Driving Miss Daisy

 

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, eventually, they become almost a couple. Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and, in a gesture of good will and shared concern, invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. As the play ends Hoke has a final visit with Miss Daisy, now ninety-seven and confined to a nursing home, and while it is evident that a vestige of her fierce independence and sense of position still remain, it is also movingly clear that they have 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.

Character Breakdown/Sides

Daisy Werthan (able to play ages 72-97) Southern Jewish widow. Daisy is fiercely independent with a strong stubborn streak.
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Hoke Coleburn (able to play ages  60-85) Southern, African American widower. Life in the Jim-Crow south has shaped Hoke’s manner, but it has not dampened his strong will, and he is as stubborn and determined as Daisy.  

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Boolie Werthan (able to play 40-65, we can age up the right actor) Daisy’s adult son, is a successful Atlanta businessman. He is caught between three worlds –his family, his mother, and his work. He loves his mother but she is almost impossible to please, and his frustration is often palpable.

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Audition Dates

Auditions for the role of Boolie on Tuesday, Feb 25 at 6:30

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Location

OSPAC, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ

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Also, please be prepared to provide all potential scheduling conflicts the day of your audition.

Rehearsals will begin in February. 2-3 rehearsals per week in West Orange, NJ

Performance Dates April 17, 18 and April 24, 25

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