Joy Franz to Star in Driving Miss Daisy at Harbor Lights Theater Company

The Harbor Lights Theater Company will present Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, starring Joy Franz, beginning May 9.

Performances will continue through May 18 at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens.

Directed by Stephen Nachamie, Driving Miss Daisy will feature Franz ( Pippin, Into the Woods) as Daisy, Larry Marshall ( Hair, The Color Purple) as Hoke and Jay Montgomery ( Falsettos) as Hoolie.

Here's how the production is billed: " Driving Miss Daisy, by Alfred Uhry, begins in 1948, and tells the story of the unlikely relationship between Daisy Werthan, a wealthy 72 year-old Jewish widow in Atlanta, and her chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, a proud, soft spoken African-American man. Spending twenty five years together, during a period of massive changes in America — in which they both face bigotry and discrimination — they ultimately become friends."

Driving Miss Daisy was adapted into a film in 1989, which won four Oscars, including Best Picture.

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