Driving Miss Daisy
by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Maryann Curmi
April 27 – May 20
“A total delight.” – New York Daily News “Gives off a warm glow of humane affirmation.” – Variety.
This gently comic and deeply moving play won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. In an increasingly polarized and volatile world, sometimes it helps to see how two people, so different in background and beliefs can find trust, respect and affection for each other. The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Wertham, must rely on the services of a chauffeur, an 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. 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. They 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.