Ford's Theatre to Present New Frank Wildhorn Musical Freedom's Song, Driving Miss Daisy and More for 2014-15 Season
By Carey Purcell
Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. has announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season
Along with presenting its mainstage productions of Driving Miss Daisy, the return of Edward Gero as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln and the new musical, Freedom's Song, the theatre will honor the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and commemorate the 150 years since his assassination with the "Ford's 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination."
Special programming for the "Ford's 150" includes a museum exhibition that will return artifacts connected with the events of Lincoln's assassination to the Ford's Theatre campus for the first time since April 1865; an around-the-clock vigil on April 14-15 marking the events of Lincoln's shooting and death; performances of the Society's one-act plays One Destiny and The Road From Appomattox; History on Foot walking tours; a series of free panel discussions featuring historians and scholars; "Remembering Lincoln:" An online collection of personal reactions and artifacts showcasing the response to Abraham Lincoln's death; and more. A full programming schedule will be announced in January 2015.
"Daily at Ford's we seek to honor Lincoln and the tremendous impact his life, leadership and death had on our nation," director Paul R. Tetreault said in a statement. "With next year's season, we will celebrate classic stories of generosity and friendship, and pay tribute to one of our nation's greatest leaders through a vast array of engaging events, lectures, exhibitions and vigils on our campus. We welcome all to learn our national history, celebrate Lincoln's life and be inspired by his vision."
Additionally, Ford's Theatre is committing to a new commissioning initiative, featuring female playwrights. Jessica Dickey, Elaine Romero and Karen Zacarías are the first of many to be commissioned to write plays for upcoming seasons.
"For too long, plays by women have been underrepresented on the American theatre stage," Tetreault said. "Ford's is making a commitment to showcasing women's voices and to developing new plays that explore the American experience and Lincoln's legacy. In addition to participating in the fall 2015 Women's Voices Theatre Festival in Washington, we have commissioned three amazing playwrights to develop work for us."
The season-at-glance follows.
Driving Miss Daisy
A Christmas Carol
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