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‘Grace’, music that celebrates African-American food, family at Ford’s Theatre in DC

Nolan Williams, Jr.

Packed with an eclectic mix of styles including jazz, R&B, rousing up-tempos and raise-the-roof ballads, Grace is an electrifying musical feast celebrating the perseverance of family and the power of traditions.

Created by Washington, D.C.,’s own celebrated composer Nolan Williams, Jr., Grace examines the little-told history of African-American culinary tradition and the challenges faced by Black-owned businesses.

The musical captures a day in the life of the Mintons, a Philadelphia family who gather to mourn the loss of their matriarch and deal with the future of their family restaurant in a changing neighborhood. Heartfelt and hopeful, timely and timeless, Grace is the new American musical where, although family comes first, everyone has a seat at the table.

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With memorable titles such as “Three Okra Seeds” and “Potlikker” and “When Gran’Me Cooked,” every song holds a story to savor.

Produced by special arrangement with Edgewood and NEWorks Productions

COVID-19 Health and Safety
We’ve made some changes to help keep you, our staff and our artists safe and healthy. Please visit COVID-19 Health and Safety to learn more.

Recommended for ages 10 and older.

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Grace will play March 18 to May 14, 2022, at Ford’s Theatre, 514 10th Street NW, Washington DC. Tickets are on sale now online and range from $22 to $81. Discounts are available for groups, members, senior citizens, military personnel, and those younger than age 35. The production is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Free First Preview is March 18, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. Ford’s Theatre partners with TodayTix to give out free tickets for the first performance of each mainstage production in our theatrical season. Four-hundred tickets are available via the TodayTix digital lottery, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on March 11 for the March 18 7:30 p.m. performance of Grace. To enter the digital lottery, patrons must download the TodayTix app (available in Apple App Store or the Google Play Store), open it, and select the “Free First Preview” performance for Grace. Winners will be notified by email and push notification between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ET on the day of the first preview. Winners must confirm their winning tickets (up to two) in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified. Visit for additional details.

Ford’s Theatre is accessible to persons with disabilities, offering wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms, audio enhancement Braille and large print playbills. Audio-described performances of Grace are April 12, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. and April 30, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. A sign-interpreted performance is April 14, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. A sensory-friendly performance is May 7, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

Beginning March 21, 2022, all performances of Grace will be captioned via the GalaPro App. GalaPro is available from the App Store or Google Play and allows patrons to access captioning on demand through their phone or tablet device. Patrons set their phones to airplane mode and connect to the local GalaPro Wifi network before the performance begins. More information can be found at

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COVID-19 Health and Safety

Regardless of age, all patrons with tickets to in-person performances are required to show a government-issued photo ID and proof of full vaccination status (physical copy or digital photograph of vaccination card) upon arrival to their performance for admittance. Ford’s Theatre will not accept negative COVID-19 rapid or PCR tests for unvaccinated individuals. All performance patrons must be fully vaccinated. Face coverings are also required for all.

Children ages 5 and older must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a vaccination card. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days since the final vaccine dose in the regimen. Acceptable forms of government-issued photo IDs include driver’s licenses and passports. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult that meets the above requirements. Performance ticket holders who do not comply will not be admitted.

Ford’s Theatre COVID-19 guidance is developed in collaboration with the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (GW MFA). As one of the largest physician groups in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, GW MFA is recognized for excellence in clinical care, research and training of future care providers. The advice and expertise of the medical staff at the GW MFA, which is based on data and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has helped Ford’s Theatre Society strengthen its safety procedures to better serve and protect patrons, artists and staff as productions and daytime visits resume. For more information about Ford’s Theatre health and safety protocols, visit

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