In this undated file photo Matthew Shepard, 22, is shown. Shepard was beaten, burned and tied to a wooden ranch fence near Laramie, Wyo., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, reportedly for being openly gay.
Ford's Theatre canceled its performances of "The Laramie Project'' at the historic site through Sunday because of the government shutdown but has found other sites for performances.
Theater officials had planned to go ahead with evening performances because the programing is funded privately and run by a nonprofit group. However, the theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated is a National Park Service site.
On Tuesday, the park service notified theater officials they would not be able to hold evening performances in the theater. Tuesday night's performance was moved to another theater's rehearsal space.
Two free performances of the play have been schduled for Friday and Tuesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 945 G St. NW, a block away from Ford's Theatre. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, seating opens at 7 p.m. and the play begins at 7:30 p.m.
"The Laramie Project'' 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.