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.

2013-2014 Theatre Season

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
March 14-May 17, 2014
music and lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Sheinkin; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; additional material by Jay Reiss;
music direction by Christopher Youstra; choreographed by Michael Bobbitt; directed by Peter Flynn
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. As they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric coterie finds a new sense of belonging.  Along the way, they learn that there is more to life than winning a trophy. This charming coming-of-age tale also invites four volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance, ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night. Peter Flynn (1776) returns to direct this heartwarmingly quirky Tony-winning musical comedy. The Wall Street Journal raved “Putnam County is that rarity of rarities, a super smart-show that is also a bona fide crowd-pleaser.”


Past Events

The Laramie Project
September 27-October 27, 2013
by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project; directed by Matthew Gardiner
Part of The Lincoln Legacy Project

The Laramie Project presents a deeply complex portrait of a community’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. The play portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew’s death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence. Fifteen years later, Matthew Shepard’s story still reverberates, urging us on with its clarion call to confront the destructive power of hate, in all forms. The Laramie Project is the third offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project—an effort to generate dialogue around issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. Experience the story that TIME Magazine calls “a pioneering and powerful stage event.”

Laramie Project Videos

Laramie Project Photos

A Christmas Carol
November 21, 2013-January 1, 2014
by Charles Dickens; adapted by Michael Wilson; directed by Michael Baron

Ford’s Theatre has delighted Washington audiences with A Christmas Carol for more than 30 years. 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.”

Christmas Carol Videos

Christmas Carol Photos

January 24-February 23, 2014
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 touching story of love, hope 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) returns with a dynamic score of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock. Directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies). The New York Post called Violet "a truly charming and meaningful new American musical."

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Ford’s Theatre will also continue its performances of One Destiny and its History on Foot walking tours.

Season Sponsors: The Home Depot; Chevron
American Airlines is the official airline of Ford’s Theatre. 
Amtrak is the official rail sponsor of Ford’s Theatre.

Photos of "The Laramie Project" and "A Christmas Carol" cast by Scott Suchman.