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Latest News and Press Releases

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

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.

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).


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.

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.



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.

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.

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.