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Latest News and Press Releases

Ford’s Theatre Presents Student Oratory: "Stand Up: Be Heard"

Students from Rockville High School and Arlington Career Center Perform Original Speeches on the Ford’s Theatre Stage

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., local high school students take to the historic Ford’s Theatre stage to deliver original speeches in Stand Up: Be Heard, an annual celebration of oratory as part of the Ford’s Theatre education programs. The performance features students from Rockville High School (Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland) and Arlington Career Center (Arlington Public Schools, Virginia). The one-hour program features speeches reflecting the issues that matter most to the students. Topics include one student’s experience wearing a hijab, a reflection on coming out as gay, experiences as a first-generation immigrant, and much more. Tickets for the event are free and available in advance at www.fords.org and the day of the event at the Ford’s Theatre box office (511 Tenth Street, NW).

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE FOR "INTO THE WOODS": Saturday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets Now On Sale

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society will host a sensory-friendly performance for Into the Woods, on May 11, 2019, 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 Into the Woods may include: lessening of lighting focused on the audience; lower stage sound levels, especially for sudden or loud sounds; designated take-a-break spaces; allowances for audience talking, movement and use of tablets and smartphones for communication; as well as designated quiet areas. Printed materials to prepare attendees for their visit to Ford’s Theatre and the performance itself will be made available to patrons.

Spring Programming: "One Destiny" performances and History on Foot Walking Tours resume March 2019

"One Destiny" performances return March 18-May 18, 2019; "Investigation: Detective McDevitt" Tours run March 16-October 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society announced that the popular one-act play "One Destiny" and the History on Foot walking tour "Investigation: Detective McDevitt" will resume in March 2019. Tickets for both programs are available for purchase at www.fords.org or in person at the Ford’s Theatre box office (511 Tenth Street NW).

Ford's Theatre 2019-2020 Season Announced

Season Includes August Wilson’s "Fences," "A Christmas Carol," "Silent Sky" and "Guys and Dolls"

Washington, D.C.—Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the upcoming 2019-2020 theatrical season will include August Wilson’s "Fences," directed by Timothy Douglas and starring Craig Wallace and Erika Rose; "Silent Sky," an inspiring drama about trail-blazing female astronomers, directed by Seema Sueko; the classic musical comedy "Guys and Dolls," directed by Peter Flynn; and "A Christmas Carol" featuring Craig Wallace reprising the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Free First Preview Ticket Initiative Continues Daytime One-Act One Destiny Runs March-June 2020 History on Foot Walking Tours Continue March-October 2020

MAY 6, 2019: EIGHTH ANNUAL NATIONAL ORATORY FELLOWS PERFORMANCE

Students and Teachers from Across U.S. Perform on Stage at Ford's

Twenty-two students and four teachers from across the United States will deliver both historical and original speeches on the historic Ford’s Theatre stage. The performance marks the culmination of the 2018-2019 Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows program, which trains teachers to integrate oratorical skills, from performance to speechwriting, into their curricula. The May 6 performance is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved in-person at the Ford’s Theatre box office or in advance at www.fords.org. The students featured in the performance were chosen as student delegates by the National Oratory Fellows in conjunction with Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artists, based on a variety of criteria, including academic effort and progress and excellence in oratory. A select number of National Oratory Fellows will also perform.

Casting Announced for "Into the Woods"

Musical Plays March 8 to May 22, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society announced full casting and design team for "Into the Woods," directed by Peter Flynn and choreographed by Michael Bobbitt. The production features Evan Casey and Awa Sal Secka as the Baker and Baker’s Wife, Rachel Zampelli as the Witch, with Samy Nour Younes as Jack, Erin Driscoll as Cinderella, Jade Jones as Little Red Ridinghood, Christopher Mueller as Cinderella’s Prince/First Wolf, Quynh-My Luu as Rapunzel, Hasani Allen as Rapunzel’s Prince/Second Wolf and Scott Sedar (Narrator/Mysterious Man). The musical plays March 8 to May 22, 2019, at historic Ford’s Theatre. The production is recommended for ages 12 and older.

March 16: FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY & ABRAHAM LINCOLN INSTITUTE PRESENT LINCOLN SYMPOSIUM

Speakers include David Blight, Michael Burlingame, Richard Carwardine, Nina Silber and James Tackach

Washington, D.C.—The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free full-day symposium focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Ford’s Theatre (511 Tenth Street NW). This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration for tickets is encouraged and available now through March 15, 2019. Day-of tickets will be available on March 16 on a first-come basis. Speakers include David Blight, Michael Burlingame, Richard Carwardine, Nina Silber, James Tackach, and a panel discussion moderated by Lucas E. Morel.

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 www.youtube.com/fordstheatre. Classrooms will share their experience with Ford’s Theatre on Twitter during a “Virtual Festival” on Monday, April 15, 2019.

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.

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.