With minimal set needs and only three actors, Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy has been popular with theatres of all levels since it premiered in 1987. There have been numerous Little Rock productions over the past thirty years.
Actress and director Judy Trice starred in the Weekend Theater’s production in 2016. Her costars were Jermaine McClure and Jay Clark. The play was directed by Andy Hall (who is currently directing Assassins for the Weekend Theater). The three actors obviously relished the chance to age several decades over the course of the play and mine Uhry’s script for its humor and humanity.
While many plays may fall out of favor over time, it is likely that Driving Miss Daisy will continue to be performed repeatedly.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama being given. To pay tribute to 100 years of the Pulitzer for Drama, each day this month a different Little Rock production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play will be highlighted. Many of these titles have been produced numerous times. This look will veer from high school to national tours in an attempt to give a glimpse into Little Rock’s breadth and depth of theatrical history.