Below is all the information you need for an audition at Panola Playhouse! We are happy to welcome new and old actors and actresses to our stage!
Driving Miss Daisy
212 South Main Street
Sardis, MS 38666
AUGUST 18-27, 2023
WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE:
Daisy Werthan Daisy is a 72-year-old widow and former school teacher when the play begins in 1948 and 97-years-old when the play ends. After getting into a car accident while backing out of her garage, Daisy’s son Boolie decides she is too old to drive. Despite her old age, however, she maintains her sense of self, which is characterized by her humor and determined will – but at 97, she is softer and more vulnerable (Christensen 3).
Hoke Colburn Hoke - who is 60 years old at the beginning of the play & 85 years old at the end, isan uneducated, unemployed, African American Christian man and a member of the working class who is hired by Boolie Werthan, Daisy’s son, to work as his mother’s driver after she has her car accident. He is grateful for the job and remains respectful, patient, and tolerant of Daisy’s impertinence andprejudices. At different times throughout the play, Hoke speaks his mind, maintains his dignity and is a self-advocate of his rights. The financial stability gained by being employed by Boolie over the 25- year period allows Hoke to gain greater self-confidence and self- respect
Boolie Werthan Boolie - is Daisy’s son. He is 40-years-old when the play begins in 1948 and 65-years-old at the end of the play (1973). He has inherited his father’s printing company and as years progress it makes him one of the best established, leading businessmen of his community. Boolie becomes increasing aware of how he might be perceived by others in his community, and, as a result, becomes very careful not to be viewed in ways that might have a negative effect on his public image. Boolie is diligent in making sure Daisy is taken care of financially and physically but, at times, is insensitive to her feelings. Like his mother, he exercises the same determination and will, which causes him to sometimes neglect Daisy’s true desires; he falls short of fully understanding her actions. Most times, he humors his mother’s stubborn ways rather than taking the time to understand them.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
When you arrive please sign in and receive your number. After turning in materials you will be asked to wait in your car OR our building next to the theatre. We will call each person when you are to enter the building for the audition.
*Audition forms will need to be filled out in advance by downloading and printing the online file.
If you are unable to print and fill in your paperwork ahead of time, please arrive 20 minutes prior to your audition to fill out all paperwork.
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. As the play ends Hoke has a final visit with Miss Daisy, now ninety-seven and confined to a nursing home, and while it is evident that a vestige of her fierce independence and sense of position still remain, it is also 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.
CREW VOLUNTEER FORM
Are you interested in crew for this show? Please fill out an application below and send it to our email following the directions on the form.
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