TheaterWorks' associate artistic director Rob Ruggiero will direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama for the Connecticut company for an Aug. 31-Oct. 14 run. Opening is slated for Sept. 7.
"After she crashes her car," press notes state, "Daisy Werthan's son Boolie gets her a new car…and a driver. Resolutely opposed to the idea, the strong-willed Daisy refuses to warm up to the affable Hoke, her new chauffeur. Over the course of twenty-five years, a surprising kinship develops between this Jewish schoolteacher and the African-American man hired to drive Miss Daisy."
The work earned Uhry the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987 following its Off-Broadway debut. He then adapted the work for the film, which garnered the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Screenplay in 1989.
TheaterWorks veteran Prinz (Master Class, Kimberly Akimbo and Last Lists of My Mad Mother) will take on the role of Daisy opposite Mel Johnson, Jr. (Hot Feet, The Lion King and The Rink) as Hoke. John Leonard Thompson (Butley, Sin) will appear as son Boolie. Prinz appeared on "As the World Turns" and "All My Children." Her stage work also includes The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Tribute, Steel Magnolias and Killing Louise. She has previously played the role of Daisy Werthan on a national tour.
Uhry also penned the Tony Award-winning play The Last Night of Ballyhoo and the Tony-winning book for the musical Parade. Book writer for the recent Kurt Weill-Lotte Lenya Broadway bio-musical LoveMusik, his other works include Edgardo Mine and the screenplay for "Mystic Pizza."
The design team for Driving Miss Daisy includes Luke Hegel-Cantarella (sets), Anne Kenney (costumes), Matthew Richards (lights), Vincent Oliveri (sound and original music) and Charles G. Lapointe (wigs). Production manager is Michael Lenaghan.
Tickets to Driving Miss Daisy at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street in Hartford, CT, are available by calling (860) 527-7838. For more information visit the TheaterWorks website at theaterworkshartford.org.