• Charlotte Freeborn as Daisy Werthan (left) and Robert King Jr. as Hoke Colburn take a drive in a scene from the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of “Driving Miss Daisy.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play opens this Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at FTC and will run for three weeks. — Submitted photo

'Driving Miss Daisy' to open Thursday on FTC stage

Tickets are now on sale for the final show of Fredericksburg Theater Company’s 20th season.

“Driving Miss Daisy” will be shown at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, April 13-30. Tickets for this show went on sale April 3.

Included in the play will be a civil rights exhibit on loan from the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

The theater will host auditions for the first play of its 21st season, the comedy musical, “Guys and Dolls,” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 17-18.


‘Driving Miss Daisy’

“Driving Miss Daisy” will close FTC’s 20th season and will be performed Thursday, April 13, and Fridays through Sundays, April 14-30, at the Shepherd Theater.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

There will be no performance on Easter Sunday, April 16.

Cast in the production are Charlotte Freeborn as Daisy Werthan, Stan Hicks as Boolie Werthan and Robert King Jr. as Hoke Colburn.

FTC Artistic Director Kerry Goff is directing the production.

“FTC always prides itself in producing award winning material,” Goff said. “For me as the artistic director, I like to review play selections that have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Plays that have won that prestigious award are filled with rich characters, deep themes, engaging plots, and messages that I feel need to be heard by our community.”

Daisy, a widowed, 72-year-old woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive. Her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur.

What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into an unexpected life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.

King is a professional actor from Austin.

“He’s a friend of FTC executive director Steve Reily, and they knew each other at the Hill Country Community Theatre where King played Hoke before,” Goff said. “Robert has been outstanding to work with. His talent and ability have been exciting to have on our stage.”

Goff considers “Driving Miss Daisy” to be a “clever balance” of dramatic and comedic elements.

“Miss Daisy has some great one-liners that are sure to tickle the audience,” he said. “Hoke is incredibly endearing. Watching their relationship unfold is an emotional experience. I think mothers and sons will be able to relate to the relationship between Miss Daisy and her son, Boolie. ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ is ultimately a love story. Not in the traditional sense, but you will witness growth and maturity in this play that is brought forth by the power of love.”


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