Government Shutdown Update

During the government shutdown, the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership will be open for daytime visitation. The historic site (theatre, museum, Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visitation. Performances of "Twelve Angry Men" will go on as scheduled.

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Latest News and Press Releases

Casting for "Twelve Angry Men" Announced, Directed by Sheldon Epps

Production Plays January 18-February 17, 2019

Ford’s Theatre Society announced casting for its new production of Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom drama "Twelve Angry Men," playing from January 18 to February 17, 2019. The production features Erik King (CBS's "Dexter") as the dissenting Juror 8, Bru Ajueyitsi, Christopher Bloch, Eric Hissom, Sean-Maurice Lynch, Brandon McCoy, Jason B. McIntosh, Lawrence Redmond, Michael Russotto, Bueka Uwemedimo, Craig Wallace, Elan Zafir and Paz López. The play is directed by Sheldon Epps.

Government Shutdown Update

Performances of A Christmas Carol Go On; Aftermath Exhibits Open

In case of a government shutdown on December 22, 2018, Ford's Theatre Society (FTS) announced that the Aftermath Exhibits, located in the Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW), will remain open to daytime visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Performances of A Christmas Carol featuring Craig Wallace as Scrooge and directed by Michael Baron, will continue as scheduled through December 30, 2018.


Ten-year totals raised for Washington-area charities now exceeds $836,600

Ford’s Theatre Society announced that audiences and the company of "A Christmas Carol" raised $100,777.76 for the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project during performances of this season’s "A Christmas Carol." This year’s funds raised brings the company’s 10-year totals to $836,600.29 for D.C. charities, aiding the thousands within the D.C.-area who struggle with illness, homelessness and hunger. Donations were collected for the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project at curtain calls for all performances from November 15 to December 27, 2018. Patrons also were encouraged to make donations at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office, and members of the "Christmas Carol" company, crew and Ford’s Theatre Society staff contributed to the campaign.

Twelve Schools from 12 States Selected for 2018-2019 Lincoln Online Oratory Project (LOOP)

Participating students will create and record videos of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches

Washington, D.C. – Twelve schools from 12 states were selected to participate in the Lincoln Online Oratory Project (LOOP), a national initiative from Ford’s Theatre. The Lincoln Online Oratory Project is designed to help educators introduce the fundamentals of public speaking into their classroom and provides an opportunity for students to put these skills into practice. Classrooms taking part in the Lincoln Online Oratory Project will participate in three virtual lessons with a Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artist via video conference. Students will work together to create and record a video of one of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches. These videos will be shared with a national audience on the official Ford’s Theatre YouTube channel at Classrooms will share their experience with Ford’s Theatre on Twitter during a “Virtual Festival” on Monday, April 15, 2019.

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.



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.

Petersen House to Temporarily Close January 1, 2019, for Historic Preservation Work

House where Abraham Lincoln died to reopen in March 2019

Washington - The Petersen House (House Where Lincoln Died) will temporarily close for preservation work from January 1 through February 28, 2019. During this time, workers will update the historic wallpaper and perform general preservation and maintenance work on the historic structure that was left over from last year’s closure. The closure will not affect Ford’s Theatre, the Ford’s Theatre Museum, or the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership. Lines to enter the Aftermath Exhibits will likely be longer during the Petersen House closure. Project and schedule updates will be posted on, the Ford’s Theatre Twitter (@FordsTheatreNPS, @FordsTheatre) and Facebook (@FordsTheatreNPS, @FordsTheatre) pages.


For 10 years, company of A Christmas Carol has collected nearly $750,000 for local charities

Washington, D.C. — The company of the 2018 production of "A Christmas Carol" has selected D.C.’s Homeless Children's Playtime Project as recipient of this year’s donation drive inspired by the themes of charity in Dickens’s holiday classic. The Homeless Children's Playtime Project partners with homeless shelters in Washington, D.C., to create safe and fun play spaces for the children where they live. During the curtain calls for performances, the "A Christmas Carol" company will collect monetary donations on behalf of the Washington-based non-profit. Patrons may also make donations through the Ford’s Theatre Box Office. All donation checks should be made payable to “Homeless Children's Playtime Project.”


"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.

2018-2019 National Oratory Fellows Announced

Thirty-two teachers from across America selected to participate

Washington, D.C. – The Ford’s Theatre Education team announced the 2018-2019 cohort of 32 National Oratory Fellows, who were selected after a competitive application process. The Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows program, started in 2011, helps teachers integrate oratorical skills and strategies, from performance to speechwriting, into their curricula. Through oratory, students develop speaking, writing and leadership skills, in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of great American orators including Abraham Lincoln.