Ford's Theatre Announces Shutdown Update, New LARAMIE PROJECT Schedule; Sets Vigil for 10/11

Ford's Theatre Announces Shutdown Update, New LARAMIE PROJECT Schedule; Sets Vigil for 10/11

Due to the government shutdown, Ford's Theatre Society (FTS) has relocated several performances of "The Laramie Project" to First Congregational United Church of Christ (945 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001) between October 9 and 15, 2013. The 2 p.m. October 13 performance of "The Laramie Project" has been cancelled. Patrons who had purchased tickets to performances October 9 through 15 at Ford's Theatre will be contacted by their point of purchase to exchange into performances at the church. All remaining tickets for performances at the First Congregational United Church of Christ are $25.

Performances of "The Laramie Project" at the First Congregational United Church of Christ are October 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and October 12 at 2 p.m. Doors will open for general admission seating 30-minutes before performance time. Tickets may be purchased online at www.fords.org or in person at the Ford's Theatre Box Office (511 Tenth Street NW, Washington, D.C.). When Ford's Theatre is allowed to reopen, "The Laramie Project" will resume as scheduled.

All proceeds from the Friday, October 11 performance of "The Laramie Project" will be donated to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Following the performance, the Society will host a candlelight vigil outside of Ford's Theatre in honor of Matthew's legacy and National Coming Out Day. At the vigil, Matthew Shepard's father, Dennis Shepard, will make remarks, Rev. Dwayne Johnson of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington will lead an interfaith moment of silence, and Members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, directed by Dr. Thea Kano, will sing. This event is free to the public. For more information on Friday's vigil, visit http://www.fords.org/event/candlelight-vigil.

Ford's Theatre is operated through a public-private partnership between Ford's Theatre Society and the National Park Service. Ford's Theatre Society (FTS) is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and we do not use any federal funding or federal employees for our programming. Because of the government shutdown, Ford's Theatre Society is not able to access the Ford's Theatre National Historic Site for its performances of "The Laramie Project."

As the government shutdown progresses, the Ford's Theatre Society will be in touch with patrons regarding the status of their performances and programming.

The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Matthew Gardiner is presented as part of The Lincoln Legacy Project.

"The Laramie Project" presents a deeply complex portrait of a community's response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. The play portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew's death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence. Fifteen years later, Matthew Shepard's story still reverberates, urging us on with its clarion call to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms. "The Laramie Project" is the third offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project-an effort to generate dialogue around issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. Experience the story that TIME Magazine calls "a pioneering and powerful stage event."

Updated performance schedule for "The Laramie Project" is as follows:

- Tuesday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.: FTS will host a free performance. Tickets will be available at the church beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open for general admission seating at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m.: Patrons with tickets to the previously scheduled Oct. 9 performance at Ford's Theatre will be exchanged into the performance at the church. All remaining tickets will be $25.
- Thursday, October 10, at 11 a.m.: All student groups with tickets to the previously scheduled Oct. 10 performance at 11 a.m. at Ford's Theatre will be exchanged into the performance at the church. This performance is sold out.
- Thursday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m.: Patrons with tickets to the previously scheduled Oct. 10 performance at Ford's Theatre will be exchanged into the performance at the church. All remaining tickets will be $25.
- Friday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m.: Patrons with tickets to the previously scheduled Oct. 11 performance at Ford's Theatre will be exchanged into the performance at the church. All remaining tickets will be $25. All proceeds will be donated to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Following the performance, Ford's will host a candlelight vigil outside of the theatre in honor of Matthew's legacy and National Coming Out Day.
- Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m.: Patrons with tickets to the previously scheduled Oct. 12 performance at 2 p.m. at Ford's Theatre will be exchanged into the performance at the church. All remaining tickets will be $25.
- Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m.: Patrons with tickets to the previously scheduled Oct. 12 performance at 7:30 p.m. at Ford's Theatre will be exchanged into the performance at the church. All remaining tickets will be $25.
- Sunday, October 13, at 2 p.m.: This performance has been canceled. Patrons will be contacted regarding exchanging into a later performance.
- Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.: Patrons with tickets to the previously scheduled Oct. 15 performance at 7:30 p.m. at Ford's Theatre will be exchanged into the performance at the church. All remaining tickets will be $25.




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