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  • The Neil Simon Festival and DSU Theatre Team Up for Driving Miss Daisy
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    Published - 04/05/14 - 02:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photo courtesy of Dixie State University Theatre Department
    Photo courtesy of Dixie State University Theatre Department
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - Starring celebrity actor Clarence Gilyard as Hoke Coleburn and veteran actress Jan Broberg as Daisy Werthan, the Neil Simon Festival and Dixie State University Theatre Department team up to bring you the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. Richard Bugg, founder and director of The Neil Simon Festival, directs the production. A portion of the proceeds will benefit DSU Theatre scholarship students.

    Driving Miss Daisy plays April 23-25, 2014 at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre, on the DSU campus. You may purchase tickets online at www.dsutix.com or by calling the box office at 435-652-7800. Tickets for this event are selling fast so get yours now!

    Clarence Gilyard Jr. is an actor and director, known for Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Die Hard (1988) and Top Gun (1986). Jan Broberg is an actress and writer, known for Iron Man 3 (2013), Maniac (2012) and Slaughter of the Innocents (1993).

    The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Wertham, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple. Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and, in a gesture of good will and shared concern, invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. As the play ends Hoke has a final visit with Miss Daisy, now ninety-seven and confined to a nursing home, and while it is evident that a vestige of her fierce independence and sense of position still remain, it is also movingly clear that they have both come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible-and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit. (goodreads.com)

    Contact the Box Office for tickets at 435-652-7800 or order tickets online at www.dsutix.com.com. You may also call Mark Houser, the Director of Theatre, directly with questions and for more details at 435-879-4384. Reserved admission is $20 per ticket. Group tickets are available at $15 per ticket with a group of 20 or more. Doors close at 7:30 P.M. so please be sure to show up early. Thank you for your continued support of the Fine Arts at Dixie State College. We’ll see you at the Theatre!

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