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.
Alfred Uhry adapted his award-winning 1987 play, Driving Miss Daisy, into an award-winning movie in 1989. Yet he still said that, “The work [on movies] is never as satisfying as working on the stage because you can’t really control it. I don’t ever feel like it’s mine.”
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.
The story of “Driving Miss Daisy” takes place from 1948 to 1973—a period of great societal change in America. As part of our production study guide, the Ford’s education team has created a timeline of events that highlights major milestones in the Civil Rights era.
Ford’s Theatre is excited to begin its 2014-2015 season. The season will include main stage productions of Driving Miss Daisy, the return of Edward Gero as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln by James Still, and the new musical Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
The most common photo of Clara Harris is not—we believe—the correct Clara Harris.