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Government Shutdown May Halt ‘Laramie Project’ at Ford’s Theatre

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WASHINGTON — Ford’s Theatre may have to postpone its run of “The Laramie Project” because the play is being forced out of the theater during the government shutdown.

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.

“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.

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