Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy is about the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish retired school teacher, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, from 1948 to 1973. Over the course of the play, we see the relationship grow from an uncomfortable necessity to a caring and deep friendship.
In scenes both humorous and touching we come to know and understand these people: their hopes and fears, their desires and disappointments. The growth of their relationship is mirrored in the social events of the time.
Driving Miss Daisy opened in 1987 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and in 1989 became an Academy Award winning film.
Cast and Crew
This will be Louise's fifth time performing with The Small Town Theatre Company. Her last endeavor was participating in the staged play reading of Driving Miss Daisy.
She directed Painting Churches for the Town Players of New Canaan last fall, participated in a comedy improv troupe, and, within the last few years Louise has portrayed Sophie in Social Security and Sara in The Sisters Rosensweig in White Plains. Her work in theater, voiceover, and film has been ongoing since 1980.
Louise and her husband live in Stamford but she is an Armonk resident by proxy, via her son and his family.
George has been music director for more than 100 shows, including the NY premieres of The Scarlet Letter and Shakedown Street and the European Premiere of Myths And Hymns at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
National tours include Evita (Peron U/S), Purlie (Gitlow) and Godspell (Lamar). His Off-Broadway credits include Celebration (Mr. Rich), The Wind In The Willows (Mr. Toad), The Elephant Piece (Buzz), and Sweethearts (Algernon Slingsby). Regional productions include Ain’t Misbehavin (Ken), Cats (Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Blues In The Night (The Man), You Can’t Take It With You (Donald), As You Like It (Charles/Amiens), and Bat Boy (Roy/Rev. Hightower/Mrs. Taylor).
Tom Kramer is the Artistic Director for The Small Town Theatre Company where he directed Copenhagen and Twelve Angry Men.
As actor: Ben Franklin in 1776, Buzz in Love, Valour, Compassion, Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency, Ben in The Secret Garden, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Ken in Rumors, Mr. Bumble in Oliver, The Steward in Into The Woods.
As Director: Follies, Gypsy, Violet, Falsettos, The Grapes of Wrath, Master Class, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Our Town, Arsenic & Old Lace, A Little Night Music, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof.
As Playwright: Ain't Murder a Drag, and Celluloid Ghosts.
Mara Mills has been an educator, storyteller, writer, director and producer for over 30 years. She teaches theatre, storytelling and creativity at Empire State College and is one of the co-founders of the Herbert Mark Newman Theatre. Her focus, at the theatre and in her teaching, is to use the arts to involve the community, examine social issues, and introduce new works to the public. These include works by Seniors, Domestic Abuse survivors, visual artists, poets and playwrights that have been performed locally, regionally and internationally.
Mara received the 1995 East Coast Theater Conference award for Outstanding Service to Theater and the 2007 Cab Calloway Award for Theater.