COVID outbreak prompts Ford to cancel ‘The Mountaintop’

Ford’s Theater has canceled all Katori Hall performances The top of the mountainfrom January 21 to February 13, 2022, in response to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the DC area.

On The top of the mountain : On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retreats to his room at the Lorraine Motel as a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with startling news, King is forced to confront his fate and legacy with his people. Directed by Nicole A. Watson, the production was to feature KenYatta Rogers as Martin Luther King Jr. and Shannon Dorsey as Camae.

Ford’s Theater’s next scheduled production is the musical’s world premiere Grace, celebrating African-American cuisine, family, and tradition, March 18 through May 14, 2022.

“The highly contagious omicron variant, along with anticipated staff shortages related to the state of the pandemic and notable audience hesitation for January and February performances created a perfect storm at this time,” the director said. of the Ford Theatre, Paul R. Tetreault. “This is not a decision that was taken lightly. We continue to evaluate our programming schedule and prioritize the health of our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers. We believe that this is the necessary call to make given the continuing problems presented by the current health crisis.”

Those who bought tickets for The top of the mountain directly through Ford’s Theater should email [email protected] or call (888) 616-0270 to chat about an upcoming performance of the new musical Grace (from March 18 to May 14, 2022) or convert their tickets into a gift certificate for future use. Those unable to redeem can consider donating the value of the ticket to the theater (fully tax deductible) or receiving a refund. For tickets purchased through another point of sale, contact the point of sale directly.

Until February 2022, Ford’s Theater and Museum are open for daytime tours Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesdays only. The Petersen House and Aftermath exhibits remain closed during our current reopening status. Advance tickets are recommended. Face masks are mandatory for all, regardless of vaccination status. Full details of day visits and current safety measures are available online.

About Ford’s Theater Society: One of the nation’s capital’s most visited sites, Ford’s Theater reopened in 1968, more than a hundred years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated in a partnership between the Ford’s Theater Society and the National Park Service, Ford’s Theater is the nation’s capital’s premier destination for exploring and celebrating the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Under the direction of director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theater is recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works by the Tony nominee Come from afar and nationally renowned big river at the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Hang Black, Liberty Smith, Necessary Sacrifices, The Widow Lincoln and The guard, Ford’s Theater is making its mark on the American theatrical landscape. For its achievements, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit fords.org.

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