Monday, October 19, 2015


Garage Theatre Group

By Alfred Uhry
Directed by Michael Bias

WHEN: October 22-November 8; Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2:30pm. An open reception, with an opportunity to meet the cast and crew, will be held on October 24. 
Becton Theatre, 960 River Road on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Campus in Teaneck, NJ.
Free parking in the FDU lot next to Route 4
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The Garage Theatre Group

Directed by Michael Bias from Tenafly, this Pulitzer-Prize and Academy Award-winning comedy-drama is sure to warm your heart with its message of friendship, understanding and hope.

A treat for all audiences ages 10 to 110, Driving Miss Daisy is a moving story of friendship told with humor, warmth and beauty. This family comedy is set in Atlanta, Ga. from 1948 to 1973. Daisy Werthan, an independent, aging Jewish widow—disagreeable, and set in her ways—reluctantly surrenders the driver’s seat to Hoke Coleburn, a proud, soft-spoken black man. At first, Daisy’s stubbornness and cultural prejudices cause much friction, but over the course of 25 years, Hoke becomes not only her chauffeur, but against all odds, her best friend. The Washington Post once called this play “[a story] marked with unaffected grace and generosity of spirit, medium-sized miracles and changed minds.”

Written by Alfred Uhry in 1987 as a tribute to his Atlanta-based family, the play went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Outer Critics Circle Award. A 1989 movie version starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Tandy. The Garage’s production of Driving Miss Daisy will feature top talent from the tri-area. The cast includes Valerie Stack Dodge of Morrisrown as Daisy Werthan, Marvin Bell of Hoke Coleburn, and Scott Zimmerman of N.Y.C. as Boolie Werthan.


About our cast...

Comedian Marvin Bell (Hoke) is making his GTG debut, but he's a veteran in this role.  He won a 2013 Broadway World nomination for best featured actor in a play as Hoke at Playhouse On Park in Hartford and played the same role at the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina.

Valerie Stack Dodge (Daisy) was last seen as Sarah in GTG's production of Table Manners in 2011.  You may have seen her on other New Jersey stages, including the Theater Project, Women's Theatre Company, The Growing Stage, 12 Miles West, and The Bickford Theatre.

Scott Zimmerman (Boolie) is making his third appearance with GTG.  Last season, he appeared as Stanley in Lost in History and as an ensemble member in the wild, absurd comedy, Ubu Roi.

Funding for Driving Miss Daisy and the 2015-16 season is made possible by the Puffin Foundation and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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