Holly Twyford will reach another milestone in her notable career as a Washington actor when she tackles the role of Martha in Edward Albee’s masterpiece, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, as part of Ford Theatre’s 4-production season next year.
Ford will kick off the season on September 2, 2016, with Come From Away, a David Hein/Irene Sankoff musical based on a true story about a small town in Newfoundland which found itself playing host to thirty-eight planes and 6,579 passengers suddenly grounded by the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. The town of Gander basically had its population doubled within twenty-four hours, but responded in an eager and resourceful way. Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times called it “small yet stirring.” The musical will run through October 9.
On November 17 through December 31 Ford’s will produce A Christmas Carol, a play about — well, you know what it’s about.
Virginia Woolf will open the 2017 portion of Ford’s season on January 21. In this Aaron Posner-directed production, George and Martha, academics in a cow-town college, return to their disheveled home with a young faculty couple in tow. As the alcohol flows, the evening turns into a night of unremitting — and hilarious — venom as George and Martha defenestrate each other and, in so doing, turn up some unacknowledged truths. Virginia Woolf has been to DC before at Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Arena Stage and The Kennedy Center (where Katherine Turner played Martha) and has never failed to stun and delight.
Ford’s season concludes with a production of Ragtime, the E.L. Doctorow novel-turned-to-musical about America on the cusp of change at the dawn of the 20th century. With book by Terrance McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime won a Tony for best book and another for best score. This production will feature local actors Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan Atkinson.
In addition to this full production schedule, the Ford’s season features a one-night-only appearance by the storied political satirist Mark Russell on September 19, 2016 and the 35-minute, one-act play about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre. One Destiny, which will run from March to June, 2017.
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