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Mayor David Dinkins Joins “Driving Miss Daisy” Post-Show Talkback February 9

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New York, NY (02/08/2011) – Producers Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich announced today that former NYC Mayor David Dinkins will participate in Driving Miss Daisy’s series of Wednesday night post-performance talk-backs, celebrating Black History Month. Dinkins will join the line-up for the post-show discussion tomorrow (Wednesday, February 9), which also includes CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, and NYU Professor Martha Hodes. Driving Miss Daisy producer Jed Bernstein will moderate the conversation, which will center around the issues of race brought up in the play.

As previously announced, this series continues throughout the month, with talk-backs following all Wednesday evening performances. Upcoming guests include Harold Ford Jr. (February 16), Kathryn Stockett (February 23) and more. See below for a full schedule of participants.

The current smash hit revival of Driving Miss Daisy is now playing at the Golden Theatre, where it opened to rave reviews on October 25, 2010 and was recently extended through Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Alfred Uhry’s classic play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters. When Daisy Werthan (Vanessa Redgrave), a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son, Boolie (Boyd Gaines), hires Hoke Coleburn (James Earl Jones), 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 all the societal boundaries placed between them. From its landmark Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the remarkable success of the Oscar-winning film version (4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Driving Miss Daisy has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century.

The creative team of Driving Miss Daisy includes David Esbjornson (Director), John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Wendall K. Harrington (Projection Design), Christopher Cronin (Sound Design) and Mark Bennett (Music).

Driving Miss Daisy is produced on Broadway by Jed Bernstein, Adam Zotovich, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Roger Berlind, Beth Kloiber, Albert Nocciolino, Jon Platt, StylesFour Productions, Ruth Hendel/Shawn Emamjomeh, Larry Hirschhorn/Spring Sirkin, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergére, in association with Michael Filerman.

Driving Miss Daisy plays Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets ($66.50 – $131.50) are on sale via Telecharge.com and at the box office of the Golden Theatre. Student tickets (one ticket per ID, subject to availability) are available for day-of purchase at the box office for $26.50.

The full talk-back schedule is as follows:

Tomorrow, February 9
Moderator: Jed Bernstein, Producer of Driving Miss Daisy
Guest: David Dinkins, former New York City Mayor
Guest: Michelle Miller, CBS News Correspondent
Guest: Martha Hodes, New York University Professor
Guest: Dennis Walcott, NYC’s current Deputy Mayor

Wednesday, February 16
Moderator: Jed Bernstein, Producer of Driving Miss Daisy
Guest: Harold Ford, Jr., former U.S. Congressman and frequent “Morning Joe” contributor
Guest: Jennifer Morgan, New York University Professor

Wednesday, February 23
Moderator: Jed Bernstein, Producer of Driving Miss Daisy
Guest: Kathryn Stockett, Best-selling author of The Help
Guest: Jonathan Schorsch, Columbia University Professor


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