October 04, 2018

Driving Miss Daisy Opens our Moyer Studio Season

Driving Miss Daisy Opens our Moyer Studio Season

When CTL opened the Jason Moyer Studio Theatre in 2016 we started searching for shows that our audiences would love and that our actors would want to be a part of...

Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and prejudice. The two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they both come to realize they have more in common than times and circumstances would allow them to publicly admit.


CTL newcomer Maggie Able (recently seen as the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet) is directing the production. “It's a story that touches my heart and I wanted to be a part of sharing it,” she says, “As a society we deal with a multitude of issues that we should have evolved past, such as racism and class division. The message is as true today as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow: Look past the outside, look past class, color, gender, labels… The true measure of a person is who they are from their heart.”


The Jason J. Moyer Studio Theatre is beginning its third season in the Community Theatre League. The Moyer Studio is on the third floor of the Community Theater League’s home at the Trade & Transit Centre in downtown Williamsport. The intimate 50-seat black box theatre is designed to present smaller or more “mature” dramas and comedies.


“I am excited that the Moyer Studio is bringing this true classic to life,” says Seth Sponhouse, CTL’s Executive Director, “Maggie and her cast have taken the text to heart and really run away with it, creating a story that resonates as fresh today as it did when it was written. With the Studio space, this work finds one of the most intimate presentations it has ever had in the region. With a house of only 50 seats the audience is truly the fourth member of the cast.”


“I am an observer of people and the world around me,” Able says, “Life can be fascinating or horrifying with stops on all points in between. Prejudice comes in many forms and I have been on the receiving end of it. I have seen it happen to friends. There are issues of fearing change, growing older, wanting to feel you have worth or feeling like you need to wear a mask to be accepted. I have had those experiences in life and it helps me to understand the feelings and emotions needed while working with the actors in helping to bring these characters to life.


“Driving Miss Daisy” features Sandie Fairman as Daisy, Aubyn Johnson as Hoke, and Travis Corter as Boolie.


This production is sponsored by Lang’s Chocolates.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ctlshows.com, in person at the Box Office, or by phone at (570) 327-1777.


DRIVING MISS DAISY is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.