Summer Palace to Present ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ ‘Company’ at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — The 36th season of Pullman’s Summer Palace will feature three popular performances in July and August at Washington State University.

The summer series opens with the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Driving Miss Daisy” July 5-7 and 12-14. The heartwarming story centers on a proud, soft-spoken African-American man who is hired as chauffeur for an argumentative old Southern woman and becomes her most faithful companion. The 7:30 p.m. productions will take place in Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theatre.

Also on the palace’s summer schedule is the musical “Winnie the Pooh,” set for July 19-22. The ageless favorite featuring the original A.A. Milne characters and timeless stories will delight both children and adults. Productions will be held in Daggy Hall’s Wadleigh Theatre. Show time is 7:30 p.m. July 19-21, with two matinees at 2 p.m. July 21 and 22.

The summer theater will end the 2001 season with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning “Company: A Musical Comedy.” “Company” follows five wealthy couples living in a Manhattan apartment complex and the overly protective feelings they have for their bachelor friend, whom they are anxious to rush down the wedding aisle. Time Magazine described “Company” as a landmark musical. The 7:30 p.m. performances are July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4 at Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theatre.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $4 for students. Season ticket Dramacards can be purchased at the Daggy Hall box office, 509/335-7236, after June 11 or anytime by mail by contacting Summer Palace managing director George Caldwell, 509/335-5682.