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CCU offers ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ lectures

January 14, 2014

Coastal Carolina University history professors Maggie M. Morehouse and Eldred “Wink” Prince Jr. will talk about the historical perspectives relating to the play “Driving Miss Daisy,” currently running at Atlantic Stage through Feb 2.

“Driving Miss Daisy,” by Alfred Urhy, is a moving and humorous study of the unlikely relationship between an elderly white Southern woman and a proud, soft-spoken black man who is her chauffeur. The Atlantic Stage production is directed by Gwendolyn Schwinke, assistant professor of acting and voice in CCU’s Department of Theatre. It features retired CCU theatre professor Sandi Shackelford in the title role, as well as Al Mathias and CCU alumnus Jason Adams. The show opened Jan. 10 and runs Thursdays to Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. until Feb 2.

Following performances on Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan.19, Morehouse will discuss “The Modern South.” The talk will specifically address changes during the civil rights era, as well as norms and laws that changed for African Americans in the era.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, Prince will speak on “Driving Miss Daisy: A Historical Perspective” following the 3 p.m. matinee. Both lectures will be held at Atlantic Stage in the Myrtle Beach Education Center at 79th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass.

Morehouse graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies and currently teaches Southern history at CCU. She works with media crafting oral histories into visual short stories on topics ranging from black World War II soldiers, to enslaved potters, to Southern women, to African Diaspora migration.

Prince, professor of American history at CCU, has served on the faculty since 1987. Prince also directs the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies at Coastal. His research interest is Southern economic history. He is the author of “Long Green: The Rise and Fall of Tobacco in South Carolina” and “The Golden Harvest: Remembering Tobacco in the Pee Dee.” Prince was also an associate editor of the “South Carolina Encyclopedia.”

Atlantic Stage is a professional, nonprofit theatre aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of the Myrtle Beach area by providing quality theatrical productions of classical, contemporary and new works that are entertaining and enlightening. Atlantic Stage is an ensemble of professional resident artists committed to artistic excellence, community enrichment and educational outreach.

Flex passes and individual show tickets can be purchased online at by calling the box office at 877-287-8587 or by stopping by the theatre during box office hours. The box office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.