Resonating with American history, the hallowed halls of the Ford Theatre welcome lovers of art and history alike to partake in some of Washington, D.C.'s best performances.
The name "Ford Theatre" is etched into many Americans' brains as the assassination location of President Abraham Lincoln. However, what many don't know is that the theater is still producing plays today. So whether you're a local to the D.C. area, or you're planning a visit, here is a quick breakdown of what is happening at the Ford Theatre this February.
Silent Sky | January 24 to February 23
Silent Sky, which opened at the end of January, will continue to grace the stage for most of the month. The play focuses on the work of Henrietta Leavitt, an early astronomer whose scientific findings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries helped pave the way for future astronomers. Even though she, and her fellow women astronomers, are often uncredited in the significance of their findings, this play hopes to shed light on the importance of their work.
While the performances draw quite a crowd to Ford Theatre, that isn't all that the doors open for. Every day, the museum within the theater opens to the public. In this museum, you can learn more about the harrowing events leading up to Lincoln's assassination, the pivotal moment itself, and the aftermath. With four separate sections of the theatre open for this experience, visitors must have a ticket, and Ford Theatre recommends reserving a ticket in advance.
It is important to note that the Peterson House, the boarding house where President Lincoln spent his final hours, is currently closed for preservation work. It will reopen in March.