Kicking Off the School Year with Oratory

Editor’s note: Wally Hames, a teacher at Kuna Middle School in Kuna, Idaho, is in his third year as a Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellow. Here he reflects on attending a weekend retreat with his fellow Fellows in early September. Wow! What a start to the school year. I was one of the original handful…

An Unlikely Victory: Lincoln’s 1864 Re-Election

It was surprising that Abraham Lincoln won the presidency in 1860, given that his name did not even appear on the ballot in Southern states. That he won again in 1864, seemed nothing short of a miracle. The Ford’s Theatre Museum today features a section on the political troubles of 1864 and that year’s presidential…

Video: Playwright James Still on “The Widow Lincoln”

“Obviously if you see a play at Ford’s Theatre it’s impossible not to think about Abraham Lincoln,” playwright James Still said. However, Lincoln won’t be the central character of Still’s emotional world-premiere drama that opens at Ford’s Theatre in January 2015. Set during the six weeks following the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln, The Widow…

Music of the Lincoln Assassination

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This is the latest in a series of posts by Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection partner institutions, discussing the items they are contributing to the project and the impact of the Lincoln assassination in their locales. In the immediate wake of President Abraham Lincoln’s death in the early morning hours of April 15, 1865, the calamitous course of events…

“Driving Miss Daisy” Theatrical Trailer

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Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace star as Daisy and Hoke in the Ford’s Theatre production of Driving Miss Daisy. Watch our new theatrical trailer and get of glimpse of why BroadwayWorld.com called the show “perfectly cast!” Driving Miss Daisy must close on Oct. 26, 2014. Learn more about the play and get tickets at: http://www.fords.org/event/driving-miss-daisy

Playwright Alfred Uhry and Atlanta

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“Write what you know” is a familiar adage in the literary world. Playwright Alfred Uhry took that advice to heart and became one of the most lauded writers currently working. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, to a family of German-Jewish descent, Uhry made a name for himself focusing on the people and places he knows. Uhry…

Growing Up Lincoln: War and Play in the White House

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Tad Lincoln’s toy sword can be seen on display at the Ford’s Theatre Museum. In this month’s Museum Feature, learn more about the Lincoln sons and their childhood in the White House. The story begins like this: In April 1861, artillery shells bombarded Fort Sumter, South Carolina. A few days later, the fort fell to…

Driving Miss Daisy: Meet the characters

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Though Driving Miss Daisy has a cast of only three, playwright Alfred Uhry creates a rich world of characters living in Atlanta at mid-century. Many other friends, historical figures, former employers and the like are referenced throughout the script. We’ve highlighted the key on- and offstage players here, who create context for the relationship that…