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Averitt Center to host the return of 'Driving Miss Daisy'
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The cast of Driving Miss Daisy took to the stage again in 2015 at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University. It was the last show for former PAC director, Carol Thompson. The show, first performed in 2009, starred Thompson as Daisy Werthan, Mical Whitaker as Hoke, and Alan Tyson as Boolie. The trio will bring the characters to life again in a 10th anniversary production on Jan. 18, 19 and 20 at the Emma Kelly Theater. Thompson, Whitaker and Tyson are shown during a rehearsal for - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT

The Averitt Center for the Arts invites you to join them as they take a ride down memory lane as they perform the 10th anniversary show of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy.

What makes this play so special?

One thing that drives audiences towards this production is the storyline itself.  Driving Miss Daisy has been nominated for countless awards over the years, and it is the winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

What makes the show so unique to Statesboro is that the original cast from 10 years ago will be returning to their roles.  This includes Carol Thompson, who will be starring as Miss Daisy Werthan; Mical Wittaker, portraying Hoke, her driver; and Alan Tyson as Daisy’s son, Boolie.  

Under the direction of Gary Dartt, the three actors will set the stage for an interesting plot: The year is 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia.  A privileged and stubborn elderly Jewish woman has just lost her car in a crash of fate.  Stuck in her old ways and persistent about maintaining her independence, Miss Daisy has a difficult time coming to terms with the driver of her new car, an African-American man named Hoke Colburn.  Their relationship begins with a lingering stench of preconceived notions on Miss Daisy’s part.  That is, until she learns to leave her prejudice in the rearview and drive toward a new friendship with Hoke, one that surpasses the racial hostility of the 20th century. 

Robert Cottle, artistic associate at the Averitt Center, says that viewers will be drawn to the show for a multitude of reasons.

“It is a very familiar title, and it has been successful every time it has happened here.  I think the people who are fans of the show and movie will be eager about it, plus there will be a big response from regular theater-goers.  The actors in the play are also very involved in the area, so that connection helps to build a strong support system between the Averitt Center and community members,” he said.  

No doubt, all these factors combined should make for a great turn out when it premieres at the Emma Kelly Theater this winter.  The show days and times are Jan. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.  Tickets are available for purchase on the website, and they are expected to sell out quickly.

The Averitt Center will also be hosting several other performances in honor of the holiday season, including a rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This beloved classic will play out on Dec. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.  For more information about shows, tickets, and prices, visit the Averitt’s website: https://www.averittcenterforthearts.org.