Driving Miss Daisy Takes place in the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Wertham, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur.
The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple.
Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and, in a gesture of good will and shared concern, invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
As the play ends Hoke has a final visit with Miss Daisy, now ninety-seven and confined to a nursing home, and while it is evident that a vestige of her fierce independence and sense of position still remain, it is also movingly clear that they have both come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible, and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit.
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|Directors:||Nicki Edwards & Caroline Harris|
Sunday, July 10 from 2-4pm in the Barn Lobby
Tuesday, July 12 from 6-8pm in the Barn Lobby
September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 (Friday & Saturday evenings)
September 4, 11 & 18 (Sunday matinees)
September 11 at 12:30pm - Cost is $14.00 per person
Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 7.
Miss Daisy Werthan - Joan Agee Ishida
Hoke Colburn - Royal H. Garrison, III
Boolie Werthan - Jim Fleischhauer
Lighting and Sound - Mike Proctor
Producer - Nicki Edwards
Stage Manager - Mariah Boyd
Stage Crew - Kim Crichlow-Fleischhauer, Angelina Leon
Stage Crew - Rebecca Dudley, Dan Dhaliwil & Glanton Jerbel
Set Design - Nicki Edwards & Caroline Harris
Set Construction - Kevin Humman & Glenn Edwards
Costumes - Caroline Harris, Nicki Edwards & Joan Agee Ishida
Makeup - Kim Crichlow-Fleischhauer
Signage - Ali Plaisted