Ford’s Theatre Announces 2024-2025 Season

View from the stage of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre. Photo © Maxwell MacKenzie

“The 2024-2025 season celebrates Ford’s Theatre’s roots as a historic theatre by showcasing President Abraham Lincoln’s life and values culled from his own personal story, and uplifting stories teeming with life,” Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault said.

Highlights include actor Scott Bakula (TV/Film: Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise, NCIS: New Orleans; Ford’s: Shenandoah) as President Abraham Lincoln in Herbert Mitgang’s Mister Lincoln; the return of beloved music-filled holiday favorite Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol; and the riotous musical comedy based on the hit film, Sister Act.

And then there are the actor-led History on Foot (March-October 2025) walking tours of downtown DC and daytime one-act play performances of One Destiny (March-June 2025) that Ford’s will continue this spring. If you haven’t taken advantage… what are you waiting for?!

Here’s the 2024-2025 Ford’s Theatre Season:

Mister Lincoln

Featuring Scott Bakula as President Abraham Lincoln
By Herbert Mitgang; Directed by José Carrasquillo

In this witty and revelatory one-man show starring Scott Bakula as President Abraham Lincoln, “Mister Lincoln” shares stories of himself during some of our country’s most important historical events. From his own personal perspective, first as a prairie lawyer and anti-slavery advocate in Illinois, to later in Washington as president of the United States, when he signs the Emancipation Proclamation and becomes the liberator, this insightful play leans on Lincoln’s own brilliant language to reveal surprising aspects of the life of one of our nation’s greatest presidents.

A Christmas Carol

Featuring Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge
Based on the book by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Michael Wilson; Directed by Michael Baron

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic, with familiar characters, ghosts and a children’s ensemble in the spirit of the holidays. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the Fords annual tradition.

The Ford’s Theatre Legacy Commissions: A First Look

Featuring New Works by Nilo Cruz and Gloria Reuben,
Members of the Second Cohort of The Ford’s Theatre Legacy Commissions

In its third year, The Fords Theatre Legacy Commissions seek to amplify lesser-known stories and heroes responsible for changing the course of civil rights, social justice and equality in America. The 2025 edition of A First Look will workshop two new commissions by Nilo Cruz and Gloria Reuben. The workshops culminate in free public readings and post-reading discussions with the creative teams.

Sister Act

Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Glenn Slater;
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner;
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Music Direction by William Yanesh; Directed and Choreographed by Jeff Calhoun

Sister Act is a riotous musical comedy smash based on the hit film that has audiences jumping to their feet! To escape the mob, a nightclub singer hides in a convent. While there, she helps her new sisters discover their powerful voices while she finds her own. This uplifting, Tony-nominated musical features original music by Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors). It is directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun (Broadway: Newsies, Fords: Violet, The Civil War, Freedom’s Song, Shenandoah). Awa Sal Secka as Deloris Van Cartier leads a powerhouse cast of D.C. favorite actors.

Stage Reading: The Inheritance

Inspired by E. M. Forster’s Howards End
By Matthew López; Directed by José Carrasquillo

To celebrate the nation’s capital hosting of WorldPride 2025, Fords Theatre presents a stage reading of Matthew López’s Tony-winning, two-part milestone play, The Inheritance, inspired by E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End. This theatrically exhilarating epic explores the lives of three generations of gay men as they chart divergent paths to forge a future for themselves in an ever-changing landscape. This dynamic and momentous piece is an examination of survival, healing, class divide and what it means to call a place home.

 

And lastly, here’s a ProTip to score FREE tickets to Ford’s Theatre:

All tickets to the first preview performances of Mister Lincoln and Sister Act will be offered free of charge via a TodayTix ticket lottery, and at least 100 free tickets will be made available for a preview performance of A Christmas Carol.