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Monday, October 19, 2015

Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-Winning Comedy-Drama ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at the Garage Theatre Group

 

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Driving Miss Daisy, one of modern American Theatre’s most touching and irresistible stories, will be presented by The Garage Theatre Group at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Becton Theatre Oct 22 – Nov 8 2015. Directed by Michael Bias from Tenafly, this Pulitzer-Prize and Academy Award-winning comedy-drama is sure to warm your heart with its message of friendship, understanding and hope. An open reception, with an opportunity to meet the cast and crew, will be held on October 24.

11202088_10153504181475867_8081302934231463693_n A treat for all audiences ages 10 to 110, Driving Miss Daisy is a moving story of friendship told with humor, warmth and beauty. This family comedy is set in Atlanta, Ga. from 1948 to 1973. Daisy Werthan, an independent, aging Jewish widow – disagreeable, and set in her ways – reluctantly surrenders the driver’s seat to Hoke Coleburn, a proud, soft-spoken black man. At first, Daisy’s stubbornness and cultural prejudices cause much friction, but over the course of 25 years, Hoke becomes not only her chauffeur, but against all odds, her best friend.

The Washington Post once called this play “[a story] marked with unaffected grace and generosity of spirit, medium-sized miracles and changed minds.”

Written by Alfred Uhry in 1987 as a tribute to his Atlanta-based family, the play went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Outer Critics Circle Award. A 1989 movie version starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Tandy.

Daisy The Garage’s production of Driving Miss Daisy will feature top talent from the tri- state area. The cast includes Valerie Stack Dodge of Morrisrown (center) as Daisy Werthan, Marvin Bell of N.Y.C.as Hoke Coleburn (left), and Scott Zimmerman of N.Y.C. as Boolie Werthan (right).

Upcoming productions at The Garage include Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) Dec 3 – 20, a To Be Announced World Premier March 10 – 27 and Out of Sterno April 28 – May 15.

324 The Garage Theatre Group will present Driving Miss Daisy Oct 22 – Nov 8 2015 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Becton Theatre. The theatre is located 960 River Rd. in Teaneck. Free parking is available. To order tickets, go online at www.GarageTheatre.org , call 201-569-7710. Ticket prices are $28. The Becton Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Funding for Driving Miss Daisy has been made possible by The Puffin Foundation. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

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