Staten Island's Harbor Lights Theater Company has announced Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy as the inaugural production of its fifth season.
Set in Atlanta in 1948, the story follows the unlikely relationship between Daisy Werthan, a wealthy 72-year-old Jewish widow and her soft-spoken African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. The play earned Uhry the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and inspired the 1989 Academy Award-winning film.
"What at first seems to be a reluctant employer/employee relationship between two people who've been separated by societal restrictions all their lives becomes a genuine friendship, born of the common challenges of bigotry, aging, and the simple human need for companionship," says Tamara Jenkins, executive artistic director of Harbor Lights. "Audiences are going to fall in love with our Driving Miss Daisy."
Broadway veteran Joy Franz (Pippin, Musical Chairs, A Little Night Music) returns to Harbor Lights to take on the title role opposite fellow Broadway alum Larry Marshall (The Color Purple, Hair, Two Gentlemen of Verona) as Hoke. Jay Montgomery (Falsettos) also joins the cast in the role of Boolie. Stephen Nachamie, who recently directed the company's holiday presentation of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, will return to the Staten Island theater to helm the production.
Performances will run at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens from May 9-18.