Driving Miss Daisy

PLAY-dmdby Alfred Uhry

DIRECTED by Jon Huffman

October 12-28

When Daisy Werthan, a widowed 72-year old Jewish woman living in mid century Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Coleburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.

DATES AND TIMES

OCTOBER
Friday        12th - 7:30
Saturday    13th  -7:30
Sunday      14th (two performances) -  2:30/ 7:30
Thursday    18th -  7:30
Friday        19th  - 7:30
Saturday    20th -  7:30
Sunday      21st  -(two performances) - 2:30/7:30
Thursday    25th -  7:30
Friday        26th -  7:30
Saturday    27th  - 7:30
Sunday      28th -  2:30
 
Note: There are no Wednesday Performances of this play
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
 
ALFRED UHRY is distinguished as the only American playwright to have won a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award and two Tony Awards. A graduate of Brown University, Uhry began his professional career as a lyric writer under contract to the late Frank Loesser. In that capacity, he made his Broadway debut in 1968 with Here's Where I Belong. His first major success came when he collaborated with Robert Waldman on a musical adaptation of Eudora Welty's The Robber Bridegroom, which opened at the Mark Taper Forum in 1976 and went on to Broadway, winning Mr. Uhry his first Tony nomination. He followed that with five re-created musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House. His first play, Driving Miss Daisy opened at Playwrights Horizons Theatre in New York in 1987. It moved subsequently to the John Houseman Theatre where it ran for three years and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. The film version, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1990. The film also won the Best Picture Award. His next play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. It opened on Broadway the next year where it ran for over 500 performances and won Uhry the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama League Award and the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. His book for the musical, Parade, directed by Harold Prince with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, won the Tony Award in 1999. A revised production at the Donmar Theatre in London won Mr. Uhry an Olivier Award Nomination and went on to Los Angeles where it opened to rave reviews in October, 2009. His play, Without Walls, starring Laurence Fishburne, opened at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in June of 2006. His next play, Edgardo Mine, played the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in 2006 and the book for Lovemusik, a musical about Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya ran on Broadway in 2007. It was directed by Harold Prince. For this, Mr. Uhry won another Drama Desk nomination. He is currently finishing a play commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club.

The Last Hanukkah Christmas?

The Last Hanukkah Christmasby Juergen K. Tossmann

Dec 13-23

It's December 22nd, 2012, the day after the Mayan Calendar ends and the end of the world begins. Holocaust survivor Klaus Klurman wakes up to find that his world has been turned upside down. He is visited by several Spirits - one being his old friend Hyman Goldstein and one being his deceased wife, Margie. Together the Spirits lead him through a journey of recollection, fear and ultimately hope.
 
This Myan Calendar Mishap features long time Bunbury Actors Matt Orme, Juergen Tossmann, Mike Burmester and Kristy Calmen. 

With relative newcombers: Jamisa Spalding, Abby Helm and Alyssa Furkin.

Last season Christina Martin of ArtsLouisville.com wrote:" Bunbury's A Hanukkah Christmas with Klurman and Goldstein is a good bet. Lighthearted yet thought-provoking, it resonates with everyone - whether they celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, both, or neither.

 

PERFORMANCES DAYS AND TIMES
Dec
Thurs            13th-  7:30
Fri                 14th-  7:30
Saturday       15th-  7:30
Sunday         16th-  2:30/ 7:30   (two performances)
Tuesday        18th-  7:30
Wednesday    19th-  7:30
Thursday       20th-  7:30
Friday           21st-  7:30
Saturday       22nd  7:30
Sunday         23rd   2:30

LOVE LETTERS

THE GRASS HARPThis play replaces THE GRASS HARP

Love Letters is a Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominated play by A. R. Gurney

DIRECTED By: Steve Woodring

Starring: Jane Welch and Matt Orme

February 7-17

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position,
are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party
thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue
to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy
goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of
"good schools."

The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people
who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share
confidences

 

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
 
FEBRUARY
 
7 -    7:30
8 -    7:30
9 -    7:30
10 -  2: 30/7:30
14 -  7:30
15 -  7:30
16-   7:30
17-   2:30

Another Cocktail Dear?

ANOTHER COCKTAIL DEAR? by Sallie Manassah 

April 12-28

Five women who have been friends for more than 40 years meet for a card game once a month and talk about their lives and their families.  Now they are all in their 60's and sharing the life experiences of their similar-aged adult children, but, more importantly, the challenges of dealing with their aging parents.  They question the value of living into one's nineties and beyond and wonder what their own aging will resemble. They decide to form a bond to help them make this journey together, with surprising consequences.

 

 
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
APRIL
 
12  7:30
13  7:30
14  2:30
18  7:30
19  7:30
20  no show, thunder over Louisville 
21 2:30
24 7:30
25 7:30
26 7:30
27 7:30
28 2:30

The Boys Next Door

The Boys Next Doorby Tom Griffin

June 7-16

An Off-Broadway success, this very funny yet very touching play focuses on the lives of four mentally challenged men who live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a a sincere, but increasingly despairing, social worker. Filled with humor, the play is also marked by the compassion and understanding with which it peers into the half-lit world of its handicapped protagonists.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
 
JUNE
 
7  7:30
8 7:30
9  2:30/ 7:30
12 7:30
13  7:30
14  7:30
15  7:30
16  2:30