The vigil, which is free to the public, will follow a performance of The Laramie Project, held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
All proceeds from the Oct. 11 performance will be donated to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded in honor of Shepard, who died Oct. 12, 1998.
Presented in conjunction with the Ford's production of The Laramie Project and as part of The Lincoln Legacy Project, the vigil will feature remarks by the late Shepard's father, Dennis Shepard, as well as a performance by members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. Rev. Dwayne Johnson of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington will lead an interfaith moment of silence.
Ford's Theatre, which has been closed due to the government shutdown, has relocated several performances of The Laramie Project to First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Participants of the vigil can register by visiting mattshepardvigil.eventbrite.com.
More information about Ford's Theatre can be found by visiting fords.org.