‘Driving Miss Daisy’ to have special guest with close ties to play
by staff reports
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CenterStage North will present ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ The first show is Friday at 8 p.m. Above: From left are Judith Beasley as Daisy, Nat Martin as Hoke and Daniel Rich as Boolie.<br>Special/Capas Jones at Cloud8Photo.com
CenterStage North will present ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ The first show is Friday at 8 p.m. Above: From left are Judith Beasley as Daisy, Nat Martin as Hoke and Daniel Rich as Boolie.
Special/Capas Jones at Cloud8Photo.com
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When “Driving Miss Daisy” begins its run Friday at CenterStage North, a special guest with personal ties to the story will be there to take it all in. It all started with a special connection between an actress, the playwright and an old friend.

This production is a reunion of sorts for director Karen Worrall and performers Nat Martin and Judith Beasley. Worrall cast Martin as Hoke more than 15 years ago, and Martin continued to play the role around Atlanta. Worrall and Beasley met two years ago when they were cast in “The Dixie Swim Club.”

Beasley had been communicating with playwright and author Calvin Alexander Ramsey. In their conversations, Ramsey mentioned one of his friends is the grandson of Will Coleman — the man original playwright Alfred Uhry based Hoke upon.

This man, Morocco Coleman, spoke with Beasley about his grandfather and the relationship with the Uhry family. Will Coleman was the chauffer for Uhry’s grandmother. Morocco and his wife, Paula, will be in attendance at one the performances.

“Driving Miss Daisy” is the winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. The play has had a Broadway run. The 1989 movie version won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The play runs Oct. 12 to 21. Shows from Oct. 25 to 27 will be in conjunction with the Mountain View Arts Alliance. All performances will take place at Mountain View Arts Alliance at the Art Place Mountain View at 3330 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. The Oct. 14 show will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

For tickets, visit www.centerstagenorth.org or call (770) 331-0079. For tickets to the MVAA shows, visit www.theartplace.us or call (770) 509-2700.
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