“Driving Miss Daisy” on June 13-30 at center stage.
Why You Should Run: Alfred Uhry’s 1987 play is a modern classic about the unlikely friendship between Daisy, a Jew, and Hawk, an African-American driver.
This is a fun, interesting and humorous series.
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the civil rights era in Atlanta, this trilogy explores changing times and the power of friendship.
It also deals with subtle biases that can destroy even the best of relationships. Daisy and Hawk are not rivals, but despite Daisy’s best intentions, she has a blind spot when it comes to her game.
Myra Green, who plays Daisy and runs the show, says: “Sometimes we are blind to what we believe. “These biases are within us and sometimes we don’t realize it. The show sometimes deals with taboo topics when it comes to race relations and prejudice.”
Drive for Miss Daisy, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1988, follows the lives of Daisy and Hawk from 1948 to 1973.
Clark Nesbitt, who plays Hawk, performed with Greene in 2017 at the Greenwood Community Theatre.
“As Southerners, we feel like we know and feel close to these characters,” Greene said. “I’ve known Daisy all my life and Clark feels like Hawk.”
Bruce Mehl plays Bully, the son of Daisy, who also faces prejudice as a Jewish business owner in Atlanta.
“There are many classes and many classes in this program,” says Green.
Many people know Driver Miss Daisy from the 1989 Oscar-winning film adaptation directed by Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.
Daisy is very energetic and personable, says Green, and is one of the main characters on the stage.
“He’s one of those characters that you want to play for the rest of your life – an incredible character,” Green said. “I saw the show for the first time when I was 20 years old and this character was on my to-do list. It was a great journey for me.”