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Driving Miss Daisy

driving miss daisyOctober 17 – November 4
by Alfred Uhry

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


A timeless American play, which inspired the beloved Academy Award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions and was the recipient of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

 

 

Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Driving Miss Daisy Press Release
Read a recent story about Driving Miss Daisy in the South Bend Tribune
Read a recent review of Driving Miss Daisy in The Paper

Driving Miss Daisy
Archive Photographs

 

A Note from the Director…

How you know the way I see, unless you lookin’ outta my eyes?

If they ever tell my story, let them say that I walked with giants. Let them say that I lived in the time of Alfred Uhry.  I never imagined when I directed this show in 2005 that I would embark on nearly a decade of revisiting it through two subsequent productions.  There are so many wonderful things to say about this script and plenty of evidence how it won the Pulitzer Prize.  The power of friendship, the shattering of barriers and the humor…that may be (to this day) what shocks me the most about working on Driving Miss Daisy.  It remains the only “straight play” I’ve seen to elicit the same response from an audience that a musical would.  The text achieves near perfection as it weaves in and out of four decades utilizing both humor and drama equally.  It is a rare play that can accomplish such a broad range of emotion.  It has been an absolute joy to have Michael Quinichett (my first Hoke) back working on this show again!  Each Daisy cast I’ve had the pleasure to direct, have brought a unique perspective to these characters and I am grateful to them for helping me to grow as an artist and person.  I would like to dedicate this production to Pat, Scott, Jane, David, Matt, Pam, Rory, and of course, Michael.  Thank you for walking this road with me, my life has been enriched by working with all of you! L’Chaim!

Jeremy Littlejohn

 

Driving Miss Daisy Cast

   

Daisy Werthan

 

Pamela Chabora

Boolie Werthan

 

Rory Dunn

Hoke Coleburn

 

Michael Quinichett

 

Driving Miss Daisy Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Production Stage Manager/Props

 

Monica Gauer

Technical Director

 

Ted Lantz

ASM/Wardrobe

 

Catherine Menkel-Lawrence

ASM/Sound Designer

 

Spencer Holdeman

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

Time & Place

This play takes place from 1948 to 1973, mostly in Atlanta, Georgia.  There are many locales.  The scenery is meant to be simple and evocative.  The action shifts frequently and fluidly.

 

 

Driving Miss Daisy Cast Bios

Pamela Chabora (Daisy) currently serves as a performer and master teacher at Theatre West Virginia.  In addition to serving as a Master Teacher of Performance, Chabora has also maintained a parallel career in professional theatre as a performer.  Favorite roles include Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man, Miss Lynch in Grease, Ethel in Footloose, Mayor Matilda in All Shook Up and Emily Dickinson in the one woman show, The Belle of Amherst, which toured nationally for the past seven years.  Chabora has just returned from a 2011/2012 National Tour, playing Golde, and then Yente in Fiddler on the Roof.  Chabora thanks God for her precious family.

 

amish acresRory Dunn (Boolie) has been performing on the stage since he was four years old singing in French in South Pacific.  Ever since, he has been on stage every chance he could get playing anything people would allow.  So far, he has played dogs, whales, monkeys, bandits, dashing leading men, evil villains and the occasional comic relief.  Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the title role in Sweeney Todd, and recently Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol right here at the Round Barn.  Rory is excited to start Driving Miss Daisy, his tenth show here, and wants to thank all the audiences this year for being so enthusiastic!

 

Michael Quinichett (Hoke) is from Columbus Ohio, and played this role 7 years ago here at the Round Barn Theatre, with the same great director! Favorite roles/shows include Big River (Jim), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Ken), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch), and The Full Monty (Horse).

Enjoy the show!

 

 

 

Driving Miss Daisy Staff Biographies

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) was born and raised in nearby Laporte, Indiana.  She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a B.A. in Theater Arts, after which she married her high school sweetheart.  When she was younger, Monica remembered coming to the Round Barn Theatre and now she is excited to work here behind the scenes.  She hopes you enjoy the show!

Spencer Holdeman (Sound Designer) is 22 years old and was born and raised here, in Nappanee.  He attended ITT Tech and is thrilled to be spending his second season designing Sound here at the Round Barn Theatre.

Ted Lantz (Technical Director) is in his second season at the Round Barn Theatre after retiring from 34 years in Education.  He is at home on a stage, having been involved in Show Choir and Drama at Bremen High School.  A native of the Nappanee area, Ted resides with his wife, Chris, in nearby Wakarusa.  He enjoys frequent trips to his Alma Mater, Manchester College where his daughter, Kelsey, is a senior.  He especially enjoys visiting Maine, where his son, Jordan, is a student at Bowdoin College.

Catherine Menkel-Lawrence (Wardrobe) is happy to be working in her premier season with The Round Barn Theatre. A native of Newport, Oregon she is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Recent credits include Northwest Opera In Schools Etc's Hansel and Gretl, Costumer, Weathervane 2011 season, Stitcher, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Costume Intern.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who has been performing his entire life and getting paid for it for the past fifteen years!  There isn’t much Jeremy hasn’t done at Amish Acres having now worked here in three different decades both on the Joseph Stein Stage and in the Historic Area.  He is probably remembered for his performance credits, but is most proud of introducing straight plays to the Round Barn patrons by way of the Second Stage.  He has logged over 700 performances of Plain and Fancy, playing all of the male roles, and directed the show four times; including the 20th Anniversary Season.  Some of his other directing projects include  Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lost in Yonkers, Miss Nelson is Missing, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Kiss Me Kate and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher. 

“This Act ain’t much, but through it, I’ve met Kings and Queens and I got to meet you.”   – From The Will Rogers Follies; Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green

Richard Pletcher (Producer), with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.

Driving Miss Daisy
Theme Dinner: October 26

Each Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest solely with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.

Theme Dinner reservations required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.

Tea for Two

Menu Includes:
Soup

Ham and Bean Soup

Appetizers
Stuffed Mushrooms with Pecans

Salad
Fruit Salad
Green Salad with Avocado Dressing

Bread
Sweet Potatoe Bread

Entrees
Pork Loin with Spinich Stuffing
Southern-Style Honey Barbeque Chicken

Pasta
Cheese Ravioli with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Vegetables
Corn Pudding
Spanish Rice

Desserts
Pecan Pie
Banana Split Cake
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
Planters Punch,
Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffees
Beer and Wine available for purchase

2012 Theme Dinner Menu