Driving Miss Daisy, with Stage and Screen Star Learned, Begins Limited Run Feb. 1

News   Driving Miss Daisy, with Stage and Screen Star Learned, Begins Limited Run Feb. 1 Michael Learned — the Emmy-winning star of "The Waltons" — goes along for the ride in the La Mirada Theatre production of Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, which begins performances Feb. 1.
Michael Learned
Michael Learned Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The limited engagement stars Learned as Miss Daisy with Lance E. Nichols as her chauffeur Hoke and Morgan Rusler as her son Boolie. Brian Kite directs the La Mirada engagement, which runs through Feb. 17.

The creative team includes Judy Jou (costume design), John Iacovelli (scenic design), Craig Pierce (lighting design), Craig Wolynez (sound design), Terry Hanrahan (properties design) and Randy Brantley (hair design).

Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning audience favorite was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Driving Miss Daisy follows an elderly Southern woman and her relationship with her African-American chauffer through several decades. The work originated Off-Broadway in 1987 — starring Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman – and ran for 1,195 performances.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy is the first play in Alfred Uhry's Atlanta Trilogy. It was followed by the 1997 Tony-Award winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo and concluded with the musical Parade, for which Uhry earned a Tony for Best Book of a Musical in 1999. His most recent Broadway outing was a collaboration with Hal Prince –Lovemusik – which explored the unconventional relationship between Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya and utilized the late composer's music.

Learned, the Emmy-winning actress best known for her television work in "The Waltons," most recently toured in On Golden Pond opposite Tom Bosley. She has performed on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenzweig, The Loves of Anatol and The Three Sisters. Her additional stage credits include The Time of the Cuckoo, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Three Tall Women and Picnic. Driving Miss Daisy plays the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, CA. Tickets can be purchased by calling (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. For more information visit lamiradatheatre.com.

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