Crown Center Setting for Stage Play
"Driving Miss Daisy," the hit comedy that captured the Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award, comes to the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville on Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m., the Crown Center announced today.
The story begins in the Deep South in 1948, just prior to the civil rights upheaval, with Daisy Wertham, sharp-tongued widow, having just demolished another car. Her well-intentioned son Boolie decides that it is best for her to get a chauffeur and hires Hoke, a thoughtful and unemployed black man.
Daisy immediately regards Hoke with disdain. He is not impressed with her patronizing tone, which he believes reveals her latent prejudice. A series of absorbing and illuminating scenes span the next 25 years and are filled with warm humor and glinting insights.
The character of Hoke is captured by performer Antonio Fargas. Best known as Huggy Bear on the 1970s television series, "Starsky and Hutch," Fargas currently stars as Mr. Harris on the smash hit, "Everybody Hates Chris," and has more than four decades of television, film and theatrical credits to his name.
The role of Daisy comes to life through veteran actress Karen Grassle, who is best remembered as Caroline Ingalls, the mother on "Little House on the Prairie."
Tickets are $25 to $38 and are on sale now. Tickets are available at the Crown Center box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and charge by phone at 910-223-2900. For more information call 910-438-4100 or visit www.crowncoliseum.com.
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