May 10-19, 2013
May 24, 2013- June 2, 2013
By Alfred Uhry
Directed by Silas Cooper
Starring Janet Shea*, Donald Lewis, and Kristoper Shaw*
NOTE: All Westwego Performing Arts Theatre peformances have been moved to Teatro Wego!, which is located in front of the performing arts theatre.
Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and later, an Academy Award-winning film. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man.
The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, 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 it becomes movingly clear that they have have more in common than they ever believed possible.
"The play is sweet without being mawkish, ameliorative, without being sanctimonious." —NY Times. "…a perfectly poised and shaped miniature on the odd-couple theme." —NY Post. "Playwrights Horizons has a winner in this one…gives off a warm glow of humane affirmation." —Variety. "DRIVING MISS DAISY is a total delight." —NY Daily News.
* Denotes actor is a member of AEA (Actors' Equity Association)
Aproximate Run Time: 2 hours. There will be one fifteen minute intermission.
FAMILY RATING: G