African-American Shakespeare Company to Open 2013-14 Season with DRIVING MISS DAISY, 11/2-17
San Francisco's African-American Shakespeare Company opens its 2013-14 season with a reprisal of Diablo Actors' Ensemble's 2011 production of Alfred Uhry's DRIVING MISS DAISY. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, DRIVING MISS DAISY traces the evolving relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish matron and her African-American chauffeur in Atlanta during the mid-20th century. After wrecking yet another car, Daisy Werthan is informed by her son, Boolie, that he has hired a chauffeur for her, a proud, soft-spoKen Black man named Hoke whom she immediately dislikes and who, in turn, is equally unimpressed with her. As the play progresses over 25 years, the two develop an unlikely bond despite their mutual differences, growing closer to, and more dependent upon, one another.
Scott Fryer directs this warm-hearted, humorous, and moving study, featuring Diablo Actors' Ensemble's original cast, L. Peter Callender,Ann Kendrick, and Tim Beagley.
African-American Shakespeare Company was introduced in 1994 to open the realm of classic theater to a diverse audience, and provide an opportunity and place for actors of color to hone their skills and talent in mastering some of the world's greatest classical roles. The company produces plays from the classical theater canon, including the works of William Shakespeare, as well as classic and contemporary works from American and international playwrights, that are lively, entertaining, and relevant.