Ovation TV readies doc on Ford’s Theatre

The U.S. arts net has greenlit an original documentary titled Ford's Theatre: America's Playhouse (pictured), on the iconic Washington DC institution where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
March 5, 2015

U.S. arts net Ovation TV has greenlit an original documentary on the Washington DC landmark Ford’s Theatre, where former president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Co-produced by Ovation Studios and the Tom Jennings-headed 1895 Films, Ford’s Theatre: America’s Playhouse (pictured) is to give an in-depth look at the early days of the theater, which will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination in April.

The film uses rare footage, photographs and interviews with historians, in addition to directors and actors from the theater, and traces the institution’s history from when it first occupied an abandoned church. Other events discussed in the film include the fire that destroyed the theater and its ensuing renovations, Lincoln’s involvement and his assassination, its closure and re-opening in 1968, and a further restoration and re-opening in 2009.

“Ford’s Theatre has a rich and storied past, even beyond the assassination 150 years ago,” said Scott Woodward, executive VP of programming and production at Ovation TV, in a statement. “It was a celebrated venue for live performances that went through a series of challenges, including a fire that destroyed the theater in 1862. In this documentary, we’ll explore its rich history and what’s ahead for this Washington landmark.”

Ford’s Theatre: America’s Playhouse is to debut on Ovation TV on April 14 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

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