Paul R. Tetreault, Director of Ford’s Theatre Society, announced the line-up for the free Living Lincoln Series, which will premiere Feb. 16, 2009. This Monday-night series will explore the many aspects of President Lincoln’s personality and life through lectures, panels, play readings and performances. The series is part of the grand reopening for Ford’s Theatre, which reopens in February after an 18-month renovation.
The series begins Feb. 16 with Lincoln Seen and Heard, a words-and-images show that takes Abraham Lincoln from his days in Congress through the American Civil War.
The Feb. 16 program will feature Sam Waterston and Harold Holzer.
On Feb. 23, storyteller Jon Spellman will present Lincoln as Storyteller.
On March 2, Conan O’Brien and Joshua Wolf Shenk will present Lincoln as Humorist.
Ford’s Theatre collaborates with the Shakespeare Theatre Company on April 13 for Lincoln and Shakespeare on Freedom’s Stage, a presentation exploring Lincoln’s love of The Bard.
On April 20, Dr. Edna Medford will moderate a discussion titled Race and Emancipation in the Age of Lincoln.
On April 27, Ford’s will present Oratory in the Age of Lincoln.
The presentation on May 4 will be a reading of The Rivalry, about the Lincoln-Douglas debates with special guest actors.
On May 11, author and historian James McPherson will present Lincoln as Commander In Chief.
The series will end on May 18 with Lincoln in Love, the reading of a new musical based on the film Young Mr. Lincoln.
For more information: (202) 397-SEAT or http://www.fords.org/.