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Driving Miss Daisy in Byron Center for one night in March

Preview January 31, 2016 Anne Kiley

The Neil Simon Festival will present Alfred Uhry’s masterpiece, Driving Miss Daisy featuring the stars of “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Dallas” Clarence Gilyard and Sheree J. Wilson. This humorous, warm-hearted play is scheduled to play at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center in Byron Center on Thursday, March 31st for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, Driving Miss Daisy is a study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety wealthy white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. Set between 1948 and 1973, the work is meant to illustrate the great social changes of the period through the evolving friendship of these two opposites. With race relations in the news almost daily these days, this masterpiece of a play becomes ever more poignant

The Neil Simon Festival presentation of this long-running Off-Broadway success and Academy Award-winning film, produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., brings together Clarence Gilyard, who played Chuck Norris’ Texas Ranger partner in the 1990s hit Walker, Texas Ranger and who co-starred with Andy Griffith in the 1980s crime drama Matlock, and Sheree J. Wilson, who played the lead female role of Alex Cahill in Walker, Texas Ranger and April Stevens for five season in the CBS hit Dallas.

Reserved seating is available. Adult tickets are $42.50, students are $22.50 (college and younger – may have to show student ID). Seats can be reserved in person at the box office or by calling (616) 878-6800, Monday through Friday 12 noon to 5 pm. Tickets are also available at www.vsfac.com. Group ticket discounts are available.

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