Lincoln/Douglas Debate-Inspired Play The Rivalry at Ford's Theatre
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The last date listed for The Rivalry was Thursday February 11, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the '90s, Violet has wowed critics and audiences alike with its powerful story and its energetic, toe-tapping gospel, rock, country and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change). Set in the Deep South during the early days of the civil rights movement, Violet tells the touching story of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father as a child. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, Violet embarks on a long bus ride from her sleepy North Carolina town through Memphis to Oklahoma. She meets two young soldiers along the way who teach her about love, courage and what it means to be an outsider. Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, this Ford's Theatre production is directed and choreographed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies). Learn More
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My boyfriend and I are big fans of Lincoln, and we were so fortunate to be sitting in the balcony right across from his private box. Beautiful and intimate performances, we gabbed about our personal experiences for an hour. A play about Lincoln in Ford's theater- really how could you miss it?
Over the course of seven debates, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas tackled the hot topics of their day: state’s rights, slavery and the intent of the Constitution. The Rivalry captures the fiery rhetoric and wry humor of those debates, while adding the insights of Douglas’s wife, Adele. As Lincoln and Douglas race for the chance to be U.S. Senator, Adele reexamines her own concepts of freedom. Ford’s Theatre Director of Theatre Programming Mark Ramont directs Robert Parsons as Abraham Lincoln, Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Foucheux as Stephen Douglas and Sarah Zimmerman (The Matchmaker) as Adele. The New York Times calls the play “evocative… and stirring theatre.”
“The Rivalry is an incredibly inspiring story,” said director Mark Ramont. “Playwright Norman Corwin pulls most of his dialogue from the actual transcripts of the Lincoln-Douglas debate, so it’s a very true story. The play speaks to the power of an idea – in this case liberty for all men – and its ability to propel a man of humble origins to the highest office in the land.”
Media partner WAMU-FM provides promotional support throughout the run.
Ford’s Theatre Society is pleased to acknowledge Lead Production Sponsor Exxon Mobil Corporation. The Rivalry also is sponsored in part by American Express, Altria Group, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ford’s Theatre’s 2009-2010 season sponsors are The Home Depot and Chevron.
Mark Ramont makes his Ford’s Theatre directorial debut with The Rivalry. Ramont is Director of Theatre Programming for the Ford’s Theatre Society. Regional directing credits include Midwives for Round House, multiple productions for Circle Repertory Company (where he served as Associate Artistic Director), Stages Repertory Theatre and How I Learned to Drive for the Alley Theatre. He is a three-time recipient of the Austin Critics Circle Award for Best Director and a three-time winner of the Austin Circle of Theatres award for Outstanding Direction. Ramont has served on the teaching staff and as Director of Theatre at Rice University; he is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at American University.
Robert Parsons makes his Ford’s Theatre debut as Abraham Lincoln. Parsons’s recent credits include the role of Abraham Lincoln in A Civil War Christmas at TheatreWorks. Other regional credits include performances at the American Conservatory Theatre, Alley Theatre, and the award-winning production of I am my Own Wife with the San Jose Stage Company. Rick Foucheux makes his Ford’s Theatre debut as Stephen Douglas. Foucheux’s regional credits include his Helen Hayes Award-winning role in Studio Theatre’s Take Me Out, the world premiere Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Woolly Mammoth and Death of a Salesman at Arena Stage. Additional credits include performances with the Source Theatre, Folger Theatre, Olney Theatre, Theater J, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company and others. Sarah Zimmerman returns to Ford’s Theatre to play Adele Douglas. Zimmerman made her Ford’s Theatre debut as Mrs. Irene Malloy in The Matchmaker, for which she received a Helen Hayes nomination. Broadway credits include The Rivals (Lincoln Center) and The Full Monty (also national tour). Regional credits include performances for L.A. TheatreWorks, Old Globe Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Westport County Playhouse and the Lamb Players Theatre.
The Rivalry’s design team includes Scenic Design by Robin Stapley, Costume Design by Helen Huang, Lighting Design by Matthew Richards and Original Music and Sound Design by Matthew M. Nielson.