Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

A comedy of unlikely friendship

May 16 – June 14, 2014
Springer Theatre

“Miz Daisy, you needs a chauffeur and Lawd know, I needs a job. Let’s jes’ leave it at dat.”




By Alfred Uhry
Produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC
Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

  • Daisy, a 72-year-old wealthy widow, is reluctant to accept help from anyone, especially the new chauffeur hired by her son. Over the course of 25 years, the two have plenty of time to explore each other’s quirks and perks as they share humorous adventures and develop a relationship that grows from one of necessity to one of companionship. This Pulitzer Prize winning play tells a beloved and heart-warming story about overcoming prejudices, accepting change and the power of genuine friendship.

    “Overwhelmingly touching.”
    - – The Independent

    “A play with a big heart.”
    - – Sunday Express

    “A spine-tingling piece of theatre that pulled you in – an never let you go… a warm, funny engaging and compelling piece of theatre. This is a theatrical masterpiece.”
    - – The Courier Mail

    NEW: American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance

    We are proud to offer our first American Sign Language interpreted performance of Driving Miss Daisy on Saturday, June 7th, 2:30pm. Please contact the Box Office for details at 613-382-7020

    Student Matinee – Presented by TD Bank Group

    June 4, 11:00am

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    Playing at the Springer Theatre
    from May 16 – June 14, 2014

    Evening Performances: Tuesday through Saturday 8:00pm
    Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2:30pm

    Running Time:
 90 minutes

  • Cast

    Daisy Werthan: Nicola Lipman
    Hoke Colburn: Walter Borden
    Boolie Werthan: Brian Linds


    Director: Ashlie Corcoran
    Assistant Director: Alexsandra Marzocca
    Set Designer: Jung-Hye Kim
    Costume Designer: Sean Mulcahy
    Lighting Designer: Tim Fort
    Sound Designer: Adam Harendorf
    Stage Manager: Isabelle Ly
    Apprentice Stage Manager: Kyle Beres

    NICOLA LIPMAN (Daisy Werthan)
    For the Playhouse: No Great Mischief 2013– Mother, Grandmother, Horse.
    Elsewhere: Recent credits include: High Society, Black Comedy, Boeing-Boeing (Arts Club, Vancouver); All the Way Home (Electric Co), Another Home Invasion, Scorched, Humble Boy, Simple (Tarragon Theatre); December Man (Citadel CanStage, Centaur), Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Belfry).
    Upcoming: Since You Left Us (Presentation house), Cabaret (Mayfield, Edmonton), Les Mis (Arts Club).
    Other: Grad of UBC and N.T.S., recipient of Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, 2012. Continued inspiration and tsouris from my 100 year old father, Arthur.

    WALTER BORDEN (Hoke Colburn)
    For the Playhouse: Debut
    Elsewhere: Driving Miss Daisy (Theatre Aquarius; Mayfield Theatre); The Odyssey, Harlem Duet, Henry VIII, MacBeth, Agamemnon, Electra, The Flies, Duchess of Malfi (Stratford Festival), Orpheus Descending (Stratford Festival/MTC/Mirvish Productions); Medea (MTC/Mirvish Productions) Gospel at Colonus, Hosanna, Angels in America, Romeo and Juliet, Travels With My Aunt, Tartuffe (Neptune Theatre) Hamlet (Persephone) Endgame, Prometheus Bound (Theatre Newfoundland/Labrador) Merchant of Venice (Acadia Drama Society)
    Upcoming: Driving Miss Daisy (Gravenherst)
    Other: Order of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Leslie Yeo Prize, Portia White Prize, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, D.C.L. (Honorary), DLitt (Honorary) Following its premiere at Venice Film Festival, Mr. Borden's latest film, Gerontophilia, has been acclaimed internationally and opens nationally on July 4th, 2014. 

    BRIAN LINDS (Boolie)
    For the Playhouse:  Debut appearance at 1000 Islands Playhouse.
    Elsewhere: Driving Miss Daisy -Boolie, August: Osage County-Charlie Aiken, The Patron Saint of Stanley Park-Skookum Pete, It’s A Wonderful Life-Uncle Billy (Arts Club), Brighton Beach Memoir-Jack, True West-Saul, Uncle Vanya-Telegin, Of Mice and Men-Candy, As You Like It-Touchstone (Blue Bridge Theatre) A Christmas Carol-Fezziwig, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee-Douglas Panche, Urinetown- Officer Barrel, Art-Yvan, (Belfry Theatre) Harvest- Allan, The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney-Perkins (Western Canada Theatre)
    Upcoming:  Brian is busy writing a one-man show combining his talents as a sound designer and actor using sound as a narrative tool. In the fall, he creates  the soundscape for a wordless rocket-ship adventure based on the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
    Other:  Brian is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and Studio 58.

    ASHLIE CORCORAN (Director)
    For the Playhouse: Artistic Director since November 1, 2012.  Director for Third FloorThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Salt-Water Moon. 
    Elsewhere:  As Director: The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/TarragonTheatre);The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia); Don Giovanni, Le Lauréat,Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters (The Glenn Gould School, RCM); The Brothers Grimm, Isis and The Seven Scorpions, Cinderella, The Bear (Canadian Opera Company); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre). As Artistic Producer & Director: Tiny Dynamite, Tijuana Cure, A Boy Called Newfoundland, The Ugly One (Theatre Smash). 
    Upcoming:  She Loves Me, Waiting for The Parade, The Ugly One (TIP), The Bremen Town Musicians (COC), Durango (Theatre Smash/fu-GEN Theatre).

    ALEXSANDRA MARZOCCA (Assistant Director)
    For the Playhouse:  Début – Driving Miss Daisy, Assistant Director
    Elsewhere:  The Ugly One, Assistant Director (Tarragon Theatre/Theatre Smash Co-Production), Much Ado About Nothing, Costume Designer (Shakespeare Bash’d), Tunnel Vision, Director (InspiraTO), The Fantasticks, Director/Costume Designer (Dalliance Theatre Company), Black Comedy, Director/Set Designer (Dalliance Theatre Company), Sweet Charity, Director (Blue Canoe Productions)
    Upcoming:  In Kabul, Director (InspiraTO)
    Other: I would like to thank Ashlie for another amazing opportunity to work with her!  I am thrilled to be at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, close to my old home; Kingston.  Thank-you to the cast, creative team, and everyone at T.I.P. for being so welcoming and teaching me so much throughout this process.   It has been a pleasure.     

    JUNG-HYE KIM (Set Designer) 
    For the Playhouse:Third Floor 
    Elsewhere: Minotaur (YPT); Pacamambo (Canadian Rep Theatre); Passion Play (Outside the March, Convergence Theatre and Sheep no Wool Production); The Biographer (Tango Co); Boblo (Kitchenband Production and the Theatre Centre, Dora nomination for Outstanding Set Design); Hiding Words (Eventual Ashes); Known to Police (Nomanzland with YPT), The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance with YPT); The Washing Machine (Next Stage Festival 2012); Pub Opera (Tapestry New Opera);After Akmatova (Tarragon Theatre); Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille and Groundwater Theatre, Dora nomination for Outstanding Costume Design); The Middle Place (Canstage, Project Humanity, Belfry Theatre, GCTC); The Big League (Young People’s Theatre); The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance); Offensive Foul (Theatre Direct, Dora nomination for outstanding TYA production). 
    Other: 2006 Siminovitch Prize Honorable mention for a New Young Designer.

    SEAN MULCAHY (Costume Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Suds! The Rocking 60's Musical Soap-Opera, Somewhere Beyond The Sea. 
    Elsewhere: Recently, The Importance of Being Earnest-set/costume, Mary Poppins!-costume, (Neptune Theatre); Maid for a Musket-costume, (SLSF); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story-set, (Rainbow Stage). 
    Upcoming: Into The Woods-costume, (Neptune Theatre). 
    Other: Awards: Guthrie, The Tom Patterson Award, Pride Toronto Award-Costume Design, 4 Nova Scotia Merritt nominations, (one awarded), 2011 Pauline McGibbon Award nominee (shortlist). Sean is a professional member of ADC and a graduate of York University. For additional info, www.seanmulcahydesign.com

    TIM FORT (Lighting Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Since 1990, Tim has designed lighting for more than 20 shows at TIP, including last summer’s “Suds”. 
    Elsewhere: Tim has directed more than 120 shows and designed more than 200 at theatres in both Canada and the U.S. He also serves as a professor in Queen’s Department of Drama where he teaches design, directing, theatre administration, and musical theatre. 
    Upcoming: In a few weeks, Tim begins his 27th season as a Producing Director at Vermont’s Weston Playhouse where he will be directing two musicals this summer. 
    Other: Tim is delighted to be working again with Ashlie – one of his favourite theatre artists – as well as all of his long-time friends at Gan. 

    ADAM HARENDORF (Sound Designer) 
    For the Playhouse: Third Floor. 
    Elsewhere: Alligator Pie, The Cherry Orchard (Soulpepper); Sweeney Todd, Elf – The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Jungle Book (Neptune); Lost In Yonkers, Visiting Mr. Green (HGJT);For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again (Festival Players of Prince Edward County); How To Succeed: A Tribute To Des McAnuff (RTS); Third Floor (SummerWorks); Fool For Love (Red One Theatre); Short Story Long (Best of Fringe); The Shepard Plays (Candles are for Burning).

    ISABELLE LY (Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Nine seasons, including Boeing Boeing, Little Shop of HorrorsTill It HurtsSummer of My Amazing LuckAnne and GilbertPerfect PieAnne of Green Gables
    Elsewhere: #legacy (Hatch at Harbourfront Centre), Infinity (Volcano workshop), Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre), Where the Blood Mixes (Western Canada Theatre | Theatre Aquarius), Palace of the End (Canadian Stage); The Eco ShowInsomnia (Necessary Angel); What Lies Before Us (Crow’s Theatre | Canadian Stage); Third FloorCanon in D Minor (Toronto SummerWorks Festival); Tom’s A-ColdIke and Pearl: A New Canadian Musical (Toronto Fringe Festival). 
    Upcoming: Driving Miss Daisy at Western Canada Theatre. 
    Other: Isabelle is a Toronto-based stage manager and graduate of the drama department at Queen’s University. She has worked in Marketing and PR for Soundstreams and the Luminato Festival in Toronto, and was most recently the Digital Media Associate with Nightwood Theatre. Isabelle is happy to be back in Gananoque working on another co-pro between two of her favourite companies! 

    KYLE BERES (Apprentice Stage Manager) 
    For the Playhouse:  The (Post) Mistress, Third Floor, The Clockmaker, Drowning Girls (Firehall Theatre); Salt Water Moon (Springer Theatre); House Technician: Bold Bright Stories (Firehall & Springer Theatres).
    Elsewhere: RED, Vigil, Blue/Orange, The Grandkid (Theatre Kingston), Voaden Playwriting Contest, Dust (Queen’s University Drama Department).
    Other: Kyle is a recent graduate of Queen’s University. She is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of artists, at such an amazing theatre.  She would like to say a special thank you to her family and friends for all that they have taught her and for the never ending support and encouragement. Enjoy the show!

  • Photos

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    Nicola Lipman, Walter Borden and Brian Linds. Photos by Jay Kopinski.


    Ashlie's Inside Story

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  • Reviews

     Worked perfectly from every perspective - Capital Critics Circle

    A funny, moving and very human play - North Country Public Radio. 4.5 stars

    Driving Miss Daisy: Film Takes Backseat to Playhouse’s Live Production - A Fresh News Start

    A heartwarming production - Kingston Whig Standard

     Preview Articles

    TI Playhouse Takes a Road Trip through Time with “Driving Miss Daisy” - A Fresh News Start

    "Driving Miss Daisy sure to be a crowd pleaser" - EMC Brockville

    "Borden can relate to chauffeur Hoke"The Kingston Whig

    "Playhouse to 'sign' matinee performance" - The Kingston Whig

    "Driving Miss Daisy Opens" - The Gananoque Reporter


    Video Sneak Peak of Driving Miss Daisy - Eastern Ontario Network

    Driving Miss Daisy opens the 2014 Season - TV Cogeco

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