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Miss Daisy drives onto theater stage
Shows begin this Friday
Driving small
"Driving Miss Daisy" begins Friday at the Cumming Playhouse. - photo by Submitted
At a glance

  • What: “Driving Miss Daisy”
  • When: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays from April 30-May 23
  • Also: An 8 p.m. performance will be held on Mother’s Day.
  • Where: The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St.
  • Tickets: $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, students, veterans and groups of 25 or more
  • Contact: (770) 781-9178 or
  • Note: The Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild Show is May 6-9 at the Brannon-Heard House, 111 Pilgrim Mill Road. Admission is $3.
He drove her around and she drove him crazy.

But there’s much more to the story in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Presented by the Gypsy Theatre Company, the Alfred Uhry play opens Friday at the Cumming Playhouse.

“This is the kind of show that people at the playhouse love,” said Linda Heard, playhouse director. “Our audience is drawn to these types of shows.
It was such a popular motion picture and I feel confident it will be presented well by the Gypsy Theatre.”

The story dates back to 1948, when 72-year-old widow Daisy Wertham is forced by her son to give up driving and rely on a chauffer, a black man named Hoke.

Despite their distaste for each other in the beginning, an unlikely relationship develops between the two during their 25 years together.

Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy starred in 1990 in the national release of the film, which won four Oscars, including best screenplay and best picture.

The Cumming Playhouse production will provide the same heartfelt story, Heard said.

“Tickets are beginning to sell and we expect the show to be a sellout,” she said. “The Gypsy Theater always has the most elaborate sets.

“It’s always amazing to me when I walk into the theater for the first time, the stage appears to have grown. I’m not sure how they do that, but
they make use of every inch and build a beautiful set.”

The show will run through May 23, including two shows on May 9, which is Mother’s Day.

Tam’s Backstage will be serving lunch and dinner around the Mother’s Day showtimes, so people can catch a meal and a show, Heard said.

“Mother’s Day is going to be a big weekend, because there’s also the quilt show at the Brannon-Heard House,” she said.

The Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild Show is set for May 6-9 at the Brannon-Heard House, 111 Pilgrim Mill Road. Admission is $3.

“This is what we’ve been striving to do — to have several things happening at once on the same weekend so they can all complement each other,” Heard said.