Miss Daisy

For the third time in her acting career, Jeanne Kussrow-Larson of Knapp will play the title role in Driving Miss Daisy opposite Mark Ware as Hoke Colburn.

Barron Spotlighters present Driving Miss Daisy at the Barron Area Ccommunity Center, Monday through Thursday, Aug 14 -17 at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Aug 19.

The winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play takes place in 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 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 absorbing scenes spanning 25 years, the pair — despite their mutual differences — grow ever closer to and more dependent on each other. 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, 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.

The cast includes local actress Jeanne Kussrow-Larson, who reprises the role of Miss Daisy for the third time in her long career, along with Mark Ware as Hoke, and Bryan Curtis as Boolie.

No advance tickets needed. Cost is $12 for adults, and senior and child discounts apply. Racist comments and language are in the script, so parents are advised to use their judgment. Follow Barron Spotlighters on Facebook or Instagram.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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