The Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, including the Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership, will be closed on the following dates: May 20, 2013; June 2, 2013; and June 5, 2013.
2012-2013 Theatre Season
book by Michael Stewart
music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
original production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion
produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five Inc.
music direction by James Moore
choreographed by Karma Camp
directed by Eric Schaeffer
March 15-May 18, 2013
In the Tony-winning musical farce Hello, Dolly!, the cantankerous half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder hires matchmaker Dolly Levi to find him a wife. Dolly soon hatches a plan to woo and win Vandergelder’s hand herself, while simultaneously arranging romantic prospects for his niece, his clerks and two of Manhattan’s most eligible shop girls. Jerry Herman’s memorable score and charming lyrics place the irresistibly mischievous Dolly center stage, making the role one of the most celebrated and high-spirited in musical theatre. Eric Schaeffer (Meet John Doe) returns to direct this enduring musical favorite in a co-production with Virginia’s Signature Theatre.
75th Anniversary Production
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Stephen Rayne
January 25-February 24, 2013
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama presents a timeless commentary on the transience of human existence. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, marry—and suffer the slings and arrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the interconnectivity of human beings. In celebration of the play's 75th-anniversary year, Stephen Rayne (The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Sabrina Fair and Parade) returns to direct a diverse cast, creating an Our Town for our time.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Michael Wilson
directed by Michael Baron
November 16-December 30, 2012
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”
by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
directed by Ricardo Khan
September 21-October 21, 2012
Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, Fly is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II. The play follows these courageous heroes hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa and the Caribbean as they train to fly combat aircraft. In spite of the overt racism they encounter, the men form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the later Civil Rights Movement. The production inventively combines live action, video footage and the inspirational “Tap Griot,” a dancing storyteller who expresses the anger, fear and triumph that the officers cannot.
Fly is the second offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project—an effort to create dialogue around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. Co-author Ricardo Khan directs the Washington premiere of this patriotic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. The New York Times raved Fly “is a superior piece of theatrical synergy.”
2012-2013 Season Brochure
View this season's brochure to get an in-depth look at our theatre season, visitation information, education programs, membership information and more!
Political Satirist Mark Russell takes the stage for a special one-night-only performance on President’s Day. Ford’s Theatre will also continue its performances of One Destiny and its History on Foot walking tours.
Photo of Edward Gero and Nancy Opel by Carol Rosegg. Photo of Christopher Wilson and Mark Hairston by Scott Suchman. Photo of Edward Gero and Anne Stone by T. Charles Erickson. Photo of Craig Wallace, Kimberly Schraf, Nickolas Vaughan, Alyssa Gagarin, Portia, Jenn Walker and James Konicek by Scott Suchman.