Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lincoln-Themed Contest Package "Lincoln X3" Announced

From our friends at Ford's Theatre...

Winners to Enjoy Luxury Accommodation at the Willard Hotel, a World Premiere Performance of The Widow Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, and the Exhibition President Lincoln is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination at the Newseum, February 21-22, 2015.

Contest entry begins October 28, 2014

Ford’s Theatre Society, the Newseum and Willard InterContinental Hotel today announced Lincoln X3, a Lincoln-themed weekend contest package for two in Washington, D.C.

The Lincoln X3 package includes two tickets to the world premiere play The Widow Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre on Saturday, February 21; two general admission tickets to the Newseum, including entry into the special exhibition President Lincoln Is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination, which documents the historic news coverage of that tragic event; and a two-night stay (February 21-22) in an elegant Willard Room at the historic Willard, where Lincoln stayed prior to his inauguration.

Interested parties should visit www.fords.org/lincolnx3 to enter and for full contest rules. Entries must be received by January 18, 2015. Winners will be notified via email on January 20, 2015.

April 2015 marks 150 years since the assassination of President Lincoln and the end of the American Civil War. Lincoln X3 provides contest winners with an opportunity to take part in some of the events in Washington, D.C. to commemorate this historic occasion and to celebrate Lincoln’s legacy.

“Ford’s Theatre marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln in 2015 with a variety of events including the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln, by James Still. We are excited to partner with our colleagues at the Newseum and the Willard InterContinental Hotel to showcase our national history and encourage visitors to experience Lincoln’s Washington.” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.

Lincoln X3
Package Dates: February 21-22, 2015
Contest Entry Dates: October 28, 2014 - January 18, 2015
The Lincoln X3 package includes: two tickets to The Widow Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre on Saturday, February 21; two general admission tickets to the Newseum, including entry to the special exhibition The President Is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination; and a two night-stay in an elegant Willard Room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, February 21-22. Contest limited to two winners. Winners will be notified by email on January 20, 2015. For full contest rules, visit www.fords.org/lincolnx3.

The Widow Lincoln (World Premiere)
By James Still
Directed by Stephen Rayne
Performed at Ford’s Theatre (511 Tenth Street, NW)
January 23 - February 22, 2015
Ridiculed and disdained for her perceived sense of entitlement, Mary Todd Lincoln sparked more controversy than any First Lady before or since. Set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln’s murder at Ford’s Theatre, The Widow Lincoln portrays a very human Mary in the aftermath of her husband’s death as she mourns the post-war life they will never share. Playwright James Still (The Heavens Are Hung in Black) returns with an emotional drama that explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief of the maligned “Mrs. President.” Ford’s Theatre commissioned this world premiere as part of the Ford’s 150, a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.

President Lincoln Is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination
Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
February 13 - September 13, 2015
Marking the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Newseum exhibits an unparalleled collection of New York Herald special editions from April 15, 1865. The exhibit brings together all seven editions for the first time since 1865, including a recently discovered 8:45 a.m. “extra” that was the first edition of the Herald to report Lincoln’s death. With this exclusive exhibit, visitors will be able to view the newspaper’s complete coverage of the tragic event as it unfolded.

Newly Commissioned Lincoln Family Paintings
The Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
Commencing the 150th Lincoln tribute year, Oliver T. Carr, Jr., President and CEO of the Oliver Carr Company, and General Managing Partner of the Willard Hotel, has commissioned two portraits by artist John Gable: one of Mary Lincoln and eldest son Robert, and the other of President Lincoln with sons Willie and Tad. The paintings capture the essence of the Lincolns’ personal family life inside the White House rather than the formal pictures we so often see. The paintings were unveiled at the Willard InterContinental on October 28, 2014, and will remain on permanent display, flanking the fireplace in the hotel’s historic lobby.

About the Newseum:
The mission of the Newseum is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through education, information and entertainment. One of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., the Newseum’s 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum Institute serves as a forum for First Amendment study, exploration and education. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit newseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.:
An American institution, the Willard has hosted nearly every U.S. president since 1853. It was at the Willard that Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic, where President Ulysses S. Grant popularized the term “Lobbyist,” and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King finished his renowned "I Have a Dream" speech.  The classic Willard InterContinental combines heritage and luxury with contemporary comfort and the latest technology. For more information, visit www.washington.intercontinental.com.

Ford’s Theatre Society:
Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith, Necessary Sacrifices and The Widow Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. For its accomplishment, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information on the Ford’s Theatre Society, visit www.fords.org.