Driving Miss Daisy


Written by ALFRED UHRY


Sparks fly in Alfred Uhry’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the decades-long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow south. Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early ‘70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. Starring 4-time Emmy award winner The Walton’s Michael Learned and Lance E. Nichols (HBO’s Treme).

Average Running Time: About 95 minutes with intermission.
Recommended for audiences 10 and up

Open caption performance: Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2:00PM

Talk-back performance dates:Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30PM and Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2:00PM

Michael Learned
Daisy Werthan
Lance Nichols
Hoke Colburn
David Nevell
Boolie Werthan

Press Coverage

  • Lance E Nichols, lends his southern charm in the role of chauffeur Hoke Colburn in Driving Miss Daisy

    The sunny coastal town of Laguna Beach and its trendy theater, The Laguna Playhouse, sets the stage for its current production of DRIVING MISS DAISY starring Lance E Nichols as the male lead of chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. Nichols plays alongside the female lead of elderly Jewish widow, Daisy Werth, being played by 4-time Emmy winner, Michael Learned. “Lance is simply brilliant. It’s a joy to work with such fine actor and friend”, said Michael Learned.

  • Opening night of Driving Miss Daisy at the Playhouse driven by a splendid cast and powerful storytelling

    The brilliance is in the details, and the opening performance of Driving Miss Daisy at Laguna Playhouse on Sunday certainly proves that adage to be true. Fine-tuned by an incredible cast of Michael Learned (Daisy Werthan), Lance E. Nichols (Hoke Colburn), and David Nevell (Boolie Werthan), each actor superbly grounds and propels the story over a span of 25 years. 

  • On Theater: A strong, compelling ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ in Laguna

    A rich, Jewish widow and an illiterate black chauffeur, both in their 70s, in the Jim Crow South of the 1940s. Sounds like the original odd couple, but playwright Alfred Uhry turned this scenario into the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy,” currently on view at the Laguna Playhouse.

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