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Driving Miss Daisy

September 27 - October 20

by Alfred Uhry

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


  

A Pulitzer Prize winning comedy about the true power of friendship and how it affects us all!

A timeless American play, which inspired the beloved Academy Award-winning film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions and was the recipient of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama.


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A Note from the Director...

How you know the way I see, unless you lookin’ outta my eyes?


If they ever tell my story, let them say that I walked with giants. Let them say that I lived in the time of Alfred Uhry. I never imagined when I directed this show in 2005 that I would embark on a nearly fifteen year voyage, revisiting it through three subsequent productions.  There are so many wonderful things to say about this script and plenty of evidence how it won the Pulitzer Prize.  The power of friendship, the shattering of barriers and the humor…that may be (to this day) what shocks me the most about working on Driving Miss Daisy.  It remains the only “straight play” I’ve seen to elicit the same response from an audience that a musical would.  The text achieves near perfection as it weaves in and out of four decades utilizing both humor and drama equally.  It is a rare play that can accomplish such a broad range of emotion.  It has been an absolute joy to revisit this beautiful material with an entirely new group of Artists!  Each Daisy cast I’ve had the pleasure to direct, have brought a unique perspective to these characters and I am grateful to them for helping me to grow as an artist and person.  I would like to dedicate this production to Pat, Scott, Michael, Jane, David, Matt, Pam, Rory, Mary Anne, Ginny, Bradley and Jason.  Thank you for walking this path with me, my life has been enriched by working with all of you!

Jeremy Littlejohn

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Driving Miss Daisy Press Release

Driving Miss Daisy Cast

Daisy Werthan: Mary Anne Cecil (09/27-10/06 & 10/11)

Ginny Pugh Spillman (10/09 & 10/12-10/20)

Boolie Werthan: Jason Ryan Wallace

Hoke Coleburn: Bradley Allan Lowe

Driving Miss Daisy Staff

Executive Producer: Donna Myers

Artistic Director: Jeremy Littlejohn

Production Stage Manager: Sydney Runion
Technical Director:
Gary Michael

Costume Designer: Donna Myers

Lighting Designer: Jeremy Littlejohn

Master Carpenter: Ted DeVore

Box Office Mgr: Bill Rubenstein

Bookkeeper: Tom Bess

Time & Place:

This Play takes place from 1948 to 1973, mostly in Atlanta, Georgia. There are many locales. The scenery is meant to be simple and evocative. The action shifts frequently and fluidly.

Who's Who in the Cast...

Mary Anne Cecil (Daisy Werthan)

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Some of her favorite roles in theatre were Mia, the lead in the world premiere of Still Kicking at Civic Theatre in Lafayette. While living in California she was an extra in Steve McQueen’s movie Bullet. Which is known for the car chase through San Francisco. Other “real life roles” were Passenger Agent for United Airlines, where part of her job was to escort VIPs such as Phillis Diller, Katharine Hepburn, Michael Douglas, The Doors, Willie Mays and others. Though having a full time, responsible job, she was also a part time hippie. Then a full time wife and mother and finally a biker babe? In Texas a nanny for two adorable granddaughters while acting part time with several theatre groups. She was in a music video for Van Zant, Help Somebody, brothers of Ronnie Van Zant the founded of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Returning to the Midwest to help aging parents she acted with Red Mask Theatre in Illinois before finding her way to Myers Dinner Theatre. This is her 21st show here. She is thankful to Jeremy for giving her this opportunity, and for his wonderful sense of humor. And to God from whom all blessing flow. Please enjoy the show!

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director)

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is so pleased to return to MDT for his second season as Artistic Director! Jeremy grew up north of here in Elkhart, Indiana, and has been working in the theatre profession as an Actor / Director for over twenty years across the country. Some of his notable directing projects include She Loves Me, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Kiss Me Kate, Harvey, and his favorite, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel! He would like to thank the Myers Family for the amazing opportunity, and he is so grateful to you for supporting live theatre! 

Bradley Allan Lowe (Hoke Coleburn)

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is reprising the role of Hoke, after receiving the Encore Award for Best Leading Actor in a Drama for his portrayal in 2017. Bradley has been on stages all over Indiana, performing at sea in Hawaii, and with a National Tour of The Color Purple. He thanks Jeremy for this opportunity, and his amazing support system, John, Kristen, and Mom for their unwavering support. 

Ginny Pugh Spillman (Daisy Werthan)

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is excited to be back on this stage again, and is honored to be part of this amazing cast! A few of her previous roles include The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder), Nunsense (Amnesia & Robert Anne – ICTL Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Annie (Miss Hannigan) and Always Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline). When not on stage, Ginny travels extensively, appearing as Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette. She also travels to race tracks (auto) across the U.S. with her husband, Chaplain Tim, as often as her schedule allows. She would like to thank God for the talent’s he’s given her, and the opportunities to use those talents, Jeremy for casting and coaching her in this FUN role, and Tim, her hubby of 51+ years, as well as all of her wonderful friends and family for their support over the years! She truly hopes you enjoy the show!

Sydney Runion (Production Stage Manager)

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is so thankful to be returning home to MDT as the new Production Stage Manager. She has worked here since she was a child, appearing in multiple shows throughout the years, and is truly honored to be making such exciting strides with this company. Some of her favorite productions that she has performed in are Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Oklahoma!, State Fair, The Diary of Anne Frank. Alice in Wonderland, The Rocky Horror Show, Charley’s Aunt, and her favorite, We Need a Title, an original show she and her best friend co-wrote. Sydney would like to thank Jeremy for his constant support and everything he has given her, her family and friends for their love and support, and her dear Allen for always being there through everything.

Jason Ryan Wallace (Boolie Werthan)

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has a long and motley list of stage credits, including Hamlet, Tartuffe, The Crucible, Hairspray, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and, most recently, Time Stands Still. He holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from Georgia Southwestern State University, with special training in dialects, stage combat and mask work like commedia dell’arte.

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