One-act Play About Lincoln's Assassination

Learn about President Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? This 35-minute performance explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. The production also has been featured in local schools and at the White House.

Length: 35 minutes. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

"Interesting view of events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of the men who were there."

- Fae G., TripAdvisor
Photo of Stephen F. Schmidt and Michael Bunce by Mark Ramont.

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A walking tour of downtown Washington that brings history to life. On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30 p.m., frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy.

Reviews

"Interesting view of events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of the men who were there. Even more than the museum, we enjoyed a one act play, 'One Destiny,' where actors who portrayed the co-owner of the theater and an actor of the theater at the time, discuss whether they could have changed the course of history. It was an interesting view of events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of the men who were there."

- Fae G., TripAdvisor

"It was very well done ... Very special to be in the actual place and see the balcony booth where the Lincoln party sat. The play gave some insights about the day of the event I did not know."

- Ron C., TripAdvisor

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