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FORDíS THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES OPENING OF THE CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP

12-14-2011

FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES

OPENING OF THE CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP

FOR FEBRUARY 2012

 

Stage play “Necessary Sacrifices” (World Premiere)

Debuts at Ford’s Theatre

January 20-February 12, 2012

 

Film Screening of “Slavery by Another Name”

January 30, 2012

 

Center for Education and Leadership

Ribbon Cutting and Press Conference on February 8;

Private Opening Celebration February 8

 

Free Public Open Houses on February 12 and 20

Include Education Workshops, Author Discussions,

Ranger Programs, One-Act Performances and More

 

Timed Entry Tours of the Center Begin February 21

 

WashingtonD.C.— Paul R. Tetreault, Director of Ford’s Theatre Society,  announced that the new Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (located at 514 Tenth Street NWWashingtonD.C.) will open in February 2012. The new Center will feature permanent and rotating exhibits, education studios and a distance-learning lab. The Ford’s Theatre Society will celebrate the opening with several public and private events honoring Abraham Lincoln’s leadership and legacy at both the Center and Theatre. Events include the world premiere of a newly commissioned play about Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass titled “Necessary Sacrifices” (January 20-February 12, 2012); two free public open houses on February 12 and 20 featuring programming at the Theatre and the Center including tours, author discussions, performances of the Society’s “Tales of the Lincoln,” “One Destiny and “Papa Day,” special Civil War-era music performed by the Washington Revels and on-site workshops with the Ford’s Theatre Society Education Department; and an invitation-only opening event on February 8, 2012.

 

The opening events of the Center for Education and Leadership are sponsored in part by AT&T.

Washington Flyer serves as media partner for the opening of the Center for Education and Leadership.

 

Housed in a building directly across the street from Ford’s Theatre and acquired by the Ford’s Theatre Society in 2007, the Center features two floors of permanent exhibits addressing the immediate aftermath of Lincoln’s death and the evolution of Lincoln’s legacy; a Leadership Gallery floor to be used for rotating exhibits, lecture and reception space; and two floors of education studios to house pre- and post-visit workshops, after-school programs and teacher professional development; and a distance-learning lab outfitted with state-of-the-art technology that will allow Ford’s to engage students and teachers nationwide and around the world. The building also houses the Ford’s Theatre Society administrative offices on its upper levels.

 

Renovations to the building began in
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