Washington Day Three - Ford's Theatre


To sit in Ford's Theatre and watch a play about the assassination of Lincoln where the former President's seat was a part of the production was indescribably surreal.

The two-man play entitled 'One Destiny' was a fictionalized account which took place just days after the assassination and recounted the reactions of the actors and of Ford, the theatre owner himself, during that turbulent time.

Some amazing insights into the personality of John Wilkes Boothe, an actor who worked at the theatre, who had played Brutus (the assassin of Julius Caesar) just weeks before and lived in the shadow of a family of far better actors. He was a young and frustrated man. A Confederate sympathizer, Boothe believed he would be exonerated by history and that Lincoln would leave no legacy behind.

He was wrong on both accounts.