Despite the shutdown of the federal government, Jefferson’s Garden will continue its full run (January 19 to February 8) at Ford’s Theatre. The concern arose when Congress was unable to reach an agreement to keep the government funded on Friday night, January 19th, forcing the shutdown. Ford’s Theatre operates with a private/public partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the federally funded National Park Service.
“Ford’s Theatre Society is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and does not use any federal funding or federal employees for its performances,” this morning’s press release explained. “Because its productions do not utilize public money, Ford’s Theatre Society will be able to continue mainstage performances during a government shutdown.”
The Center for Education and Leadership, which is owned and operated by the Society, and includes three floors of exhibits about Lincoln’s assassination and legacy, will remain open to the public (9:30am to 5pm). However, the historic site (Ford’s Theatre’s Museum, located within Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visits. National Park Service Ranger programs are canceled.
The Kennedy Center will continue its planned programming, box office and parking facility, although operating with a somewhat reduced staff. According to its website, the facility employs 55 federal employees who will be furloughed.
All Smithsonian museums will remain open this weekend but will be closed starting Monday, January 22, if the government shutdown continues into next week and will not reopen until federal funding is available, a Smithsonian spokeswoman said in a statement. Should this closure happens, it will affect performances scheduled at Discovery Theater, located within the Ripley Center.
“The Smithsonian museums and its National Zoo will remain open for the weekend. We will not open Monday, January 22nd, and will not reopen until federal funding is available, a Smithsonian spokeswoman told Channel 4 (NBC) news.
We are not aware of any other impact on local theatres due to the shutdown of the federal government which began at midnight, Friday night.
Sophia Barnes’ article for Channel 4 News: Things you can and can’t do during the government shutdown