Who: St. Petersburg City Theater
When: April 5 – 14, 2019 (Friday and Saturday Evenings @ 7:30 pm; Sunday Matinees @ 2 pm)
Where: 4025 31st Street South, 33712 in St. Petersburg with easy access to and from I-275.
Cost: Performance Pricing: $20 for Adults; $15 for Students.
Why should you cover it? Driving Miss Daisy is a play with a message of friendship and tolerance that is as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1987 and features a superb cast and direction. This would be great support for this local arts association and provide a community service for a historic, local non-profit theater company. This 94-year old organization relies solely on ticket sales and donations to meet annual operating costs to fund its productions. Community volunteers manage, operate, plan and produce all aspects of the theater’s shows and programs that involve children and teens to seniors well into their 80’s. The acting talent is incredible and this production will prove that the thriving arts community in St. Petersburg is only getting stronger.
Here’s What’s Happening:
St. Petersburg City Theatre will stage Driving Miss Daisy as the final show of the 2018-2019 Season.
The place is mid-century Atlanta, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued, Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At first, Daisy is none too happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get from one place to the next. Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection. With humor and heartfelt emotion, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winning play poignantly explores the transformative power of true friendship. This masterfully written play is a delicate depiction of racial tensions, the passage of time, and the experience of aging.
Director David Middleton has assembled a cast of seasoned performers from around the Tampa Bay area. The production features Chris White as Daisy Werthan, James Lincoln as Hoke Colburn and Mike Fasso as Boolie Werthan.