Response to Rising Local and Regional Cases of COVID-19

Virtual Live, Interactive and On-Demand Distance-Learning Programs Continue

Washington, D.C. – Due to rising regional and national cases related to the coronavirus pandemic, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23. Virtual programming such as the scheduled monthly Cabinet Conversations (Dec. 17), Virtual Play Readings (Dec. 10) and distance-learning events will continue. "Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service reopened Ford’s Theatre and its museum on a limited basis on October 14, after a seven-month closure,” explained Paul R. Tetreault, director of Ford’s Theatre Society. “We have implemented a series of new health and safety measures to safely welcome back visitors. However, we cannot ignore the rising cases in our city and region. Based on the data and in partnership with the National Park Service, we are reclosing the site to further protect our staff and visitors."

FORD’S THEATRE PARTNERS WITH WAMU 88.5 FM TO PRESENT RADIO PLAY OF "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

Audio available to Ford’s Theatre Members December 7, 2020; To the Public on www.fords.org December 14, 2020; WAMU 88.5 FM Broadcast at noon ET December 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In time for the holiday season and in partnership with WAMU 88.5, Washington, D.C.’s NPR news station, Ford’s Theatre presents a one-hour radio play adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, featuring acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge. WAMU will broadcast the play on December 25, 2020, at noon ET. The radio play will also be made available to Ford’s Theatre Members on December 7 and to the public on December 14, via the Ford’s Theatre website, www.fords.org/carol-radio. In addition, WAMU will make the broadcast available to other public media stations nationwide during December 2020.

Phased Reopening of Ford’s Theatre Site Announced by Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service

Reopening for Museum and Theatre Wednesday, October 14, 2020; Advance Ticket Reservations Required; Tickets for October 14-18 available online beginning October 13 at 10 a.m; Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits Remain Closed

Washington – Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service announce a phased reopening schedule for Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Museum beginning Wednesday, October 14, 2020, with advance tickets required. Tickets for October 14-18 will be available online beginning October 13, 2020, at 10 a.m. Following the initial opening, Ford’s Theatre and its museum will operate with a modified schedule for daytime visitation on Wednesdays through Sundays with required advance tickets. Timed entry to Ford’s Theatre and museum will be available on the hour from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The site will be closed during the 1 p.m. hour for cleaning. Adhering to capacity policies set forth by DC Health, a maximum number of 25 visitors per hour are permitted in the building during this stage of reopening.

Ford's Announces Changes to 2020-2021 Theatre Season

A Christmas Carol To Be Released as a Radio Play; Revised Three-Play Spring Season Focuses on Civil Rights Icons; New Commissions of Plays by BIPOC Playwrights about BIPOC Figures in History

Washington, D.C.—Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced updates to the Ford’s Theatre 2020-2021 season, following a revaluation amid the national reckoning for racial justice and the impacts of COVID-19 on live performances. The fall production of Horton Foote’s "The Trip to Bountiful" is canceled. "A Christmas Carol" will be released as a radio play featuring Craig Wallace as Scrooge. The revised three-play spring season focuses on Civil Rights Icons: "My Lord, What a Night" by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Sheldon Epps; "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall; "Necessary Sacrifices" by Richard Hellesen and directed by Psalmayene 24. New commissions of plays by BIPOC playwrights about BIPOC figures in history. "Guys and Dolls" is postponed. Virtual programming continues with Cabinet Conversations, Virtual Play Readings and educational distance-learning initiatives

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.”

Ford's Theatre Launches Lincoln's Great Words Challenge June 8-July 31, 2020

Virtual Challenge Encourages Participants to Perform Lincoln’s Words

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre announced the launch of Lincoln’s Great Words Challenge, June 8 to July 31, 2020—an eight-week online oratory challenge exploring Abraham Lincoln’s speeches. The challenge features weekly hour-long workshops via Zoom exploring the text of Abraham Lincoln’s public addresses and his oratorical delivery while also providing public-speaking training to improve participants’ skills. The challenge includes an opportunity for participants to submit video recordings of their own performances of Lincoln’s great words. Participant videos may be published on the Ford’s Theatre website and social media channels.