Actors playing Harry Ford and Harry Hawk, in 1860s costume, stand, facing to the right and clap.
Stephen F. Schmidt and Michael Bunce in One Destiny at Ford’s Theatre. Photo by Mark Ramont.

Historic Milestones: One Destiny hits 1,000!

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On Friday, June 10, 2016, our one-act play One Destiny celebrates an incredible milestone: 1,000 performances! This two-character story, which premiered in spring 2007 at Ford’s, is set at Ford’s Theatre itself shortly after the Lincoln assassination.

One Destiny revisits the events of April 14, 1865, from the point of view of Harry Ford, one of three brothers who owned Ford’s Theatre, and the great comic actor Harry Hawk, who performed on stage on the night of the Lincoln assassination. Together, the two recollect the events of the day and ponder if they could have stopped John Wilkes Booth before he acted to assassinate President Lincoln.

Michael Bunce and Stepen F. Schmidt in One Destiny at Ford’s. Photo by Gary Erskine.

Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt have performed the many characters (five or more roles each!) in One Destiny since its beginnings. Though most of those performances have taken place at Ford’s, Bunce and Schmidt have taken the show to schools, outdoors, and even to the East Room of the White House!

In the below Periscope video, Bunce and Schmidt chat with Marketing Manager Sara Cohen and take questions from those tuning in about their roles, the show and other Ford’s Theatre history.

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Please note: It’s live, folks! At 10:50 we should have said Our American Cousin instead of One Destiny.

Have you seen One Destiny? Share your thoughts on the show in the comments section below.

Lauren Beyea is Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at Ford’s Theatre, where she oversees media relations. She is editor of the Ford’s Theatre Blog. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenBeyea.

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Lauren Beyea was Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at Ford’s Theatre

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