Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Monday, May 19, 2014.

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Ford's Theatre

Jan. 24-Feb. 23
music by Jeanine Tesori; lyrics and book by Brian Crawley;based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts;music direction by Jay Crowder; directed by Jeff Calhoun

“A truly charming and meaningful new American musical!” –The New York Post

A touching story of hope, love and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South in search of a miracle. On her journey, she meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth. Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie) returns with a dynamic score of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock. Watch a video with Tony-nominated director Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies).

“Deeply stirring! As Tesori has demonstrated in shows like Caroline, or Change, set in the South in the same period, she has an ear acutely attuned to American roots music. At the same time, she is an eloquent melodist.” –The New York Times

"Jeff Calhoun, who staged a surefire Big River here in 2005, and did well by Shenandoah a year later, again applies his eye and ear to a tuneful tale set in rural America.” –The Washington Post

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Ford's Theatre offers audio-described, captioned and sign-interpreted performances. Dates are listed online.
Lead Sponsor: Exxon Mobil Corporation
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Jan. 24-Feb. 23

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Mar. 14-May 17
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Special Exhibition: Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War
Jan. 14-July 6

Season Sponsors: The Home Depot; Chevron


Detail of Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-33091.

Special Exhibition:
Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War

Explore technological innovations that captured President Lincoln’s fascination and impacted the war in a new exhibition on display at the Center through July 2014. A man of innovation and imagination—the only U.S. president to hold a patent—Lincoln investigated any invention that held the potential to help make the shattered nation whole again. Learn about the first war telegraphs, advancements in naval warfare and photography, and see rare items including a naval speaking trumpet and a Greene Breechloading Underhammer Bolt-action rifle.


Win a Night Out
Dinner and Tickets to Violet

Win two tickets to the award-winning musical Violet plus a $100 gift certificate to the brand-new restaurant City Tap House. Enter online by Friday, January 17, 2014. Winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Photo of oratory fellows Catherine Plumb-Sperry and Jennifer Erdtmann by Thembi Duncan.

Education Update
Oratory in Missouri

In November, Lead Teaching Artist Thembi Duncan visited Bridger Middle School in Independence, Missouri, for a two-day residency in the classrooms of National Oratory Fellows Jennifer Erdtmann and Catherine Plumb-Sperry. Duncan taught oratory and team-building exercises to more than 150 students, whom she was meeting for the first time in person, after conducting virtual workshops since September. Duncan also provided training to more than a dozen teachers to use oratory and drama to teach a variety of subjects.


Photo by Gary Erskine

Highlights from the Museum
An Assassin’s Escape

After shooting Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth leapt from the Presidential Box and fled Washington on horseback. Later that night, Booth and a fellow conspirator, David Herold, who had caught up to him, arrived at Mary Surratt’s tavern in Surrattsville, Maryland, where they picked up supplies before heading south into Virginia. Trace Booth’s 95-mile escape route and learn about his capture in the interactive map exhibits at the Center for Education and Leadership.


“Execution of five deserters in the 5th Corps” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division: LC-DIG-ppmsca-21035

Civil War 150
Desertion in the Union Army

In a war where brothers were pitted against each other, desertion became a problem that would define the Civil War. One of the greatest trials the Union had to overcome was how to handle captured deserters, and how to keep soldiers from going home when their initial tour of duty ended.



Member Appreciation Night at Violet
Become a Member

One of the many benefits of membership is our new Member Appreciation Night! We invite members to enjoy 20% off tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance on February 11 of Violet. Membership supports all of the plays and musicals at Ford’s Theatre. We will thank our members with a warm welcome, complimentary gift and a few special surprises. Join the Ford’s membership family and order your tickets today by calling the Membership Hotline: (202) 434-9545.




Featured Partner
Signature Theatre

A Broadway dream team – Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne – gifted us with one of the great American musicals. This tale about show business life features brilliant sets and costumes from vaudeville to burlesque chronicling the life of the ultimate stage mom, Momma Rose, and her daughters Dainty June and Gypsy Rose Lee. Helen Hayes winner Sherri L. Edelen as Rose belts beloved musical classics Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Some People, Rose’s Turn and more. Tickets on sale now at or (703) 820-9771.



Featured Restaurant
White Apron

Exquisite flavor is our objective. Our inspiration comes from our emphasis on quality, fresh ingredients and simplicity. We create our very own spreads and sauces binding the flavors together and adding an enhanced dimension to taste. Each original sauce is expertly emulsified right here, daily. Meats, cheeses, vegetables and herbs are precisely sliced. Ingredients are stacked together in combinations that create balance and flavorful contrasts. Finally, we hold our sandwiches together with artisan bread baked fresh every day.