Olean Theater Workshop presents Driving Miss Daisy

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Event Date(s): Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:30pm - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 9:30pm
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Olean Theatre Workshop's next production is DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry which will be staged at the Washington Street Theatre on Thursday, February 4 through Sunday, February 7. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm and the curtain for Sunday matinee is 2:30. Tickets are $10 each and are available through at  the website, by calling 373-SHOW (7469) or at the door.DRIVING MISS DAISY is a Pulitzer prize winning show that details events in the life of Daisy Werthan, her son, Boolie, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn during the years 1948-1973 in Atlanta, Georgia. It addresses important issues such as race, religion, tolerance, and love. It is history at its best as this play makes us ponder subjects that sometimes can make people uncomfortable. What would we do to gain acceptance in a community? Deny our religion or just pretend to be something we are not. Through cleverly written vignettes - there is a reason this play won the Pulitzer - it shows the transformation of the relationship between Miss Daisy and Hoke. At the beginning, though Daisy declares herself not prejudiced, it is quite apparent in her interactions with Hoke and the phrases she uses in conversation with her son, Boolie, that she is not liberal. Boolie has no choice as his mother has wrecked a three week old car and is not able to drive herself anymore. He hires Hoke, who through his humility and total acceptance of Daisy, shows himself to be a man of color of the times but also a man who is "well in his soul." Hoke has not had an easy life and does not expect to have one, but he lives in the moment, accepting who he is and others.
There are many funny yet serious moments in this play. It depicts the historical moments of Atlanta, Georgia, in setting scenes around the bombing of the Jewish Temple in 1958 and the city's honoring Dr. Martin Luther King with a dinner in 1964. As the play shows, Boolie is a typical businessman of that time; he is Jewish but he and his wife, Florine, almost want to keep it a secret. Miss Daisy, trying dearly to hold on to independence, finds herself a teacher once more. Hoke, through his kindness and gentleness, teaches a great deal about tolerance. This play contains many humorous scenes but is through humor that Alfred Uhry teaches his message of acceptance. Many scenes are set in the car that Hoke drives for Miss Daisy, hence the title DRIVING MISS DAISY. There are some zingers in dialogue but it is those zingers that make us look at ourselves and wonder if that is a thought we ever thought. A sweet, gentle, intelligent, and still very timely play.
Driving Miss Daisy is fast paced, done without intermission and is a touching and moving look into our past.

For more information on this event please visit http://www.OleanWorkshop.org

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Washington Street Theatre
702 Washington Street
Olean, NY 14760
United States
Phone: 716-373-SHOW (7469)
42° 4' 48.3708" N, 78° 26' 16.0188" W
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