Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and inspiring the Academy Award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy is a compassionate and humorous tale of an unlikely relationship between an aging Jewish woman and her soft-spoken black chauffeur.

DECEMBER 5 - 23, 2012

Reviews: CT | CT Critics Circle | CT Wit

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Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and inspiring the Academy Award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy is a compassionate and humorous tale of an unlikely relationship between an aging Jewish woman and her soft-spoken black chauffeur. Set in the Deep South in 1948, we see their friendship develop over the course of thirty years through a series of compelling scenes. Through an era of great racial strife, their relationship grows and despite their differences, their mutual dependence draws them together. Driving Miss Daisy is an inspiring and moving tale that explores the depths of humanity and the process of growing older.

"Driving Miss Daisy is a total delight." - NY Daily News

"A perfectly poised and shaped miniature on the odd-couple theme." - New York Post


DEC 2012
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Waltrudis BuckWALTRUDIS BUCK (Daisy Werthan) Playhouse on Park: Debut. Waltrudis has appeared in dozens of plays. Some favorites: PAINTING CHURCHES (Barnstormers), UNCLE VANYA (Long Wharf), WOYZECK (Naked Angels), ANY DAY NOW (MTS), EINSTEIN'S SECRET LETTERS (Walker Space). On screen she's been Julia Roberts' psychiatrist in EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, Zabel's secretary in WALL STREET II, the dress designer for the evil daughter in MILDRED PIERCE, an old Gretchen Moll in LIFE ON MARS, a kidnapping victim on LAW & ORDER, and a University Dean in Woody Allen's DECONSTRUCTING HARRY – never a dull moment. Soon she can be seen as Rina Herzman in Larry Brand's brilliant THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Her next stage appearance will be as Vera in 4000 MILES at the Vermont Stage Company.

Marvin BellMARVIN BELL (Hoke Colbum) Playhouse on Park: Debut. Shortly after his 1982 stand-up comedy debut, Marvin appeared in the St. Louis Black Repertory Company’s production of Charles Fuller’s BROWNVILLE RAID and went on to appear in numerous local productions including a stellar performance in David Mamet’s EDMOND. Although focused on stand-up comedy, he continued to study acting. In Los Angeles, with the prestigious Candy Herman and veteran actor Allen Garfield. In New York, with classes at the renowned HB Studios and the New York Film Actors Workshop.
Marvin has recently signed with American Talent Management where his acting has become a priority. Visit

Bristol PomeroyBRISTOL POMEROY (Boolie Werthan)Playhouse on Park: Debut. Bristol has a foundation in theater with a BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase College. He was last seen in the play THAT IS HOW I LEFT, which premiered at The Living Theater in New York as part of the New York International Fringe Festival 2012. He has also played The State in James Baldwin’s BLUES FOR MR. CHARLIE at The National Black Theater in Harlem, Jerry Miller in ON A DARKLING PLAIN, written and directed by Norman Beim presented at the Shell Theater in New York, Peter in THE KITCHEN  by Arnold Wesker, Berger in HAIR at The Little Theater in Seattle, and Renfeld in Nick DiMartino’s adaptation of DRACULA. He’s also had lead roles in a number of independent films; MARATHON, a feature shot in New London, Connecticut, THE RELUCTANT DETECTIVE, a comedy written and directed by Connecticut’s own Chris Lombardi and 2 SUNNY DAYS opposite Maya Sansa, written and directed by Ognjen Svilicic, filmed in Croatia. Recently he played a supporting role in FAT, shot in Boston starring Mel Rodriguez and a supporting role in TERMINLA LEGACY directed by Brian Kazmarck.

STEVIE ZIMMERMAN (Director) returns to Playhouse on Park having previously directed COLLECTED STORIES and LOVE LETTERS in the company's inaugural season. She is thrilled to be back in West Hartford, at POP, directing this wonderful play. Stevie made her DC area directing debut with By Jeeves at 1st Stage Theatre, following her family’s move there in 2010. Amongst several positive reviews,’s included this happy line: “Heroic performances bespeak a heroic director; this one is Stevie Zimmerman! ” Other recent productions include ALICE, AND EVENING WITH ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH at the Capitol Fringe (DC); readings of ANYTHING BUT ROCKFORD by James del Fiore for the Playwrights’ Initiative in DC; a staged reading of Michael P Smith's PASSAGGIO for First Light with the Theatre of the First Amendment in Fairfax, VA.; a staged reading of COUNTDOWN TO THE HAPPY DAY by Tom Stephens for Doorway Arts Ensemble, MD and readings of Kitty Felde’s A PATCH OF EARTH and Patricia Davis’ ALTERNATIVE METHODSAS part of the Beltway Drama Series at Busboys and Poets. In Spring 2013 she is the invited Guest Artist to direct the World Premiere production of PASSAGIO at George Mason University - further upcoming productions include Yasmina Reza's ART at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, and the world premiere of ANYTHING BUT ROCKFORD. Stevie Zimmerman received her training at the Workshop Theatre of the University of Leeds in England, where she was awarded a Master’s degree, with Distinction in Directing. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University. As Associate Professor of Theatre at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford she directed many productions, including Ibsen’s GHOSTS, Euripides’ THE TROJAN WOMEN, THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE by Harley Granville Barker, AWAKE AND SING by Clifford Odets, Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, NECESSARY TARGETS by Eve Ensler, Lorca’s YERMA, and DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel. Also at The Hartt School Stevie taught classes in Text Analysis and Theater History and performed as a narrator in productions of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and L’Histoire du Soldatand Walton’s fiendish FAÇADE. Stevie is an active voiceover artist and sometime writer.

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