12 feb 1968 & john brown's body @ford's theatre
#OTD Monday 12 February 1968 The play, John Brown's Body, opened at Ford's Theatre (511 10th St NW). The title refers to John Brown, a white abolitionist who, with his sons and others, went to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia to spark a revolt against slavery.
The play, based on a poem by Stephen Vincent Benét, white, was produced by the theatre's new resident company, The National Repertory Theatre. This was the first production since its reopening a few weeks prior.
The Hilltop, Howard University's student newspaper, reviewed the play and highlighted an alum, Herb Davis, who was in the production:
Please comment below. Did you see the play? Did you visit the theatre soon after it opened? Do you have a copy of the program? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Cast of the 1968 Ford’s Theatre production of “John Brown’s Body.” Photo courtesy Ford’s Theatre Society.
Text of poem, 1928. Benét won Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Read about the Ford's reopening here.