Michael Learned and Lance Nichols Star in Driving Miss Daisy, Beginning Feb. 6 at Florida's Alhambra
06 Feb 2013
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned ("Nurse," "The Waltons") plays Daisy Werthan and Lance Nichols, star of the HBO series "Treme," is her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, in the Alhambra Theatre's production of the award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, which begins performances Feb. 6.
Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning work will continue at the Jacksonville, FL, dinner theatre through March 17.
Rounding out the three-person cast is Michael Edward Hodge, a New York actor, as Daisy's son, Boolie Werthan.
Driving Miss Daisy was first staged at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in 1987 and ran for nearly 1,200 performances. A production unrelated to the original run was later produced in 2010 on Broadway starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. The film version won the Academy Award as Best Picture.
The play, according to press notes, "traces the relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish widow (Learned) and her African-American driver (Nichols). Set primarily in 1950s and 1960s, the show blends the civil rights themes of the era with what is sometimes described as a bit of a love story."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.