Join the Revolution at Ford’s Theatre in Penn Quarter

Reading the Declaration of Independence

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The year 1776 is a special one for all Americans; it’s the year the country was born.

Until May 19, a musical of the same name at Penn Quarter’s Ford’s Theatre – “1776” – “dramatizes the impassioned debates of Philadelphia’s Second Continental Congress.”

These were incredible times fraught with peril (sound familiar?), but the Founding Fathers – the men who orchestrated America’s separation from England – stuck it out, literally. There was no coming back from this if they failed in their revolutionary pursuits; and if they did, these brave men could expect imprisonment or worse. Eventually, the Declaration of Independence was signed at the Second Continental Congress.

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Here is an excellent timeline of those historic events for those interested.

Directed by Pete Flynn, this Tony Award-winning musical “showcases the principles, pride and determination that influenced the birth of our nation.”


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511 10th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

Ticket prices vary quite a bit; from what I’ve seen online, they go from the $30s all the way up to the $80s.

Again, as I always stress on here, if you want to go, buy now. These tickets have been on sale for a long time already, and there aren’t many left. I’m not sure how many people would sell tickets to a historical play on the Internet … stranger things have happened. As always part two, it never hurts to call the box office itself when inquiring about tickets to a nearly-sold out show.

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If you miss this particular offering, don’t fret. Ford’s Theatre, the Northwest venue where President Lincoln met his untimely demise, has an active events calendar, and here is a list of educational programs the whole family can enjoy.

Ford’s Theatre is located a short stroll from four Metro stations, with the Metro Center (Red, Blue/Orange Lines) and Gallery Pl-Chinatown stops (Red, Green/Yellow Lines) the closest.

So whether one wants to see “1776” or dig into some other facet of American history, Ford’s Theatre gives the apartment renter in Penn Quarter a chance to do just that. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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