- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 6, 2003

Brian J. Laczko will replace the late Frankie Hewitt as acting executive producer of Ford's Theatre, the Ford's Theatre Society's Board of Trustees announced yesterday. Mrs. Hewitt, the producing artistic director of the venerable theater, died in her Kensington home Friday. She was 71.
Mr. Laczko, the theater's managing director since 1998, previously spent 12 years with the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, both as executive director and managing director. His background also includes work as a free-lance scenic and lighting designer.
His current duties include serving as treasurer for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, an international group comprising 140 theaters. He also helps judge Washington's annual Helen Hayes Awards and has served on a panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.
The theater continues its current season with the Tony Award-winning musical "1776," which starts preview performances Wednesday and runs through June 1.
Productions like "1776" might not have been possible if not for Mrs. Hewitt's hard work. Her three-plus decades with Ford's included returning theatrical shows to the hall and then, in later years, boosting its profile through fund-raising and outreach efforts.
President Bush honored Mrs. Hewitt for her steadfast support of the arts with a 2002 National Humanities Medal.
Christian Toto

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