Much like its storied source material, (Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), The Wiz is an American cultural institution. Seven Tony Awards in 1975. Numerous revivals. A 1978 film adaptation turned cult-classic. And a live staging on NBC in 2015. Yet, I’ve never seen it and chose, as I often do, to walk […]
Christopher Michael Richardson is “easing on down the road,” nightly as the Lion in Ford Theatre’s imaginative production of the Tony-winning, The Wiz, which runs through May 12.
For 2018-2019, Ford’s Theatre has opted for a season of magic and optimism in which the corrupt are smited, the stingy are enlightened, wrongs are righted and children are delighted.
Set in the time of the American Revolution, Jefferson’s Garden is the sweeping story of the immense struggle of our country’s founders, and the personal story of two people desperately seeking freedom. Christian, the Quaker son of a German immigrant, promises his family that, despite joining up to fight for his new country’s liberty, he […]
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 […]
When Nataki Garrett was 9 or 10 years old, her aunt took Garrett, her sister, and two cousins to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home of Monticello. Garrett remembers walking through the gardens and main house of the estate, hearing a tour guide drone on about the fountain pen Jefferson had used to write historical documents as […]
Nora Achrati considers herself “very much a character actor.” “I was very intrigued by the premise of Mystery School and the opportunity to play these very different characters,” she says, speaking of the chance to inhabit five colorful characters in Paul Selig’s one-woman show, Mystery School. “I read the script and there was so much […]
There are hardly any traveling salesmen now, and yet we are almost all Willy Loman. We remember the home run we hit to win the big game in high school, when in fact we rode the bench at P.S. 89, and the big hit was in a sandlot pick-up game. We imagine that our diligence […]
The chemistry between the characters of long-time husband and wife Willy and Linda Loman in Ford’s Theatre’s Death of a Salesman may seem stronger than most other productions of Arthur Miller’s classic play, as director Stephen Rayne has cast real life couple Craig Wallace and Kimberly Schraf in the roles, respectively.
Ford’s has given us a magnificent and deeply moving musical about where we’ve come from, featuring, as its main character, America. The superbly attuned ensemble announces with full emotional authority that the stakes are high to resolve who we are as a people. As the character Coalhouse Walker Jr. and then the whole ensemble sing, […]