Ford’s to Stage ‘Dead Presidents’ Club’ Reading

Posted February 16, 2005 at 2:28pm

In honor of Presidents Day, Ford’s Theatre will stage a reading of “The Dead Presidents’ Club,” a work of political satire by Larry L. King, on Monday.

“The Dead Presidents’ Club” takes place in a holding place between heaven and hell, in which Presidents Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Harry Truman and Calvin Coolidge plot to get the case of their fate before God. In turn, each president is forced to justify himself and his administration.

Actress Lynda Gravatt, who is performing in Ford’s current production of “The Member of the Wedding,” will participate in the reading, as will actors Rick Foucheux, Richard Pelzman and Grady Smith.

King has written a number of plays, including “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”

Monday’s reading of “The Dead Presidents’ Club” is free, but an RSVP is requested. Call the Ford’s Theatre box office at (202) 434-9545 or e-mail boxoffice@ fordstheatre.org.

Ford’s Theatre is at 511 10th St. NW. For more information, see https://www.fordstheatre.org.

Folger Extends Run of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Folger Theatre has extended its run of the classic William Shakespeare drama “Romeo and Juliet” through Feb. 27.

PJ Paparelli directs the tale of two star-crossed lovers whose family feud leads to tragedy.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $30-$38 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings; $35-$43 for weekend matinees; and $40-$48 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Folger Theatre is in the Folger Shakespeare Library at 201 East Capitol St. SE. For tickets, call (202) 544-7077 or visit https://www.tickets.com. For more information, see https://www.folger.edu/public/theater/menu.asp.

New Poet Fellows Will Read at Library

Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, has chosen Martin Walls and Claudia Emerson as the 2005 Witter Bynner Fellows in Poetry. They will each receive $10,000 fellowships, which are granted by the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

Emerson’s poems have appeared in literary journals such as Poetry, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse and New England Review, along with others. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her poetry collections include “Pharaoh, Pharaoh” (1997),“Pinion, an Elegy” (2002) and the forthcoming “Late Wife.” Currently, she is associate professor of English at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

Walls holds a master of fine arts degree from Purdue University, where he was poetry editor of Sycamore Review. He has taught at Purdue, Ball State University, Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y., and at Syracuse University. Walls is the author of two books of poetry, the first titled “Small Human Detail in Care of National Trust” (2000) and a forthcoming follow-up called “Commonwealth.” Currently, he is the assistant editor of Making Music, a magazine for music-making hobbyists, and a senior writer for International Musician, the journal of the American Federation of Musicians.

Both Emerson and Walls will read poetry to mark their award at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 24, in the Montpelier Room of the Library’s James Madison Building. Tickets are not required.

— Amy Carlile and Amanda Arcuri