Set in the Deep South in 1948, just prior to the civil rights upheaval in the United States, lives Daisy Wertham, a rich, crusty and sharp-tongued widow of 72.
Having recently demolished yet another car, she is informed by her businessman son, Boolie, from now on she must rely on the service of a chauffeur, Hoke. Immediately Miss Daisy regards Hoke with disdain and he, in turn, is not favourably impressed with his employer's patronising tone or her latent prejudice.
In a series of absorbing, revealing scenes, spanning 25 years and filled with warm humour and glinting insights, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow even closer and more dependent on each other, until, eventually, the become almost a couple.
Driving Miss Daisy is a heart-warming comedy best know as an Academy Award winning film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Returning to the original Pulitzer Prize winning stage play comes this exciting new production starring Debra Lawrance (Home & Away, Blue Heelers), Brian Davidson (Time Trax, Neighbours) and Tamblyn Lord (Travelling Light, All Saints).
Driving Miss Daisy
by Alfred Uhry
Date: Monday 4 October
Time: 11am & 7:30pm
Venue: The J Theatre Allocated Seating
Bookings: Coming soon.....
Presented by HIT Productions
Alfred Uhry's multi award winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, visits The J, Noosa with a superb cast starring Debra Lawrance (Pippa in Home & Away, Blue Heelers, Steel Magnolias) as Daisy Werthan, Brian Davison (Neighbours, Of Mice & Men, The Miracle of the Rose) as Hoke Colburn and Tamblyn Lord (All Saints, Explorations Macbeth, Summer of the Aliens) as Boolie Werthan. When Daisy (Debra Lawrance), an elderly Jewish widow crashes her car, her son Boolie (Tamblyn Lord) decides that she is no longer fit to be behind the wheel. Against the protest of his stubborn and independent mother, Boolie hires Hoke (Brian Davison) an African-American chauffeur.
From this unlikely union, a heart-warming friendship ensues. Set in Atlanta, Hoke and Daisy's relationship spans over 20 years from 1948 to the early 1970's, growing from rocky beginnings to a deep friendship. The explosive racial tensions of America's Deep South provide a provocative background as the interdependent relationship of these two Southern allies develops. "A heart warming tale about the manner in which two people of goodwill cross the deep ravines of cultural borders and come to an understanding and respect for each other" The New York Times This new Australian production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, which inspired the Academy Award winning film, is being toured by Australia's premier theatre touring company Hit Productions to 57 capital city, metropolitan, regional and remote theatre venues Australia wide. "Worth the drive from anywhere. A total delight!" The New York Daily News Bookings: 5455 4455 or www.thej.com.au
Driving Miss Daisy
The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
2 performances - 11.00am and 7.30pm duration 2 hours with interval
$35 Full $25 Conc
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