Ford’s Theatre Society has announced that the company of the 2021 production of A Christmas Carol has selected Theatre Washington’s Taking Care Fund as the recipient of this year’s donation drive inspired by the themes of giving and charity in Dickens’s holiday classic. The Taking Care Fund provides financial assistance to DC-area theater professionals in times of unforeseen hardship.
During the curtain calls for performances, the A Christmas Carol company will encourage monetary donations on behalf of the Washington-based nonprofit. Patrons may make donations in person, by mailing a check made payable to “Taking Care Fund, Theatre Washington” to the Ford’s Theatre offices (514 Tenth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004), or give online at my.fords.org/donate/q/taking-care.
“The company’s collection is particularly meaningful as theatermakers across the region return to work after two years of great hardship. Each gift made in support of the Taking Care Fund during our curtain calls reaffirms our community’s willingness to step out for others and support those who need it most.” — Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.
Since 2009 and in the spirit of giving and charity expressed in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Ford’s audiences, cast, crew, and staff have collected more than half-a-million dollars for charities Bright Beginnings, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, Food & Friends, N Street Village, Bread for the City, Covenant House Washington, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, So Others Might Eat (SOME), Thrive DC, and House of Ruth. Funds directly help these organizations sustain the thousands within the DC area who struggle with issues of hunger, mental health, illness, and homelessness.
“We are deeply grateful for the artists and company at Ford’s Theatre in selecting the Taking Care Fund as their beneficiary this year. We are delighted to see more in-person performances opening, yet many theatermakers in our community are still without meaningful work. The Taking Care Fund continues to receive dozens of applications each month and we are committed to keeping the Fund open for as long as it is needed. This act of generosity from Ford’s Theatre will bolster the Fund into 2022.” —Amy Austin, President and CEO of Theatre Washington
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About Ford’s Theatre Society
Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has explored and celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and the American experience through theater and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the Tony-nominated Come From Away and nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung in Black, Liberty Smith, Necessary Sacrifices, The Widow Lincoln, and The Guard, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theater landscape. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit fords.org.
About Theatre Washington
Theatre Washington is an alliance of theater organizations, theatermakers, and theater supporters that promotes and nurtures a creative, equitable, healthy, and diverse regional theater community. Through partnerships and programs, we support the Washington, DC, region’s professional theater community to celebrate artistic achievement, strengthen the theatrical workforce, support institutional growth and advancement, and cultivate collective action.