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Driving Miss Daisy Opens on Tidewater Stage

By Amanda Morad | August 1, 2014

Jessica Tandy in the 1989 film adaptation of Driving Miss Daisy

Tidewater Stage continues its "Season of Southern Charm" with the beloved Georgia classic, Driving Miss Daisy, hitting Regent University's Studio Theatre stage Friday, August 1.

In post-war Atlanta, Daisy Werthan, a sharp-tongued Jewish widow, has demolished her car again. Ornery and uninsurable, she is forced to rely on the services of gentle, soft-spoken Hoke, an African American chauffeur.

What begins as a hostile and suspicious pairing blossoms into a friendship for the ages in the touching comedy that has warmed the hearts of millions and inspired the Academy Award winning film.

The show runs August 1-3 and 8-10 with shows at 7:30 p.m. and weekend matinees at 2:30 p.m. Buy tickets at the Regent Box Office.

"Driving Miss Daisy is one of the most beautiful plays ever written," said Tidewater Stage's Producing Artistic Director Eric Harrell. "Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry has created two characters that are impossible not to love, and the actors we've entrusted with bringing them to life are perfectly suited to their parts."

Both Jackie Prucha, who plays the iconic Daisy Werthan, and Gordon Danniels, in the role of Hoke Coleburn, have played these parts in past professional productions and both hail from Atlanta.

Driving Miss Daisy premiered off-Broadway in 1987 at Playwrights Horizons where it ran for nearly 1200 performances. The production starred Dana Ivey as Daisy and Morgan Freeman as Hoke. It was written by Alfred Uhry, a rare American playwright to have earned an Academy Award, two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Uhry's 1989 film adaptation of Driving Miss Daisy starred Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd. The film received nine Academy Award nominations and won for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.

Tidewater Stage's production is helmed by director Michael Kirkland, head of Regent Theatre's MFA in Acting program.

Now in its second season, Tidewater Stage is the only professional theatre company in Hampton Roads with a summer season.

Learn more about Tidewater Stage.

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