Alton Little Theater will present the touching Pulitzer Prize winning drama, DRIVING MISS DAISY, for nine performances March 24th through April 2nd. Director Emeritus, Diana Enloe,will take on the role of Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta during some of the country's most tumultuous times; local vocalist, educator and sports "nut", Jared Hennings, takes on the role of Hoke Coleburn, the African American chauffeur who befriends the widow, and local Technical and prop master, Steven Harders, completes the triangle of characters as Daisy's long suffering son, Boolie. Set during the years of the Civil Rights movement, the drama was hailed for its quiet, unsentimental examination of its elderly characters, and for its balanced depiction of gradually changing political sensibilities in the South. Playwright Alfred Urey not only won the Pulitzer in 1988 but went on to win an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of DRIVING MISS DAISY in 1989. The popular film starred Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.
Gary Wilson, a new Season Director at ALT will be assisted by his wife, Donna Bryant Wilson in producing the play for the theater. Robyn Couch will stage manage the production and Dave Caires will assist with the intricate sound needs of the show. The play is presented without intermission but patrons will have the opportunity to take advantage of EXTRA (SAVINGS) Early-Bird Season Ticket purchases for the 84th Season - and save an additional $5 off the cost of each ticket! ALT is expanding its Box office hours, including office hours Monday - through Friday and six selected Saturdays in March, April and May (check out altonlittletheater.org)
Interviews and photos of the production can be arranged by contacting the Wilsons at 314-920-5515 (or email@example.com) A restored 1948 Packard owned by Dit Panfile will be featured in a photo shoot for the Production since the vehicle replicates the one owned by the fictitious Werthan family. Photos and historical documents will be on display in the Dorothy Colonius foyer during the run of DRIVING MISS DAISY.
Evening performances March 24th, 25th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st and April 1st begin at 7:30pm; Sunday Matinees on March 26th and April 2nd begin at 2pm. The ALT Showplace is located at 2450 N. Henry Street in Alton.