Theater: 'Driving Miss Daisy'

Plays for Non Profits and Columbia Center for the Arts Present “Driving Miss Daisy” Proceeds to benefit: Start Making a Reader Today (Jan. 17, 18) The Next Door (Jan. 24, 25) and Hood River County Libraries (Jan. 26) Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between Daisy Werthan, a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron, and Hoke Coleburn, her equally indomitable chauffeur. Both are outsiders in 1950s WASP-dominated society, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish and Hoke because he is Black. Both will navigate the social events and changes that sweep the South during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s — and will become kindred spirits in spite of all their differences. "Driving Miss Daisy" won 1989 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Kathleen Morrow plays the feisty Miss Daisy and Edward McNair plays the ever-patient Hoke. William Thayer-Daughtery rounds out the cast in the role of Boolie Werthan, Daisy’s loving son — and part-time referee! Lynda Dallman directs the production with staging by Jeff Cook and Adrian Chaton. Musical directors Bill Weiler and Tom Butler also bring their creative talents to this timeless story about the power of friendship. Tickets are $18 for adults (18-64), $15 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students (17 and under) and available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and online at www.showtix4u.com.

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