Driving Miss Daisy opens Thursday, January 19 and runs for three nights only.
Thursday and Friday the show starts at 7, Saturday is Dinner and a show with dinner starting at 6 and the show starting at 7. Tickets for Thursday and Friday night are $10, Saturday tickets (including dinner) are $25. The show will take place at a crowd favorite venue downtown at Shabby Allie’s Boutique, but in her NEW event space, Taylored Venue and Events, located at 117 Shelby Street.
The show stars Judy Womack as Daisy Werthan, John Collins as Hoke Coleburn and Russell Marshall as Boolie Werthan.
Judy is a familiar face at KTG and has been in multiple play on the KTG stage. Involved in theatre and music for 40+ years, Judy has performed throughout the South East doing leading roles in well over 100 productions: Plays, Musicals, Outdoor Dramas, Dinner Theatre, and the Opera HANSEL AND GRETEL. She has appeared in films and on national T.V., has done commercials and voice-overs (the latest being the voice of the White Witch of Narnia at Warriers Path Park Boundless Playground). A professional Storyteller, Judy has taught high school Drama/Theatre and conducted drama and storytelling workshops in various venues, including schools, libraries, The Kingsport Ballet, Theatre Bristol, and a class at Barter Theatre. She has directed several plays and musicals, among them THE WIZARD OF OZ and HONK at Kingsport Theatre Guild. A recipient of a 2006 Distinguished Artist Award presented by the Arts Council of Greater Kingsport, Judy currently serves as Producing Director of The Off-Broad Street Players, a traveling troupe specializing in Dinner Theatre Murder Mysteries.
John Collins has played Hoke Coleburn in almost 15 different productions and is new to KTG. He portrayed Hoke in KTG’s Season Reveal Gala and despite suffering a horrific loss of his home in Johnson City due to fire, he came to audition for the role and won it.
Russell Marshall is not brand new to the stage at KTG, but this is most certainly the largest role he has ever played.
The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued, Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple. Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and, in a gesture of good will and shared concern, invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and it is movingly clear that they have both come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible—and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.