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Family drama ‘Mother Hicks’ presented Oct. 5-9



Article Published: Sep. 29, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 9, 2011
Family drama ‘Mother Hicks’ presented Oct. 5-9

ASU’s production of ‘Mother Hicks,’ which includes American Sign Language in its storytelling, will be presented Oct. 5-9 in Valborg Theatre on campus.

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Mysterious events are happening in the town of Ware, Ill. – is the whole town hexed?

“Mother Hicks,” produced by the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance, is a powerful tale brought to life at the state-of-the-art Valborg Theatre.

Performances are Oct. 5 to 8 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 9.

Set in the midst of the American Great Depression of the 1930s, this production by award-winning playwright Suzan Zeder centers on three characters: Tuc, a deaf boy, portrayed by sophomore Will Allan; an orphan girl searching for her family, played by Kelli Letner; and the title character, Mother Hicks, a mysterious lone woman living on the outskirts of town, played by graduate student Abby Suggs.

Director and professor Teresa Lee, well known as the artistic director of the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre, describes “Mother Hicks” as “a wonderful story told through the magic of theater,” using prose, poetry and American Sign Language, rendering it a “living, breathing folk song for all ages.”

Ticket prices begin at $6 for students and are available at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 5 p.m., by phone at (828) 262-3063 and online at http://www.theatre.appstate.edu.

Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street in Boone. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons.

For more information, visit http://www.theatre.appstate.edu or call the box office at (828) 262-3063.

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