Ford's Theatre Society presents One Destiny

Jun 9, 2011
Ford's Theatre

The Ford's Theatre Society offers evening performances of "One Destiny" by Richard Hellesen June 14-July 2, 2011. "One Destiny" was commissioned by the Ford's Theatre Society to bring the drama and emotion of the American Civil War to life through informative and entertaining theatre. This unique 35-minute play captures the emotions of that fateful night in 1865, as told through the eyewitness accounts of those at Ford's Theatre. Starting June 14, evening performances run Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays through Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Patrons attending evening performances of "One Destiny" also may visit the Ford's Theatre Museum. Museum entry is available at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., and free with a ticket to One Destiny.

Learn about Lincoln's assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford's Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? This 35-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. Featuring costumed actors.

Performance tickets for "One Destiny" are $7.50 and can be reserved in advance through TicketMaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting Ticketmaster fees apply. Groups of 20 or more may reserve tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.

Since it reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre has been one of the most visited sites in the nation's capital. Ford's Theatre has enthralled visitors because of its unique place in United States history, and its mission to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists, arts institutions and arts patrons.

Ford's Theatre reopened in February 2009 after an 18-month renovation. The Ford's Theatre Museum reopened in July 2009. The renovations are part of The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign, a $50+ million capital campaign that supports the renovation of the theatre and museum as well as the building of the new Center for Education and Leadership, an education center focused on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Since 2005, Ford's Theatre Society has been recognized by the critics and theatergoing public for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed "Big River" to the world premieres of "The Heavens Are Hung In Black" and "Meet John Doe," Ford's Theatre has undoubtedly begun to make its mark on the American theatre landscape.

In addition, through the leadership of Chairman Wayne R. Reynolds and Director Paul Tetreault, the mission of Ford's Theatre Society has expanded to include education as a central pillar of the organization, equal to that of producing theatre of the highest quality. As Ford's Theatre looks to the future, the health of the organization will be defined and determined not only by the quality of the productions on the stage but also by the success of its educational programming in teaching about the life, Presidency and lessons of leadership of Abraham Lincoln.