- Ford's Theatre is en garde for a government shutdown. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)
Though it previously reported otherwise, Ford's Theatre's musical Liberty Smith may go dark if a government shutdown occurs. For most of the day on April 6, Ford's Theatre's website said that the programming by the Ford's Theatre Society, which includes their world premiere production of the musical Liberty Smith, and theatrical walking tours "Investigation: Detective McDevitt" and "A Free Black Woman: Elizabeth Keckly," would continue uninterrupted. They amended this statement to reflect that Ford's Theatre's shows would be affected by the shutdown, after all.
The complete statement follows:
The Ford’s Theatre Society regrets the distribution of misinformation provided us earlier today regarding the effect of a potential government shutdown. We have since received new information.
In case of a government shutdown, all programming occurring within the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, including evening and matinee performances of Liberty Smith would, in fact, be cancelled. History on Foot programming will continue as scheduled. Ford's Theatre Society will continue to update its website and Box Office number with plans for daytime visitation and performances of One Destiny and Liberty Smith.
Since the 1968 reopening of Ford’s Theatre, the National Park Service and the independent 501c3 Ford’s Theatre Society have worked in a public/private partnership to provide nearly one million visitors each year a high quality historic and cultural experience at Ford’s Theatre. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.fords.org or call (202) 347-4833.
This story will be updated. Liberty Smith was reviewed today as a critic's pick.