The Main Street Players are set to present “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry Friday through Sunday and Oct. 11 through 13.
Diane Perez of Douglasville, who plays the lead role of Daisy, said the play is not like the 1989 movie which starred Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. There are scenes in the play that are not in the movie, she said.
In the play version there are only three characters, said Carol Fuller, who is the director, set designer and sound designer of the play.
She added a fourth character who has a walk-on role.
“You’re going to hear a lot of the same dialogue,” Fuller said.
The story follows a 25-year relationship between a Southern white lady and her black chauffeur, Hoke, and how they are able to form a friendship.
“It is a transition of the heart,” Fuller said.
Fuller, 61, grew up in the time of segregation which she said “gives me a point of reference.”
Perez said Fuller’s knowledge has helped her. This is Perez’s first play.
“I really didn’t even think about it being the lead,” she said.
Fuller said none of the actors in the play have had an extensive acting background.
Perez, 46, said the other women who tried out were closer to Daisy’s age, which is the 70s, but for Perez the role just clicked.
The message of the play is still able to resonate with people, she said.
Perez said, “My hopes are to see families come in [to see the play].”
Fuller said, “I think the story is ageless.”
Fuller and Perez both said the play would not be possible without the work of the entire cast and crew.
Others in the cast include Mercier Bobb as Hoke, Joshua Prentice as Boolie and Elizabeth Turner as the nurse.
Tickets are $12 and $10 for those 62 and older, children, students, military and groups of 10 or more. The play is about an hour and 20 minutes long.
Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday shows start at 3 p.m.
For more information about the show call (678) 363-0813 or visit dallastheater-civicenter.com.