Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisywill be performed at Leach Theatre 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The performance will feature veteran actors Clarence Gilyard and Sheree J. Wilson.

The Neil Simon Festival production of "Driving Miss Daisy" will be performed at Leach Theatre in Rolla 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 as part of the 2019-2020 Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series.

The performance will feature veteran actors Clarence Gilyard and Sheree J. Wilson.

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, "Driving Miss Daisy" is a timeless, funny, and hopeful meditation on race relations in America. When 72-year-old Daisy Werthan, a Jewish widow living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends societal boundaries.

Wilson is best known for her role as April Stevens on the CBS mega-hit series “Dallas.” She later portrayed the lead female role of Alex Cahill in “Walker, Texas Ranger” opposite Chuck Norris. Wilson has also starred in and produced two feature films – Easy Rider: The Ride Back (a prequel to the cult favorite movie Easy Rider) and The Gundown.

Gilyard is best known for his roles as Jimmy Trivette on TV’s “Walker, Texas Ranger” and Conrad McMasters on “Matlock.” Gilyard is also known for such films as "Die Hard," "Top Gun," and "The Karate Kid Part II," along with numerous television roles as a character actor.

This performance is sponsored by Alpha Media, Bott Radio Network, Bob and Susan Hooper, Kathy Oliver, Phelps Health, and Sunny 104.5.

Tickets for Driving Miss Daisy can be purchased at the Leach Theatre box office at 400 West 10th Street in Rolla, by phone at (573) 341-4219, or online at leachtheatre.mst.edu.