Driving Miss Daisy
DRIVING MISS DAISY
Runtime: approx 90 min with no intermission
Directed by Bain Boehlke
Starring Wendy Lehr as Daisy Werthen
Mr. Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a searing, funny and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America. This family drama is set in Atlanta, Georgia from 1948 - 1973. Daisy Werthen, an independent, aging Jewish widow - disagreeable and set in her ways - reluctantly surrenders the driver's seat of her car to Hoke Colburn, a proud, soft-spoken black man. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
CAST AND CREW
Wendy Lehr (Daisy Werthen)
Wendy is a beloved figure on the Jungle stage, who last appeared as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, and alongside Bain Boehlke in The Gin Game. Wendy has acted on many stages locally—The Jungle Theater (A Delicate Balance, Bone Dry, House of Blue Leaves), The Guthrie Theater (A Christmas Carol), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Lulu, Lettice and Lovage), Park Square Theatre (Mary Stuart, Noises Off!), The Great American History Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theaters.
James Craven (Hoke Colburn)
James, a longtime company member of Penumbra Theatre, is grateful to be making his first appearance on the Jungle Theater stage. Nationally he has performed at Indiana Rep, Kansas City Rep, Arizona Theater Company, Cleveland Playhouse, ACT - San Francisco, LATC as well as many other venues, in all ten of August Wilson's Decade Cycle plays. His singular Broadway credit is Gospel at Colonus. Most recently, he portrayed Horse Power in The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry at Pillsbury House Theater and as the Publisher in Tim McClusker's film Trapped. James was the 2005 recipient of the Spencer-Cherashore Artistic Fellowship Grant, a 2008 recipient of the McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship Grant and the 2011 Lunt-Fontainne/Ten Chimneys Fellowship. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.
Charles Fraser (Boolie)
Charles recently appeared in History Theatre's Nellie. He also performed in the Guthrie Theater's Othello, The Comedy of Errors, and Ah, Wilderness!; Theatre de la Jeune Lune's Tartuffe; and Park Square Theatre's August: Osage County, Defiance and The Triumph of Love. He has also acted with Illusion Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Jon Hassler Theater, Minnesota Festival Theatre, Playwrights' Center, Brave New Workshop and Thirst, among others. Outside Minnesota, he has worked with Lincoln Amphitheatre in Indiana, New Stage Theatre and the Festival of Southern Theatre in Mississippi, and aboard Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Magic. His films include Pull, Jurisprejudice, Hinkleton, and The Completely Remarkable, Utterly Fabulous Transformation of a Regular Joe. Up next: The Diary of Anne Frank at Park Square.
Bain Boehlke (Director)
Bain is the Founding Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater. He has worked in theaters around the county including Arizona Theatre Company, Louisville Children’s Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Mr. Boehlke was Associate Artistic Director and a leading actor at the Children’s Theater Company for 13 years. In 1978, Mr. Boehlke founded Trinity Films and produced the documentary Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspectives. He appeared as “Mr. Mohra” in the Coen brothers’ film Fargo. Mr. Boehlke has directed and/or appeared in many Jungle productions including Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Bus Stop, Fool for Love, House of Blue Leaves, Journey’s End, Seascape, A Life in the Theater, Picnic, Lobster Alice, Under Milkwood, The Pavilion, Gertrude and Alice, Sylvia, Torch Song Trilogy, Tamarack, and The Blue Room. Mr. Boehlke was the recipient of the 2001 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Arts.