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UW-Eau Claire’s Artist Series
Opens With ‘Driving Miss Daisy’
MAILED: Sept. 10, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — A Mixed Company’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy” will open the 2001-02 season of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Artists Series on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
         Set in the South in the years between 1948 and 1973, Alfred Uhry’s poignant three-character drama will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
         In “Driving Miss Daisy,” Uhry presents a sometimes sentimental, sometimes bittersweet, always engaging view of life based on his remembrances of growing up in Atlanta. The story centers on Daisy Werthan (Judith L. Stone), a cantankerous, elderly widow who can no longer drive. Over her protests, her upwardly mobile son Boolie (Louis A. George) hires a gentle-spirited black man, Hoke Coleburn (Leonard Stephenson), to be her chauffeur. The two gradually build a relationship that transcends their differences, as a situation created out of need grows into a friendship rooted in caring.
         The stage production, which consists of a series of short takes spanning a period of over two decades, contrasts with the award-winning 1989 film adaptation because blackouts between the scenes better delineate the phases of Daisy and Hoke’s developing friendship. While it does not address issues of prejudice directly, the story reflects a changing world through the relationship between a fiercely independent Jewish woman who is growing physically frail and is forced to accept help, and a proud, hard-working black man who needs a job.
         Admission is $15 for the public; $13 for those age 62 and over and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center, and will be sold at the door.
         Patrons may also charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
         Season subscription information is also available at the Service Center. A range of subscription packages is available, offering discounts of 10 to 20 percent.
         The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Updated: Sept. 10, 2001