Following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, powerful public reactions caused the War Department to seize Ford’s Theatre from John T. Ford (eventually offering him compensation) and gut the building.
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. In this blog post, we’ve highlighted the key players!
Honorable Mention for the highest award in educational interactive videoconferencing has been presented to Ford’s Theatre Society for its Investigation: Detective McDevitt distance-learning program!
Director Jennifer L. Nelson returns to the Ford’s Theatre for the first time since 2012 to direct this season’s production of Driving Miss Daisy. Jennifer sat down with us to talk about the unlikely relationship that evolves between an older Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
The photograph here may be the only one showing someone pointing the actual deringer pistol that Booth used—not something to be recommended from the standpoint of either proper museum collections management or, arguably, good taste.
As you enter the Museum, you see a set of brass knuckles, a knife and a pair of artillery goggles from four years before the assassination, when Lincoln first faced a threat to his life as he journeyed to Washington to take the office of President.