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Over the course of seven debates, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas tackled the hot topics of their day: state's rights, slavery and the intent of the Constitution. The Rivalry captures the fiery rhetoric and wry humor of those debates, while adding the insights of Douglas's wife, Adele. As Lincoln and Douglas race for the chance to be U.S. Senator, Adele reexamines her own concepts of freedom. Ford's Theatre Director of Theatre Programming Mark Ramont directs Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Foucheux and Sarah Zimmerman (The Matchmaker) in the play The New York Times calls "evocative, inspiring, and stirring theatre." Ford's Theatre has canceled the following performances: Wednesday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at 11 a.m. Patrons have the option of exchanging their tickets into another performance of The Rivalry or Little Shop of Horrors. Patrons who are unable to exchange may donate the value of their tickets to Ford's Theatre or request a refund.

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