Tony Winner Franz to Star in Driving Miss Daisy at Syracuse Stage

News   Tony Winner Franz to Star in Driving Miss Daisy at Syracuse Stage Tony Award winner Elizabeth Franz will star opposite Don Amendolia and William Charles Mitchell in the upcoming Syracuse Stage presentation of Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy.

Syracuse Stage artistic director Robert Moss will direct the play which will run at the upstate New York venue Oct. 24-Nov. 12. Opening night is slated for Oct. 27.

Franz stars in the title role of an elderly white woman forced by her son (Amendolia) to be driven by a black chauffuer (Mitchell) with whom she forms unlikely friendship. Uhry garnered the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work and the 1989 film adaption won Best Picture.

Amendolia recently appeared Off-Broadway in Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams, replacing original star Nathan Lane. The actor is known for his New York stage turn in Broadway's Stepping Out and Off-Broadway's Cloud 9. Mitchell has appeared in Syracuse Stage's A Lesson Before Dying, Jitney and Hamlet as well as the film "Syriana."

Franz won a Tony Award for her performance as the matriarch in the 1999 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman. She also appeared in Mornings at Seven, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound as well as Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All.

The design team features Troy Hourie (scenic), Michael Krass (costumes), Matt Richards (lighting) and Jonathan Herter (sound). Ryan Raduechel is resident stage manager and Victoria King is assistant director. Next up at Syracuse Stage will be the holiday production of A Christmas Carol (Nov. 28-Dec. 31) followed by Theresa Rebeck's Spike Heels (Jan. 17-Feb. 4, 2007), August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (Feb. 21-March 11, 2007), Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (April 4-May 6, 2007) and Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest (May 16-June 10, 2007).

Tickets to Driving Miss Daisy at the Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee Street, in Syracuse, NY are available by calling (315) 443-3275 or online at www.syracusestage.org.