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Ford's Theatre Reopening With Private Funds

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:54 PM EDT
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Ford's Theatre Reopening With Private Funds

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Ford's Theatre is reopening its doors and resuming performances with private funding, even though the government shutdown is continuing into a third week.

Theater officials announced Tuesday that the national historic site and performance space will reopen Wednesday. Theater trustee Ronald O. Perelman donated $25,000 in emergency funding to pay for the theater's operations for the next eight days.

Ford's Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, is a National Park Service site. A private group runs the theater's programming.

On Wednesday, the theater will resume performances of “The Laramie Project,” which is part of the theater's Lincoln Legacy Project focusing on diversity and equality. The production marks 15 years since Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was abducted and killed in Laramie, Wyo. Remaining tickets are $25 each.

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