Michael Torrey makes his MCT debut in DRIVING MISS DAISY as Hoke Coleburn. Past Milwaukee appearances include “MASTER HAROLD” …and the boys at Next Act Theatre and A MIDNIGHT CRY, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE at First Stage Children’s Theater. A Chicago resident, Michael has performed with numerous Chicago companies and other regional theatres.
To gain further insights about Michael, we asked him a few questions about himself and his upcoming performance as Hoke.
Please tell us how or why you first got involved in theatre?
I had done a play in high school and a friend's mother was the leading acting coach in town and she offered to work with me after seeing the play. A few years later I took her up on her offer and the rest they say is history.
Tell us about your first time reading or seeing DRIVING MISS DAISY.
I don't really remember the first time I read or saw "Driving Miss Daisy" but I have had the experience of playing the role of Hoke before. I remember reading the story in preparation and being moved by a truly well written and poignant story.
From your perspective, how would you describe your character, Hoke?
A man of quiet grace, dignity and gentleness.
Was it difficult for you to learn a southern accent?
Not really. The play is written to help you with Hoke's speech pattern and it didn't hurt that I grew up in the south.
Do you have a favorite Hoke quote?
Many times during the play people inquire into Hoke's personal business (i.e. finances) and he always, politely refutes it with “Dat for me and him to know."
Lastly, what message do you hope the audience takes from this play?
Through it all we are all really the same and you never know when certain people enter into your life the profound effect that they will have on you. Stay open to the possibilities.
Thank you Michael! We're looking forward to the show!