Gallery Players is holding open auditions for the first show of our 71st season! "Driving Miss Daisy" Directed by Matt Hermes. Auditions will be held on Monday, July 15th from 7-9p and Tuesday, July 16th from 7-9p at the Roth/Resler Theater - JCC: 1125 College Ave., Columbus, 43209. Both Non-Union and Union actors will be considered.
Inspired by playwright Alfred Uhry's family, "Driving Miss Daisy" follows the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, from 1948 to 1973, after Daisy is no longer able to drive. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1988, and Uhry later adapted the play for the big screen, winning Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Picture.
The show will have six performances: Sat Sep 14 @ 8pm; Sun Sep 15 @ 2:30pm AND 7pm, Thurs Sep 19 @ 7:30pm, Sat Sep 21 @ 8pm, and Sun Sep 22 @ 2:30pm. Actors should sign up for a slot on either of the two audition days and plan to be there the entire time. Please arrive 10 minutes early on the day of your audition to fill out an audition form.
At the audition, actors will be asked to prepare and read scenes from the play with other actors. Auditioning with an Atlanta/southern accent is encouraged but not required. Please bring a headshot, resume, and any scheduling conflicts for the months of July-September. Due to the small cast size, excessive conflicts will not be accepted. Callbacks will be scheduled if needed.
Note: Age ranges are as specified in the script by the playwright. It is not necessary for the actor to be anywhere specific in that range, or even in the range at all.
Daisy Werthan- A widow (age 72–97)
Daisy Werthan is a Jewish widow and native to Atlanta, Georgia. Although she is well-off, she remains fiercely rooted in her frugal upbringing, her early career as a teacher, her Southern propriety, and her Judaism. Independent and stubborn, she’s clinging to her old ways in the midst of unprecedented social changes in America. Daisy's essentially decent nature is challenged by trying to adapt, especially to a world where desegregation is challenging all the ideas she's had about herself as a progressive person. Through her relationship with Hoke, Daisy is forced to confront her deep-rooted prejudice against African Americans.
Hoke Coleburn- Her chauffeur (age 60–85)
Hoke Colburn is an African-American man and native Georgian. He is a widower with a daughter and a granddaughter. He has grown up in the thick of the Jim Crow era, experiencing for almost his whole life segregation, discrimination, injustice, racism, and limited access to education. Hoke is a hard worker, good provider, confident, proud, and independent. While he can’t read at the start of the play, he is a wise and intelligent man, especially shrewd with money and negotiating. Though he is respectful to and patient with Daisy, he doesn’t fawn over her, eventually becoming comfortable enough to call her on some of her more outrageous behavior. Ultimately, Hoke’s honesty and forthrightness helps to further Daisy’s recognition of her own intolerance.
Boolie Werthan- Her son (age 40–65)
Boolie Werthan was born and raised in Atlanta, coming of age during the Great Depression. Daisy’s only son, he eventually took over the family business and is now a successful businessman—even as a Jew, he’s been accepted by the business community. He is dutiful to his mother, despite her prickly personality. He is often exasperated by her, but is practical and loyal in his dealings with her. He's an attentive son and husband and a hard-working, humble businessman. Though he treats Hoke with respect, gratitude, and fairness, he compromises his principles on segregation for fear of how he will be seen by the community that has embraced him.
Roth/Resler Theater- JCC - 1125 College Ave, Columbus OH 43209
|| Giselle Siegel