An actress portraying contralto Marian Anderson stands by a cluttered desk and near an actor portraying Albert Einstein. Einstein holds a violin.
Photo of Felicia Curry as Marian Anderson and Christopher Bloch as Albert Einstein by Scott Suchman.

My Lord, What a Night

A new drama based on the real-life friendship between contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein.

date October 1, 2021 — October 24, 2021
100 minutes with no intermission.
Recommended for 12 and older

After performing in Princeton, New Jersey, acclaimed contralto Marian Anderson is denied lodging at the Nassau Inn because she is Black. Physicist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his home, and the two form a profound friendship based on their love for music and their commitment to human rights.

Based on true events, My Lord, What a Night takes us into Einstein’s home and imagines the conversations and circumstances that led to Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Ford’s Senior Artistic Advisor Sheldon Epps (Twelve Angry Men) returns to direct Felicia Curry as Marian Anderson, Christopher Bloch as Albert Einstein, Michael Russotto as Abraham Flexner and Franchelle Stewart Dorn as Mary Church Terrell.

Don’t miss this remarkable new play about courage, justice and our shared humanity.

Artistic Team

Writer Deborah Brevoort
Scenic Design Meghan Raham
Costume Design Karen Perry
Lighting Design Max Doolittle
Sound Design John Gromada
Hair and Make-Up Designer Danna Rosedahl
Projection Designer Clint Allen
Production Stage Manager Brandon Prendergast
Assistant Stage Manager Julia Singer


Headshot for actor Christopher Bloch.

Christopher Bloch

Albert Einstein

Headshot for actress Felicia Curry.

Felicia Curry

Marian Anderson

Cast Headshot Franchelle Stewart

Franchelle Stewart Dorn

Mary Church Terrell

Headshot of actor Michael Russotto.

Michael Russotto

Abraham Flexner

Cast Headshot Theresa Cunningham

Teresa Cunningham


Headshot of actor Eric Hissom.

Eric Hissom

Voice of Reporter/ Understudy

Headshot of actor Lawrence Redmond.

Lawrence Redmond

Voice of Reporter

Stephen F. Schmidt

Voice of Reporter

From the Gallery

"Truly thrilling!"
– DC Metro Theater Arts
"Those with the chance to view “My Lord, What a Night” should do so, and hopefully leave the theater after better for it."
– The Hill
"Curry is the heart of the drama with her innate dignity and radiant singing."
"…Provides a thought-provoking window into history and a reminder that even well-intentioned and intelligent people may disagree on the right response to social injustice."
– Maryland Theatre Guide
"The cast features some of D.C.'s strongest and most compelling actors – what a delight to see them work so expertly together, pinging off each other's energy and interpretation."
– Broadway World

Costume Sketches by Karen Perry

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