Ford’s Theatre Announces Free Performances of ‘The Laramie Project’ at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Friday, October 4th and Tuesday, October 8th


Thanks to the generosity of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ford’s Theatre Society will present free performances of The Laramie Project at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4th and Tuesday, October 8, 2013. The church is located just one block from Ford’s Theatre at 945 G St. NW. Tickets available on site each night at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open for general admission seating at 7 p.m. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ford’s Theatre is operated through a public-private partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service. Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and we do not use any federal funding or federal employees for our programming.

Because of the government shutdown, Ford’s Theatre Society is not able to access the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site for its performances of The Laramie Project. All performances at the historic site have been canceled through October 8th, including The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Patrons will be contacted about exchanging into later performances.

Holly Twyford and Kimberly Schraf in the Ford’s Theatre production of “The Laramie Project,” directed by Matthew Gardiner. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
Holly Twyford and Kimberly Schraf in the Ford’s Theatre production of “The Laramie Project,” directed by Matthew Gardiner. Photo by Carol Rosegg.


Amanda Gunther’s review of The Laramie Project  on DCMetroTheaterArts.

Read other reviews of The Laramie Project. 


What Other Programming Continues?

Fords-Theater-logo-2Our walking tour, Investigation: Detective McDevitt, will continue. This walking tour of downtown D.C. is led by an actor portraying Detective James McDevitt, who was on duty the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy.

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. Not Alone features a selection of letters sent to Matthew Shepard’s family in order to explore the themes of empathy, community response and personal responsibility. It is presented in conjunction with the FTS production of The Laramie Project.

The free panel discussion With Charity for All: Lives Changed by Hate will still take place on Monday, October 7, 2013, at 7 p.m. It has been relocated to the Center for Education and Leadership. The discussion will feature: Dave O’Malley, who was the lead investigator into the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard; Billy Rowles, who was Jasper County Sheriff during the 1998 murder of James Byrd, Jr.; and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart as moderator.

What is Canceled?

The historic site (Ford’s Theatre, Museum and Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visits and the National Park Service Ranger programs are canceled as long as the shutdown is in effect. The Society has canceled performances of The Laramie Project at Ford’s Theatre through October 8 and added two free performances at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Patrons will be contacted regarding exchanging into a later performance.

When the site is allowed to reopen, daytime visits and The Laramie Project will resume as scheduled.


The Laramie Project plays through October 27, 2013 at Ford’s Theatre—511 10th Street NW, in Washington, DC. For tickets, call the box office at (202) 347-4833, or purchase them online.


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