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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS WALNUT STREET THEATRE “DRIVING MISS DAISY” Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.  

January 7, 2014
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

WALNUT STREET THEATRE

“DRIVING MISS DAISY”

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 7, 2014 – One of America’s most celebrated theater companies presents Alfred Uhry’s delightful Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race, class, aging and friendship when Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre brings “Driving Miss Daisy” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Set in Atlanta in 1949, this heartwarming tale is the story of Miss Daisy, an older Jewish woman, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke. The play follows the pair throughout the 25 years of their relationship during the Civil Rights era as they develop a close friendship despite their socio-economic differences. The racism and anti-Semitism they encounter is a common bond that makes their unlikely friendship even stronger. The successful film adaptation starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman earned multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Walnut Street Theatre, or the Walnut, has had a significant impact on both theater history and American history since its inception, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Founded in 1809, Walnut Street Theatre hosted its first theatrical production, “The Rivals,” which was attended by both President Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette on opening night. Throughout the 19th century, it was home to a number of firsts on the American theater scene: it was the first theater to install gas footlights and air conditioning; the first theater to host a curtain call; and the first copyright law protecting American plays had its roots at the Walnut. Not only did the Walnut host a number of pre-Broadway tryouts of plays that would go on to become American classics, such as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” but its stages have been graced by numerous legendary actors, including Edwin Booth (the brother of John Wilkes Booth and a famous Shakespearean actor who purchased the Walnut in 1863), the Barrymores, Will Rogers, The Marx Brothers, Helen Hayes, Henry and Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Sidney Poitier, Lauren Bacall, George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Jack Lemmon and William Shatner, among others. In addition, the Walnut was the site of the first presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Today, Walnut Street Theatre is one of the most active theater companies in the United States, presenting more than 600 performances to approximately 56,000 subscribers. The Walnut recently celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets for WALNUT STREET THEATRE’S production of “DRIVING MISS DAISY” are $44, $36 and $22. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

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