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Driving Miss Daisy Comes to San Miguel

By Mary Norquist

Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, a 2010 hit on Broadway, comes to San Miguel with one of our local favorites Judy Newell (Steel Magnolias, Home for the Holidays) as Daisy Werthan and Harold Dean James as Hoke Colburn. Actor Mick Diener (Yankee Tavern, Mistakes Were Made), another local favorite, plays Boolie Werthan.

Driving Miss Daisy
San Miguel Playhouse
Ave Independencia 82
Opening night gala benefit for the playhouse
350 pesos
All other performances: 200 pesos
Tickets: available at Galería Ensuenos, Mesones 57, corner Mesones and Reloj
10:30am-2:30pm Daily except Tuesdays

Directed by Jim Newell and produced by We Three Production Company, this show will run November 11, 12, 13 and 16–20. Opening night is a Gala Benefit for the San Miguel Playhouse. Tickets are 350 pesos and include an after-show party with wine, beer, appetizers, and an opportunity to mix and mingle with the cast and crew.

Other performances’ ticket prices are 200 pesos. All weeknight shows are at 7:30pm, and Sunday shows are matinees, starting at 3pm. Shows will be held at the San Miguel Playhouse. The Playhouse offers free secured parking, taxi concierge, and a wine/beer/water bar open one hour before the show starts.

Uhry’s classic play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters. When Daisy Werthan, a widowed 72-year-old Jewish woman living in mid-century Atlanta, has an accident and is deemed too old to drive, her son, Boolie, hires Hoke Colburn, “a colored man,” to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, twenty-year, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.

Their iconic tale of pride, changing times, and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide.

From its landmark Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the remarkable success of the Oscar-winning film version with Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman (four Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Driving Miss Daisy has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late-twentieth century.

When this revival opened on Broadway, Bloomberg News declared, “The enchanting revival … is the best theater can be.” And The Wall Street Journal called it “A perfect night on Broadway. Do whatever you have to do to get a ticket!”

Tickets are available in Centro at Galeria Ensueños, Mesones 57, daily except Tuesdays, and at the theater one hour before show time.


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