Driving Miss Daisy into Oz
Driving Miss Daisy is a heart-warming and ingenious play that tells the story of Daisy Werthan (Lansbury), a widowed elderly Jewish woman in Atlanta whose son employs Hoke Colburn (Jones), an African American chauffeur, to drive her around. The play follows the evolution of their friendship over 25 years in the context of the civil rights movements.
The storyline explores their condition as outsiders in a WASP-dominated society for being Jewish -Miss Daisy- and African American -Colburn. Both characters come from different worlds in terms of social classes, but as the years roll on, their friendship blossoms, they move past prejudice and their own differences, and learn to rely on each other.
The play was the first in Uhry's Atlanta Trilogy, which deals with white Jewish residents of that city in the early 20th century. The story inspired the beloved Oscar-winning film Driving Miss Daisy from 1989 with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.