Thursday, October 11, 2007

Foothill Alum Out in the World: Ray Renati

Our blog-buddy Ray Renati is treading the boards in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy.

Here are the deets:

WHAT: Driving Miss Daisy By Alfred Uhry

WHERE: CTA Crossroads Theatre
1277 Boulevard Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94595

WHEN: October 19 - November 17, 2007

WHO: Directed by Marilyn Langbehn and featuring: Scarlett Hepworth, Darold Holloway*, Ray Renati*

* Denotes member of Actor's Equity Association

-Box Office Phone: (925) 944-0597


Driving Miss Daisy is a 1987 play by Alfred Uhry about the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish lady shares with her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, over the span of several decades.

The original off-Broadway production starred Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman. Ivey's performance garnered her an Obie Award as Best Actress.

The play was the first in Uhry's "Atlanta Trilogy" dealing with Jewish residents of that city in the early 20th century. Uhry's most successful play, it won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was performed in London's West End in 1988, with Dame Wendy Hiller as Miss Daisy Werthan.

In 1989, the play was adapted for a Warner Bros. film with Morgan Freeman reprising his role and Miss Daisy played by Jessica Tandy (who went on to be the oldest winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role). The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, her synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns. Hoke is rarely seen out of Miss Daisy's presence, although the title implies that the story is told from his perspective.

The film won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Picture.

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