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Private Donation Reopens Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre is re-opening with the help of one donor.
Ford's Theatre is re-opening with the help of one donor.

Ford's Theatre is reopening its doors and resuming performances with private funding, even though the government shutdown is continuing into a third week.

Theater officials say the national historic site and performance space opens today. Theater trustee Ronald Perelman donated $25,000 in emergency funding to pay for its operations for the next eight days.

Ford's Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, is a National Park Service site. A private group runs its programming.

The theater will now resume performances of "The Laramie Project,'' which is part of the its 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, Wyoming.

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