PHOTO CALL: Matthew Morrison, Scott Bakula, Morgan Freeman at the Ford's Theatre Gala
By Krissie Fullerton
05 Jun 2012
Ford's Theatre Society's Annual Gala on June 3 at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, included the presentation of the Lincoln Medal to actor Morgan Freeman and humanitarian Elie Wiesel, "two individuals whose extraordinary character, accomplishments and life work reflect Lincoln's legacy of leadership, service, humanity, wisdom, eloquence and vision."
The night's show (directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun) "celebrated courageous American stories from the Revolutionary War to the present day through performance and song." Performers included soprano Anna Christy, musical duo The Civil Wars, R&B icon Bettye LaVette, "Glee" and Broadway actor and singer Matthew Morrison and Ford's Theatre's 1776 cast members Robert Cuccioli, Bobby Smith and others.
The Ford's Theatre Annual Gala benefits the nonprofit Ford's Theatre Society and its theatrical programming, plus including exhibits at the new Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.