Driving Miss Daisy – Auditions

DRIVING MISS DAISY
By Alfred Uhry

Co-Directed by: Jason D. Smith & Walter A. Webster

Set in the Deep South, 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement, DRIVING MISS DAISY, is a heartfelt, yet humorous, look into the unlikely relationship between an aging, Southern white lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. When Daisy Werthan totals her new car, the Jewish widow of seventy-two is forced by her son, Boolie, into utilizing the services of a private chauffeur, Hoke. DRIVING MISS DAISY spans the twenty-five years covering the unlikely pair’s initial disparities and tribulations to their eventual mutual understanding, growth, and commonality in an era well before its time.

DRIVING MISS DAISY is presented by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.

AUDITION DATES:
Monday, February 11th, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm (by sign-up)
Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm (by sign-up)
(Walk-ins will be accepted.)

CALLBACK DATES:
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 – 6 pm – 10 pm (if necessary)

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 2 pm
Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 12th, 2019 at 3 pm

The Levoy Theatre, Home of The Off Broad Street Players Theatre Company, announces auditions for the heartfelt and comedic DRIVING MISS DAISY. Join us at The Levoy Theatre on Monday, February 11th, 2019 and Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm for auditions. The Levoy Theatre is located on 130 N. High St., Millville, NJ.

Auditions will be cold-readings from the script.

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts.) Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning.

Please use the provided link to schedule an audition appointment:

Walk-ins are always welcomed. This is a non-equity, non-paid production. All roles are available.

Rehearsals will begin in late February to early March. Rehearsals are typically held on Sundays from 2 pm-6 pm, Mondays from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, Wednesdays from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, and Saturdays in the morning but will be scheduled to suit cast/staff availability. Tech week will run from Saturday, May 4th through Thursday. May 9th, 2019. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances. Not all performers will be asked to attend all rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please email production@levoy.net or call Tyler Daddario at 856-327-6400, ext. 108.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

DAISY WERTHAN – 72, is a wealthy Jewish widow. She’s lived in the Deep South her entire life at a time when oppression, exclusion, and segregation were at their peak. Throughout her life and the progression of the twenty-five years through DRIVING MISS DAISY she’s witnessed more change in the US than she can keep up with. From the lynching of Leo Frank in 1913, Georgia, to the woman’s suffrage movement, World Wars I and II, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, and the starts of the Watergate Scandal she’s fiercely independent, yet stuck in her ways.

BOOLIE WERTHAN – 40, Daisy’s son, is a successful Atlanta businessman. At the start of the production he has the insurmountable task of informing his mother she can no longer drive. Having an impossible-to-please mother with fierce independence takes its toll. Boolie’s exasperation is near tangible.

HOKE COLEBURN – around 60, is a soft-spoken black widower. Born and raised in the Deep South, he is a strong, quiet type dedicated to being the best father and grandfather. He is handy-man to have around the house… unless you’re a stubborn elderly white Jewish woman in denial. Hoke is patient, kind, and caring. Despite the way he’s been treated in the past and by Daisy herself he continually forgives and maintains his dignity.

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