The Heavens are Hung in Black
To celebrate our grand reopening and the bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birth, Ford’s Theatre has commissioned a new play, The Heavens Are Hung In Black by award-winning playwright James Still. Heavens will be the first play offered in the newly renovated Ford’s Theatre.
Highlighting the five months between the death of Lincoln’s son Willie and the delivery of the Emancipation Proclamation, Heavens will offer audiences a glimpse into the person who was Abraham Lincoln. Faced with unbearable personal, political and historical pressures, Lincoln copes with the world around him and eventually, through an amazing transformation of thinking, conquers it. Don’t miss this exciting world premiere perfect to reopen the historic Ford’s Theatre.
John Hay, Lincoln's personal secretary
Ward Lamon, Marshal/Billy Brown
David Emerson Toney
Dred Scott/Uncle Tom/Butler/Solider
Mary Todd Lincoln
Stephen Douglas and Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War
Edward James Hyland
Secretary of State William Seward/Jefferson Davis
Mrs. Winston/Young Woman