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DRIVING MISS DAISY: Ronnie Pepper (Hoke) and Pamela Gilmer (Daisy) will star in Asheville Community Theatre's upcoming production of the Broadway play.

Asheville Community Theatre will stage Driving Miss Daisy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Alfred Uhry. Set mostly in Atlanta, just prior to the Civil Rights Movement, Driving Miss Daisy shares the story of the relationship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, over the span of 25 years.

From the press release: “Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of 72, is informed by her son Boolie that he has hired a chauffeur for her: an African-American man named Hoke. In a series of scenes that spans from 1948 to 1973, Daisy and Hoke grow ever closer to and more dependent on each other – and they both come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible.”

This show marks the ACT debuts for two of the three stars: Hendersonville resident Ronnie Pepper (Hoke) and Pamela Gilmer (Daisy), who splits her time between Virginia and North Carolina. Rounding out the cast is ACT veteran Michael Boulos as Boolie.

The play will run at Asheville Community Theatre Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 17. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $22/adults, $19/seniors/students and $12/kids 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased online on the ACT website, by phone or in person at the ACT box office located at 35 East Walnut St. For tickets and more information, visit










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