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‘How I Learned to Drive’ at ASU

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Article Published: Oct. 27, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 27, 2011

Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “How I Learned to Drive,” in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus.

This thought-provoking tale for mature audiences runs two weeks, with performances Nov. 3 to 5 and Nov. 10 to 12 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $6 for Appalachian students. For more information, visit or call the box office at (828) 262-3063.

The story chronicles a relationship that, on the surface, society would consider inappropriate. Yet the audience is told the plot in such a genuine way, it is difficult to see an antagonist on stage.

With interludes from a Greek chorus, visual projections and detailed monologues from the main characters, the play’s twisted tale of incest, control, misogyny and pedophilia comes together in a unique performance that uncovers the true complexity of relationships.

This seniors-only cast is directed by lecturer Anna Ward, who believes the play’s strength comes in its refusal to pass simple judgment on a complex subject matter and instead engages directly with issues of sexuality and manipulation in the complexity of relationships.

Boone resident Ariel Nicastro, who plays Lil’ Bit, has dealt with dramatic roles before in “Stop Kiss” and “Still Life with Iris,” showing her ability to handle sensitive subject matter with tasteful style.

Joseph Watson, who portrays Uncle Peck, who honed his skills with challenging roles in Appalachian’s “Metamorphoses” and “Stop Kiss,” now has the challenging job of revealing the depth of a character whose relationship boundaries are blurred.

Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by phone at (828) 262-3063.

Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $8 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $10 for adults. More information is available online at

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side. The door faces the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building. Parking on campus is available after 5 p.m. in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m. and the Rivers Street parking deck.

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