Written by Alfred Uhry, “Driving Miss Daisy” is the story of how Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish woman, and Hoke Coleburn, a black man working as her chauffeur, grow to respect, appreciate and even love each other over a 25-year-span in mid-century Atlanta.
Cast members are Myra Byrnes as Daisy, John Petty as Boolie and Benny Southward as Hoke. CT-A artistic director Cris Skinner is the play’s director, and Cheryl Sproles is technical director for the play. Leah Petty is costume designer, Cynthia Potter is sound designer and Melody Credle is stage manager. CT-A board members Tonya Maxedon and Brent McCarty are the play’s producers.
“Driving Miss Daisy” is a CT-A Main Stage production, meaning it’s appropriate for all audiences, and is rated PG for mild language.
Part of the playwright’s trilogy about living as a Jew in Atlanta, the play begins in 1948, moves through the Equal Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and ends in 1973.
“’Driving Miss Daisy’ contrasts Neil Simon’s ‘Biloxi Blues,’ our previous production, by bringing together people already in the South to work and relate to each other through social norms of the time,” Skinner said. “The story is poignant and sentimental. It explores the tension of Southern perceptions and prejudices and works to overcome them with less passion of a trial as in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ – our season’s opening production -- but with personal interaction. Boolie, Daisy's son, often works as the peacemaker and tends to contrast Daisy's sentiments, which ultimately unites and bonds Daisy and Hoke.”
All of CT-A’s 2013-2014 season productions are from Southern playwrights and authors or are set in the South. The next production is “The Miracle Worker,” Dec. 12-15.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Corinth Theatre-Arts (CT-A), 303 Fulton Drive, Corinth.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and are available by calling CT-A at 662.287.2995 or stopping by the theatre between 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday.
If available, tickets also will be sold at the door.