Chautauqua Playhouse to open ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ Jan. 18

Special to the Valley Community Newspapers

Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael announces the opening of "Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry.  The show opens on January 18th and runs for 6 weeks at the Playhouse. – From the left, Janice Reade Hoberg, James Wheatley

Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael announces the opening of "Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry. The show opens on January 18th and runs for 6 weeks at the Playhouse. – From the left, Janice Reade Hoberg, James Wheatley

Chautauqua Playhouse, in association with Celebration Arts, announces its production of “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry, opening on January 18th at the Playhouse.  The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 23. There will be an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23.  All performances will be held at the Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Rd. in the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael.  Admission is $19 general and $17 students, seniors, children and SARTA members.

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, Driving Miss Daisy tells the post-World War II story of a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow who meets her new black chauffeur. Over a series of absorbing scenes spanning 25 years, the two grow to have one of theatre’s most unlikely friendships. This classic is filled with wit and wisdom, and explores the importance of tolerance and love. The show is produced in association with Celebration Arts and features James Wheatley as “Hoke”, Janice Reade-Hoberg as “Miss Daisy” and Chris Lamb as “Booley”.

The production is directed by James Wheatley.  Set design is by Rodger Hoopman with lighting design by Don Myers.

The Chautauqua Playhouse is located at 5325 Engle Rd., Carmichael.

Information and tickets are available through the Chautauqua Playhouse website: www.cplayhouse.org or call the box office at 489-7529, during business hours.

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One comment

  1. Martha Swaim
    #1

    I have seen many wonderful productions at Chautauqua as well as Celebration Arts. James Wheatley does quality work as an actor and director. Add Janice Reade Hoberg as Miss Daisy to James Wheatley’s Hoke and this production is a real treat. Chris Lamb does a fine supporting Booley, so there is nothing lacking in this play. I loved the movie, “Driving Miss Daisy”, and now I love this play, as well. Each character has a journey to maintain their dignity in the face of racism and the challenges of growing older. Each demonstrates that you are never too old or too anything else to learn and to teach and to open your heart.

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