David Esbjornson, Alfred Uhry, et al. Set for Talkbacks for Broadway's Driving Miss Daisy
The play, which had its Off-Broadway debut in 1987, focuses on the relationship between Daisy Werthan, a 72-year-old Jewish widow living in mid-century Atlanta, and Hoke, her African-American chauffeur. It stars Tony Award winners James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, and Boyd Gaines.
This first talk-back will feature the play's Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, its director David Esbjornson, and Dr. Vivaldi Jean-Marie, a Columbia University professor specializing in African American Philosophy. Dr. King is an off stage presence in Driving Miss Daisy, and his impact on race relations in mid-century America serves as a catalyst for the evolution of Hoke and Daisy's relationship. The post-show discussion will explore Dr. King's impact on American society and the complex race relationships presented in play.
The series will continue into February to help celebrate Black History Month, with talk-backs following all Wednesday evening performances throughout the month. The first Wednesday evening talk-back on February 2, will include CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller and her husband, Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League and former New Orleans mayor. Additional participants for the February talk-backs will be announced shortly.