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Driving Miss Daisy

Opening night Thursday, September 14
Patricia Neal Stage
By Alfred Uhry
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Pulitzer Prize-winning play
Starring Rob Karma Robinson, Marc Carver and Bonnie Black as Miss Daisy
Set in mid-century Atlanta, Georgia, DRIVING MISS DAISY follows the 25-year relationship between a cantankerous Jewish gentlewoman and her dignified African-American driver. MV Playhouse honors the 30th anniversary of Uhry's beloved classic with a new production on the Patricia Neal Stage. (Founding artistic director Eileen Wilson previously staged and starred in the play in the 1990 Playhouse production). More About the Play




 

A Fresh Look at an Old Masterpiece – MV Times Article

Driving Miss Daisy Still Tells a Timely Tale on Stage – Vineyard Gazette Article

 

 

Alfred Uhry (Playwright)

Alfred Uhry is the only playwright ever to win the Triple Crown: an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. He began his 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. He then wrote the book and lyrics for THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM and was nominated for a Tony Award. He followed that with five re-created musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House. In 1987 his first play, DRIVING MISS DAISY, opened at Playwrights Horizons Theatre in New York. It was subsequently moved to the John Houseman Theatre, where it ran for over 1300 performances. The play earned many awards, including the Outer Critics Circle Award and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. For the film version, he won an Academy Award and the film itself was voted Best Picture of the Year. Other films include "Mystic Pizza" and "Rich in Love." Mr. Uhry's second play, LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, which was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, opened on Broadway in February 1997. It has been chosen Best Play by the American Theatre Critics Association, The Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama League, and the 1997 Tony Award. He worked on PARADE, a musical play about the Leo Frank case, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Harold Prince. His film projects include a new adaptation of "Dodsworth" for Time Warner, "Cut Flowers" for Miramax, and "Taft," commissioned by Morgan Freeman.

MJ Bruder Munafo (Director)

MJ is the Artistic and Executive Director of Martha's Vineyard Playhouse. Her work as a stage director spans over 25 years, including several world premieres: Jon Lipsky's WALKING THE VOLCANO, Arnie Reisman's NOT CONSTANTINOPLE, Edward L. Beck's SWEETENED WATER, Ronan Noone's THE SECOND GIRL and many new play readings as part of the Playhouse's MONDAY NIGHT SPECIALS. Last summer she also directed RED by John Logan. MJ is the recipient of the 2005 Creative Living Award from the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard.She is a member of SDC. She and her husband Paul live in Vineyard Haven.

Bonnie Black (Miss Daisy)

Bonnie is delighted to return to Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse where she previously appeared in “Rising Water”, “Life X 3” and “The Waverly Gallery”. NYC credits include : HB Playwrights Foundation, CAP21, Pan Asian Rep, NY International Fringe Festival, Theatre for the New City, Equity Library Theatre. Regional: The Old Globe, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, CATF, Merrimack Rep, Crossroads Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, residency with Adrian Hall’s Trinity Rep and company memberships with the Alley Theatre and Great Lakes Theatre Festival, among others. Television includes: “Mr. Robot”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, recurring on “Loving”, several soaps and work in new media.

Rob Karma Robinson (Hoke Coleburn)

is a Brooklyn/Houston native. He received his BFA from the University of Evansville and MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory. Since moving back to New York, credits include THE BLOWIN OF BAILE GALL by Ronan Noone at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, his professional debut, the world premiere, EXPEDITION SIX, (written/dir. Bill Pullman) at the Kennedy Center, and two off off Broadway premiers, PROMISED TOMORROW TODAY, and HA! HA!, written by Lawrence Dial of the Labrats that debuted at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival last year. Some of his most recent work has been with such theater companies as Amios, and Red Shirt Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Walhberg entertainment group. He also played Tom Robinson in MRT's national tour of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

Marc Carver (Boolie Werthan)

At Martha's Vineyard Playhouse: LIFE TIMES THREE, "ART," LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES. In New York: BILL W. AND DR. BOB (New World Stages -- NYC premiere), THE BILBAO EFFECT (world premiere). Regional: Trinity Repertory Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre (London, UK, and Raleigh, NC), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, TheatreSquared, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage, Vermont Stage Company, Gloucester Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre. Film and television: Slender Man (upcoming 2018 -- Screen Gems), Black Mass (Warner Brothers), Frontline (voice -- PBS), The Makeover (ABC-TV), The Gilded Lilys (ABC-TV), Museum of the Bible (upcoming late 2017). Marc studied at Brown University, Boston University, and Trinity Rep Conservatory.

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