By Carey Purcell
02 Oct 2013
"Because of the ever-changing situation with the government shutdown, we have received conflicting messages over the last several days about the fate of Ford's Theatre National Historic Site," a statement on the theatre's official website said. "We have now been told that we cannot perform in the theatre during the shutdown, which will affect performances of The Laramie Project and upcoming Lincoln Legacy Project events. As the shutdown progresses, we will be in touch with patrons regarding the status of their performance tickets."
The Oct. 1 performance of The Laramie Project, about the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, WY, was moved to the Woolly Mammoth Theater.
Ford's Theatre, which is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, does not use any federal funding or federal employees for its performances. During previous government shutdowns, the theatre has continued performances.
The theatre's walking tour, "Investigation: Detective McDevitt," will continue, and the Center for Education and Leadership, which is owned and operated by the Society, will stay open for daytime visits from 9 AM-6 PM.
The Center includes two floors of permanent exhibits about Lincoln's assassination and legacy and one floor of temporary exhibits, currently showing "Not Alone: The Power of Response," which features a selection of letters sent to Matthew Shepard's family.
More information can be found by calling (202) 347-4833 or visiting fords.org.