Auditions: November 14 & 15, 6-8 p.m.
Show Dates: January 19, 20, 21 @ 7 p.m.
Daisy Werthan – Female, Elderly – Daisy is a bossy widow with a wonderful sense of humor. A 72-year-old wealthy, white, Jewish, widowed, retired school teacher.
Hoke Coleburn – Male, Elderly – Daisy’s African-American chauffeur. He is uneducated and has worked as a driver and deliveryman.
Boolie Werthan – Male, Adult – Daisy’s son who has taken over his father’s printing company, increasing its success. He is dutiful to his mother, despite her prickly personality.
The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued, Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple. Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and, in a gesture of good will and shared concern, invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and it is movingly clear that they have both come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible—and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.