Lincoln Assassination Play, One Destiny, Begins Evening Shows June 14 at Ford's Theatre

News   Lincoln Assassination Play, One Destiny, Begins Evening Shows June 14 at Ford's Theatre Richard Hellesen's One Destiny, the 35-minute play commissioned by the Ford's Theatre Society "to bring the drama and emotion of the American Civil War to life through theatre," will play rare evening performances June 14-July 2 at historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC.

Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt
Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt Photo by Ford's Theatre

The play — featuring busy DC actors Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt, under Mark Ramont's direction — is usually part of Ford's Theatre's daytime programming. Ford's, as you know from your history books, is the site of the shooting of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

The June-July evening shows run Tuesdays at 5:30 PM, and Wednesdays through Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM.

According to Ford's, "This unique 35-minute play captures the emotions of that fateful night in 1865, as told through the eyewitness accounts of those at Ford's Theatre."

In One Destiny, theatregoers "learn about Lincoln's assassination from two men who were there: actor Harry Hawk and Ford's Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? The play explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that night."

Patrons attending evening performances of One Destiny also may visit the Ford's Theatre Museum. Museum entry is available at 5 PM and 6:15 PM, and free with a ticket to One Destiny.

Performance tickets for One Destiny are $7.50 and can be reserved in advance through TicketMaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting fords.org. Ticketmaster fees apply. Groups of 20 or more may reserve tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.

Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt
Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt Photo by Ford's Theatre
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