The Hilliard Arts Council presented Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” on February 28 and March 1, 2014.
Driving Miss Daisy takes place in the deep South starting in 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Wertham, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of 72 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 scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite thier mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on each other until, eventually, they become almost a couple. Both characters evolve and grow ever closer until, in the end, they realize that they have more in common than they ever believed possible–and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit.
Performances took place at the Makoy Center, Hilliard Ohio.