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2015 marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and naturally, Ford’s Theatre has planned a season full of tributes to its most notorious claim to history. Instead of mounting a revival of Our American Cousin, the play Lincoln was watching when John Wilkes Booth shot him, the theater commissioned The Widow Lincoln, a speculative look at Mary Todd Lincoln’s life in the 40 days after her husband’s murder. Mrs. Lincoln, one of America’s most controversial first ladies, is sometimes described as insane or remembered as a greedy and manipulative figure, but this world premiere presents her as simply human, struggling to cope in the midst of a national crisis. Prolific playwright James Still returns to Ford’s for the first time since presenting 2009’s The Heavens Are Hung in Black, which celebrated the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth. Together with director Stephen Rayne, Still provides a nuanced and well-researched glimpse into the famous widow’s psyche post-tragedy. The play runs Jan. 23 to Feb. 22 at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $25–$62. (202) 347-4833. fords.org.