Ford's Theatre is a live, working theatre located in downtown Washington, DC. As a living tribute to President Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre produces musicals and plays that embody family values, underscore multiculturalism, and illuminate the eclectic character of American life. For nearly three decades Frankie Hewitt has been the driving force behind the dynamic new chapter in Ford's history. Lobbying first to have the structure renovated as a working theatre as well as a museum, then building new audiences, enriching the fabric of Washington's downtown theatre scene and developing new American theatre works. One desperate act assigned Ford's a permanent place in the history of our nation. Ford's Theatre Society, under Frankie Hewitt's leadership, has gone beyond that tragedy to reclaim the Theatre as a national treasure and to transform it into a celebration of America's cultural heritage.
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