Auditions

Auditions for the February 2019 production Driving Miss Daisy will be December 3 & 4, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Auditions will consist of reading from the script.  Email DrivingMissDaisy@villageplayhouse.org or call 414.207.4879 with any questions.

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PERFORMANCES:

February 8th, 9th,  15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd  – 7:30 PM
February 17th and 24th – 2 PM

All auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at
Inspiration Studios
1500 S 73rd St,
West Allis, WI 53214

CHARACTERS:

Daisy Werthan: a Jewish widow, native to Atlanta, Georgia. She is 72 years old in 1948 at the beginning of the play, and 97 years old in 1973 at the end of the play.  Born in 1876 she has seen radical changes in American culture, such as the women’s suffrage movement, both world wars, and the Civil Rights movement.  Despite being well off, she remains rooted in her frugal upbringing.   Her Southern propriety and Judaism guide her character throughout the play.

Hoke Colburn
: an African-American man, native to Georgia. He is 60 years old in 1948 at the beginning of the play, and 85 years old in 1973 at the end. He has never traveled, and until he meets Daisy he is unable to read and write. Although he is a decade than Daisy, he has also witnessed the same pivotal events in American history.  He grew up during the Jim Crow era, experiencing for almost his whole life segregation, discrimination, injustice and racism.

Boolie Werthan: Daisy’s son, also born and raised in Atlanta. He is 40 years old in the first scene of the play in 1948, and 65 years old at the show’s end in 1973. He grew up during World War I and the Great Depression. He is hardworking and dutiful, caring for his mother as best he can.

 

PLOT SUMMARY:

Daisy Wethan, an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her 40-year-old son Boolie arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start, but Hoke puts up with the somewhat crotchety “Miss Daisy” with dignity. She teaches Hoke to read when she learns that he cannot, which comes naturally to her, having been a teacher.  Ultimately, they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.

Mary Breitrick will be directing this production.