With this year’s play just around the corner — “Much Ado About Nothing” opens Tuesday — we take a look back at some of the past Free for All shows, sharing facts, figures and anecdotes from cast members and others.
1991: "The Merry Wives of Windsor"Paul Winfield and Caitlin O'Connell star in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's first Free For All at Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park. “The first time we did one at Carter Barron, I thought this was going to be like Chinese theater, where people get up and leave and have their lunch and come back,” says veteran actor Ted van Griethuysen. “But no. They were extremely respectful, they listened, no fooling around. It’s just interesting how much this appeals to the best in people.”Ken Cobb
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.