Possum Point Players Present DRIVING MISS DAISY
Possum Point Players' present the Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Driving Miss Daisy." Performance dates in Possum Hall are March 31, April 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9; Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 adults and $17 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at www.possumpointplayers.org, or 302-856-4560.
With matinee tickets already going fast, theatre goers are advised to purchase soon to make sure they get their choice of dates for the award winning play that opens Friday,
March 31. Nina Galerstein, Possum Point Players trustee, said, "I am one of the techies for "Driving Miss Daisy" and so I've been at recent rehearsals. I have to tell you that this is going to be a great show. Becky Craft's directing is wonderful for this character-driven show. She has brought out the best in her actors. Come see this show! I believe you will truly enjoy it!"
Craft directs three seasoned actors with Possum Point Players in "Driving Miss Daisy," Stephanie Allman, Lewes, is Miss Daisy Werthan, Claudius Bowden, Georgetown, is Hoke, and Steve Givens, Lewes, is Boolie Werthan.
Set in the deep south starting in 1948, the message of the award winning play carried quite an impact when it debuted in the late 80s, earning the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Although several decades of social change have passed since then, messages of "Driving Miss Daisy" seems to be as relevant now as they were almost 30 years ago.
Daisy Werthan, a wealthy and sharped-tongued 72-year old Jewish widow, doesn't take lightly to having her driving privileges revoked by her son, Boolie. Since she has demolished one car too many, Boolie hires a quiet, thoughtful black man, Hoke, to chauffeur his opinionated and assertive mom around.
Prior to the civil rights movement that gained momentum in following years, in 1948, Miss Daisy has only experienced African Americans in roles of servers and unskilled workers. She regards Hoke with disdain; however, he is not at all intimidated or beholden to her position. The play is both humorous and touching as it follows Miss Daisy and Hoke as they grow to know that what they share is much greater than any differences they may have.
There are moments that the true darkness and pointless hurt of racial and ethnic prejudice comes home as Miss Daisy learns that Jewish people can be victims of painful prejudice as well as African Americans. In the 25 years that the play spans, Miss Daisy goes from resentment, and perhaps prejudice, to good natured acceptance, and finally to sharing mutual love and dependence with Hoke.