The Widow Lincoln

Mary Bacon plays First Lady Mary Lincoln in the world premiere play "The Widow Lincoln," by James Still. Scott Suchman
Performance Dates

Ridiculed and disdained for her perceived sense of entitlement, Mary Lincoln sparked more controversy than any First Lady before or since. Set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln’s murder at Ford’s Theatre, The Widow Lincoln portrays a very human Mary in the aftermath of her husband’s death as she mourns the post-war life they will never share. Playwright James Still (The Heavens Are Hung in Black) returns with an emotional drama that explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief of the maligned “Mrs. President.” Ford’s Theatre commissioned this world premiere as part of the Ford’s 150, a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Mary Lincoln
Elizabeth Keckly
Mammy Sally
Queen Victoria
Nettie Colburn
Young Maid

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Projections/Media Designer
Anne Nesmith