Ensemble Theatre Of Chattanooga Presents Driving Miss Daisy Dec. 8-17

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present Driving Miss Daisy Dec. 8-17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Performances will be at Midtown Central, 5705 Uptain Road.  Call 987-5141 for ticket information. 

Review for Driving Miss Daisy:

A beautiful and touching story of deeply rooted friendship, Driving Miss Daisy is the perfect holiday offering. Written by Alfred Uhry, this Pulitzer Prize winning script focuses on the relationship of Daisy Werthan, a southern Jewish woman and her African American driver, Hoke Colburn.  The beauty behind the story is its simplicity, spanning decades and showing the truly remarkable bond forged in the wake of fear and social intolerance as represented brilliantly through Daisy’s son Boolie.  Through acceptance and understanding on both sides, Daisy and Hoke’s relationship shows us all the true nature of friendship, love, and comradery. 

Any fan of the 1989 film version of Driving Miss Daisy will love the play upon which it is based. Daisy, an ageing, yet fiercely independent woman is forced to relent some control over her life when her son hires a driver for her. With the patience of a saint and his own quite persistence, Hoke takes Daisy’s stubborn nature in stride and through his strong will, eventually breaks through her icy exterior. While fighting the movement of time and age, Daisy comes to realize that this unwanted change is exactly what she has needed. 

A reoccurring ensemble member of ETC, Monica Woodlief makes her directorial debut with Driving Miss Daisy. “A woman who is both closed and open minded, both closed and open hearted is met by the steady force of a man of honor and humor,” said Ms. Woodlief. “Sparks fly as the two shape each other into someone better than they were before. Set in an uncertain time in our nation’s history, in a south that needed to be changed, Driving Miss Daisy, with humor and grace, showcases a story that speaks to the heart.” 

New to ETC, Aleatha Plott tackles the firecracker role that is Daisy Werthan. “In truth, she is terrified of losing her independence and her voice in making her life’s decisions. I think Hoke understands this fear from the beginning, which makes him a long-suffering, wise hero. Their relationship develops, much like a butterfly in a chrysalis, over the years, culminating in her revelation and moment of clarity that he is, and always has been her best friend.” 

Closing out their 2017 season with Driving Miss Daisy, ETC extends a thank you to the Family Justice Center, Carol Berz, Dr. Valerie Radu and Patti Childers.  “The generosity of the city and the FJC helped breathe life back into our organization.  It has allowed us to look forward to the future of a professional theatre in Chattanooga.”  In honor of this relationship, ETC will be presenting an entire season of theatre for 2018 focused specifically on families.  Auditions for their 2018 season will be on Dec. 2 and 9. Please check their website for more information. 

Voices Of Lee To Sing At Carnegie Hall

Lee University’s Voices of Lee will perform at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 2, as part of “Worship in New York,” featuring Bradley Knight.  “With Carnegie Hall being one of the most prestigious performance venues in America, we are thrilled to get the opportunity to perform along with Bradley and these other outstanding guests,” said Danny Murray, director of Voices of ... (click for more)

River City Sessions At Lula Lake Set For June 8

River City Sessions at Lula Lake will be held on Friday, June 8, from 4:30-9:30 p.m. It will feature Red Shoes and Rosin, Magic Birds, Mountain Creek Housefire and Michael Gray.  This is a unique twilight concert at Lula Lake Land Trust. River City Sessions is a monthly showcase of local musicians and talent that exemplifies southern roots. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and ... (click for more)

McCallie Coach From 90s Who Is Now Deceased Is Accused Of Abusing Students

A McCallie School coach from the 1990s who is now deceased is being accused of abusing students at the private prep school. Two former students said Steven Lee "Steve" Carpenter sexually abused them. Carpenter was the basketball coach at McCallie for 11 seasons - through 1999. He was boys basketball coach at Ridgeland High School beginning in 2000. Carpenter was ... (click for more)

Famed Radio Broadcaster Tommy Jett Dies At 77 At His Flintstone Home

Legendary radio broadcaster, Tommy Jett, (Thomas Wayne Reynolds) died Wednesday in his sleep at his residence in Flintstone, Ga.   He was 77. The native of Smithville, Tn., first was heard on Chattanooga radio in 1961 when he joined WFLI. He was known for his gaudy rings and his "Hey Now" greeting. He switched to country on WDOD in the 1980s and later was on "The ... (click for more)

Pluses And Minuses Of Tennessee's New Opioid Law

It was clear when Governor Haslam announced his TN Together plan in January that lawmakers were going to do something to try to address the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. With the passage of SB 2257/HB 1831, Tennessee now has one of the most comprehensive and restrictive laws of any state.   The Tennessee Medical Association was actively engaged in the process and appreciates ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘We’ll Lose The Senate!’

A guy who I admire and respect wrote me yesterday. He had just read my story defending Bob Corker for honoring “The Code” due to his true friendship with Phil Bredesen. He is also no stranger to my vivid dislike of the Republican choice to replace Corker in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn is no match against Bredesen on any tier and it is clearly the Republican Party itself that has ... (click for more)