Driving Miss Daisy is a 1987 play by Alfred Uhry about the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish lady and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, from 1948 to 1973. The original off-Broadway production starred Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman. The first production took place at Playwrights Horizons Theatre on 42nd Street in New York. It later moved down the street to the John Houseman Theatre. Iveyâ€™s performance garnered her an Obie Award as Best Actress. The play was the first in Uhryâ€™s â€œAtlanta Trilogyâ€ dealing with Jewish residents of that city in the early 20th century. The play was Uhryâ€™s most successful, winning him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was performed in Londonâ€™s West End in 1988, with Dame Wendy Hiller as Miss Daisy Werthan.
In 1989, the play was adapted for a Warner Brothers film with Morgan Freeman reprising his role and Miss Daisy played by Jessica Tandy. The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, her synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns. Hoke is rarely seen out of Miss Daisyâ€™s presence, although the title implies that the story is told from his perspective.
The film won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Picture. It is also, as of 2008, the last PG-rated film to win that title.
There will be THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY!
at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts:
Thursday, July 3rd – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 4th – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday July 5th – 8:00 p.m.
The play runs 90 minutes, without an intermission.
This production features, in order of their appearance:
Daisy Werthan – Jane Poveromo
Boolie Werthan – David Jonathan Burrows
Hoke Coleburn – Anthony â€œSkeeboâ€ Roberts
The play is directed by Philip A. Burrows
Because there are only three performances, seats are limited for this production. Ticket sales information will be released to the general public in few days.
Advanced bookings are available to the readers of this blog, members on our Ringplay mailing list and subscribers to the Ringplay discussion board.
Tickets are $20 (Purchased by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the performance) or $25 if purchased at the door.
Ask about our group rates for groups of 20 or more.
There are no student discounts available for this production.