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
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Michael Learned

has won a record four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; three for “The Waltons” (1973, 1974, 1976), and one for “Nurse” (1982). She was also nominated for four Golden Globe awards for her work on The Waltons, and one People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a Television Program. Her work on stage has earned her multiple Drama-Logue Critic Awards and a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement for her work in Hapsgood. She’s appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Sisters Rosensweig, and The Three Sisters and in the national tours of On Golden Pond, Three Tall Women and Love Letters. Regionally, she’s performed across the country at theatres including a five-year stint with A.C.T. Ms. Learned has also made a number of television guest appearances, including recurring roles for “General Hospital,” “Scrubs,” “One Life to Live,” and “Profiler.”

Lance Nichols
Hoke Colburn
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Lance Nichols

This veteran character actor is best remembered in his starring role as dentist Larry Williams in four seasons of HBO’s critically acclaimed “TREME”. The series chronicled the lives of post Hurricane Katrina natives during the rebuild. His memorable performance as the “faith healing” preacher in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, garnered high praise. He recurs as The River King in AMC’s series “Into The Badlands” and recently appeared on the new SyFy/USA series “The Purge” as the villainous Otos under the direction of the Emmy Winning Anthony Hemingway. Mr. Nichols and his wife Zardis co-own Lanzardis Productions. They recently produced the television pilot “Shepherd” which won Best Drama and Best Actor in Drama, at the prestigious 2017 ITV Fest. Their win garnered a development meeting with HBO. Lanzardis also specializes in the training of young professionals in the entertainment industry.

David Nevell
Boolie Werthan
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David Nevell

is thrilled to be returning to Laguna Playhouse, having previously appeared in Twelve Angry Men and The Odd Couple. Other credits include: Shakespeare in Love, Peter and the Starcatcher, Arms and the Man (South Coast Rep); A Walk in the Woods, God of Carnage (International City Theatre); Twelfth Night (New Swan Shakespeare); The Morini Strad (The Colony); Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles); Crazy for You, On Borrowed Time, My Fair Lady (La Mirada Theatre). Regional: The Scene (Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara); Amphitryon (Huntington Theatre Company); The Crucible (Pittsburgh Public); Henry VIII, The Tempest (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Game of Love and Chance (San Jose Rep); Light Up the Sky, The Winter’s Tale, Arcadia, among many productions while a Resident Artist at PCPA/Theaterfest. Film/TV: Submerged and Americana. MFA: UC Irvine; BA: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

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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