Show to move locations:
The show will go on for Ford’s Theatre despite the shutdown. Tonight’s performance of The Laramie Project will go on as planned but not at Ford’s Theatre. Because of the shutdown, tonight’s performance will be held at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s rehearsal hall.
The following statement has been posted on the Ford’s Theatre website:
Because of the ever-changing situation with the government shutdown, we have received conflicting messages over the last several days about the fate of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site. Ford’s Theatre Society is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and we do not use any federal funding or federal employees for our performances. Because our productions do not utilize public money, we were able to continue performances during previous government shutdowns. However, we have now been told that we cannot perform in the theatre during the shutdown, which will affect performances of The Laramie Project and upcoming Lincoln Legacy Project events. We have moved tonight’s press night performance to Woolly Mammoth Theatre, which has generously offered us its rehearsal space. As the shutdown progresses, we will be in touch with patrons regarding the status of future performances.
Our walking tour, “Investigation: Detective McDevitt,” will continue. The Center for Education and Leadership, which is owned and operated by the Society, will stay open for daytime visits from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Center includes two floors of permanent exhibits about Lincoln’s assassination and legacy. It also includes one floor of temporary exhibits, currently showing “Not Alone: The Power of Response,” which features a selection of letters sent to Matthew Shepard’s family in order to explore the themes of empathy, community response and personal responsibility.