The view from the Ford’s Theatre stage looking out to the audience. To the left of the stage is the President Box with an American flag, a framed picture of George Washington and American flag bunting draped over the box. To the right is another box with yellow and white curtains. In the center of the stage is a wooden desk. The view includes two levels of seating and rows of lighting equipment on the third level.
Photo © Maxwell MacKenzie.

From Quill to Curtain: Crafting Plays Inspired by History

The Ford’s Theatre Legacy Commissions: A First Look Playwriting Workshop

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 5:45-7:45 p.m.

Join us for a two-hour community workshop where writers of all levels are invited to work on elements of playwriting centered around building a narrative based on a historical figure or event. Themes covered will include historical research, the use of primary sources, creative license, crafting the storyline and characters and connecting the past to the present. 

Playwright Nambi E. Kelley will share insight into her process in the creation of the play SISTER X in a Q&A-style interview at the top of the workshop. Time will be allotted to in-session writing, after which participants will share their work with the group.

BEFORE the workshops, participants will be required to:  

  • Identify the historical figure or event they would like to develop their play around.  
  • Conduct preliminary research to inform their writing such as but not limited to: Name (s), time period and setting and historical contribution or significance.  
  • Please bring this information with you to the session.  

Pencil and paper will be provided. Electronic devices are not necessary but you may bring along your own laptops.  

Workshop space is extremely limited. Please contact us if you are no longer able to attend the event. 

For more information about this program, email [email protected].