Driving Miss Daisy Comes to the Outer Banks
Just because you're vacationing on the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina doesn't mean you have to give up an evening out on the town. There are many ways to have night out on the town whether it's dinner at your favorite OBX restaurant and show, a live concert followed by a nightcap at a local hot spot, or staying in for dinner and making the most of your vacation rental kitchen followed by any of the above-mentioned cultural delights.
Where can you find culturally rich, arts-centered experiences and during your Outer Banks beach vacation? As mentioned in a previous Elan Vacations blog post, we highly recommend looking at the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts to see who's on the performance lineup for the year. The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series is another amazing venue for the visual, literary and performing arts here on the OBX.
Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series on the OBX
Founded in 2012 the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series grew from a desire by former Nags Head Mayor and retired Air Force Colonel Don Bryan and his wife Kay to make the Outer Banks a cultural center for locals and visitors alike. The Bryans convened a small group to discuss how best to achieve their goal. This group became the board of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.
Starting with their first event in 2013 the Bryan Cultural Series has entertained and educated thousands of locals and visitors alike. From Pulitzer Prize winning authors to poets, painters and pianists the Bryan Cultural Series has continued to bring events of the highest quality to the Outer Banks that attract an audience of locals and out of town guests.
2015 also saw the Bryan Cultural Series engage two major partners. Along with the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts the Series brought the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players to the First Flight High School stage for two performances of The Pirates of Penzance. The Series also partnered with the Outer Banks Patrons of the Arts to host a concert by renowned pianist Soyean Kate Lee. Other highlights of the year included a return visit by author McCullough and a performance by former Martha Graham principal dance Christine Dakin.
Off-Broadway Play "Driving Miss Daisy"
Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, Alfred Uhrey's masterpiece "Driving Miss Daisy" is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. This poignant play touches on timeless themes such as race, prejudices, friendship, family, fears and the emotional human connection. (You may be familiar with the 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name, which also garnered high praise.)
The Bryan Cultural Series presentation of this long-running Off-Broadway success and Academy Award-winning film, produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., brings together two of TV’s most beloved co-stars: Clarence Gilyard, who played Chuck Norris’ Texas Ranger partner in the 1990s hit show Walker, Texas Ranger and who co-starred with Andy Griffith in the 1980s crime drama Matlock.
"Driving Miss Daisy" is scheduled for Tuesday evening, February 16 with showtime at 7:30p.m. at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased locally at Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, Downtown Books in Manteo, Grays Department Store in Kitty Hawk, and Sea Green Gallery in Nags Head. Or you can buy your "Driving Miss Daisy" tickets online for your convenience.
What the Critics Have to Say
"The play is sweet without being mawkish, ameliorative, without being sanctimonious.” —NY Times.
"…a perfectly poised and shaped miniature on the odd-couple theme.” —NY Post. "Playwrights Horizons has a winner in this one…gives off a warm glow of humane affirmation.” —Variety.
"DRIVING MISS DAISY is a total delight.” —NY Daily News
There you have it. A perfect night out on the OBX town! Make plans with that someone special or get a group of friends together and make a night of it. Enjoy the show!
Do you have your tickets for the Off-Broadway "Driving Miss Daisy" on the Outer Banks?