The J. Edgar Monroe Foundation,
Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Production
Directed by: Silas Cooper
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and
later, an Academy Award-winning film. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely
relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady: and a proud, soft-spoken black man.
The place is the Deep South, the time 1948 - just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently
demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is
informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person
he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately
regards with disdain. Hoke is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her
latent prejudice. In a series of scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual
differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on each other. It becomes movingly clear that
they have more in common than they ever believed possible.
PERFORMANCES AND TICKET INFORMATION:
May 9, 2013 – Preview Night at Teatro Wego! (177 Sala Ave. Westwego, LA) at 7:30PM
$10.00 at the door
May 10 – 19, 2013 at Teatro Wego! (177 Sala Ave. Westwego, LA)
May 24 – June 2, 2013 at the Northstar Theatre (347 Girod St. Mandeville, LA)
Performances will be Friday(s) at 7:30PM, Saturday(s) at 7:30PM, and Sunday(s) at 3:00PM
Ticket prices: $15.00 for children (12 and under), $20.00 for students (with a valid ID), $27.00 for
seniors (65+) and $30.00 for adults. Contact 504.885.2000 or visit WWW.JPAS.ORG for tickets.
ARTS ADVENTURE SERIES:
All JPAS Arts Adventure Series performances of Driving Miss
Daisy will feature brief talkbacks. Tulane University professors will lead talkbacks. Wednesday, May
15 the special guest will be Dr. Brian Horowitz; Thursday, May 16 the special guest will be Dr. David
Goldstein. JPAS is delighted to have these special guests because of their expertise in Jewish
Studies. Talkbacks for Driving Miss Daisy will explore how the differences between people can retain
their culture and the Jewish/African American experience.
ABOUT DR. BRIAN HOROWITZ
Tulane Professor Brian Horowitz, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (1993), is a specialist in
East European Jewish literature and history. A prodigious publisher, Professor Horowitz has
completed five journal articles during the past academic year and four encyclopedia articles. He is
presently close to finishing a book on the Russian intelligentsia in late czarist Russia. Previously he
published an original monograph, The Myth of A. S. Pushkin in Russia's Silver Age (Northwestern
University Press, 1996).
He is the recipient of several prestigious research fellowships, including a Fulbright award, the
Alexander Von Humboldt award from the German government and a Yad Hanadiv fellowship for
study at Hebrew University.
ABOUT DR. DAVID GOLDSTIEN
Dr. Goldstein is an Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, Rabbi Emeritus, Touro
Synagogue, Former Chairman, Jewish Welfare Board’s Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy and
Former US Navy Chaplain, Japan. Rabbi David Goldstein was born in Princeton, New Jersey to a
traditional Jewish family. His family kept kosher although this was difficult because of the small
number of Jews in his town.
Dr. Goldstein chose to go to Japan where he spent three very worthwhile years that solidified his
decision to become a congregational rabbi. He was the associate rabbi of Baltimore Hebrew
congregation in 1968-70 and their senior rabbi from 1970-1978. While in Baltimore, he got his Ph.D.
at St. Mary’s Seminary and Baltimore Hebrew College in Talmud and Maimonides. He left his
Baltimore congregation to become a rabbi at Touro Synagogue in New Orleans in 1978 and held this
position until his retirement in 2005 shortly before Hurricane Katrina. When he began his tenure as a
pulpit rabbi in New Orleans, Goldstein also began to simultaneously teach courses at Tulane
University, where he has now taught for 32 years. The lost hurricane semester represents one of only
two semesters missed in 32 years of teaching Jewish Studies courses at Tulane.
ARTS ADVENTURE SERIES PERFORMANCES:
May 15 – 16, 2013 l There will be two performances each day: 9:45AM and 11:15AM l Student prices are $5.00.
For more information about the AAS Performances, please contact Donna Barber at 504.885.2000 ext: 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet Shea, AEA as Daisy Werthan
Donald Lewis as Hoke Colburn
Kristopher Shaw, AEA as Boolie Werthan
ABOUT JEFFERSON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY:
Founded in 1978 by Dennis G. Assaf and Hannah Cunningham, JPAS is a non-profit professional
arts organization whose mission is to promote arts performance, training, and outreach by providing a
diverse range of quality programs that entertain, educate and enrich the cultural and economic vitality
of Jefferson Parish, Greater New Orleans and the Gulf South.
Photography by: James Anthony