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Almost, Maine

By John Cariani; Directed by Reeni Lindblom Dowd

February 3-19, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Performed in 35below. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

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Constellations

By Nick Payne; Produced and directed by Jason Williams

June 2-18, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Performed in 35below. Roland, a beekeeper and Marianne, a physicist, meet at a barbecue and hit it off, or do they? Perhaps in one universe things will work out well for the couple, while simultaneously in another they won’t. Nick Payne’s Tony Nominated Constellations explores relationships, love, and loss amidst the quantum multiverse.

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Costume Drama: A Fashion Show

Friday, July 7, 2017

For the sixth year in a row, Asheville Community Theatre will hold their annual event Costume Drama: A Fashion Show, Asheville’s most unique fashion show. This eclectic evening of inventive fashion has quickly become one of the highlights of the Asheville event calendar and sells out every year! Local designers compete for cash prizes in this Project Runway-esque show, and proceeds from tickets benefit the theatre.

Costume Drama: A Fashion Show will be held Friday, July 7 at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets and VIP Packages will go on sale soon.

2017 Design Categories: Light, Paper, Ribbon, Trashion

For Designers:
2017 Official Rules
Registration Form

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

By Rajiv Joseph; Directed by Jeff Catanese

July 14-July 30, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Performed in 35below. Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company. A poignant comedy, Gruesome Playground Injuries follows Kayleen and Doug’s odd connection as they find a certain kinship in a series of life-altering calamities. Shouldn’t every great love story leave permanent scars? Written by the award-winning author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

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Listen To This

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

Usually the last Thursday of the month!

7:30 pm

Performed in 35below. There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life,” Listen to This is an evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme (past shows have featured stories about everything from gluttony to mistaken identity). Real people. Real stories. Real good times.

March 23, 2017: “Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned: Failing to Heed the Red Flags” with writer Kim Winter Mako, comedian Joe Shelton, storyteller Todd Lester, musician Jeff Thompson, Rod-of-all-trades Rod Murphy, and host Tom Chalmers!

April 27, 2017: “Going Gotham: Acting Crazy to Avoid Circumstance”

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Peter and the Starcatcher

A Play by Rick Elice; Music by Wayne Barker; Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; Directed by Chanda Calentine

March 30-April 15, 2017

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Performed at the Carol Belk Theatre on the UNC Asheville campus. This show never stops flying! Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Featuring 13 actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters – including the precocious Molly and the fearsome Black Stache – Peter and the Starcatcher is a playful and witty story of heroes and heroines, bravery and loyalty, and love and friendship. It will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight! A co-production with the UNC Asheville Drama Dept.

A “blissful exercise in make-believe … [it] celebrates the leap of faith that occurs when we tell and believe improbable tales” – NY Times

“This new play about our hero of old, this boy Peter, resonates with us all. I see the characters emerging out of our island, our Neverland. Wendy has not yet appeared. Instead, we have Molly, our hero, in a time before girls were encouraged to be heroes… [and] we have a feral creature, bent low from incessant beating, afraid of his own shadow—the nameless boy at the center of our story. How ironic that he learns what it is to be a man over the course of our play, when he’s destined to stay a boy forever.” – Playwright Rick Elice

UNC Asheville Campus Map

Driving Directions to Belk Theatre

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives the show a movie rating of PG and advises parents to consider whether or not to bring young children.

Adult Language

Lots of witticisms and puns, but nothing that would make you cover the ears!

Violence

Staged sword fighting (not with swords) and other pirate-y behavior.

RTS: All My Sons

By Arthur Miller; Directed by Deborah Austin

May 26-28, 2017

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

This powerful drama focuses on the anguish of a family whose oldest son, an army pilot, has been reported missing-in-action during World War II, and whose father, a successful, self-made manufacturer, is suspected of having knowingly sold defective airplane parts for the war effort. Presented as a part of the Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: All Over

By Edward Albee; Directed by Anita Chapman

April 28-30, 2017

All performances at 2:30 pm; Friday and Saturday performances at 35below, Sunday performance at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus.

In this poignant drama, a family keeps vigil at the deathbed of a rich and famous public figure.  As pressmen wait outside for news to break, wife, mistress, adult children and best friend reminisce and bicker about the thwarted expectations, betrayals, and unresolved conflicts in their relationships with the dying man. Presented as a part of the Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: Bus Stop

By William Inge; Directed by RoseLynn Katz

February 24-26, 2017

All performances at 2:30 pm; Friday and Saturday performances at 35below, Sunday performance at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus.

When their bus gets stuck in a Kansas snowstorm, an assortment of quintessentially mid-western characters from the 1950s become stranded in a diner, gradually letting down their guards to real their private dreams and secrets. Bo, a cowboy, comically pursues Cherie, a honky tonk singer who wants nothing to do with him, an unemployed professor has a drinking problem that is the least of his worries, and the good-hearted owner of the diner enjoys an encounter with the bus driver. Presented as a part of the Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: Outlander

By Gary Carden; Directed by Marianne Lyon

March 24-26, 2017

All performances at 2:30 pm; Friday and Saturday performances at 35below, Sunday performance at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus.

A piece of Smoky Mountain history will come to the stage again in an encore reader’s theatre presentation of Outlander, written by award-winning storyteller Gary Carden, with mountain music by William Ritter. The play tells the story of the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and deals with the controversies and conflicts between longtime mountain residents and the “outsiders” who advocated preservation through establishment of national park lands. Presented as a part of the Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: The Hollow

By Agatha Christie; Directed by Marianne Lyon

August 18-20, 2017

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Complete with generous dashes of humor, this classic who-done-it takes us into a British manor house filled with a medley of weekend guests. When a murder is committed, it becomes clear that any number of those present have every good reason to have killed the two-timing victim. Presented as a part of the Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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Shrek, Jr.

Directed by Marci Bernstein

April 21-23, 2017

Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm

Shrek, JR is performed by our Youth Production Class and will be performed at UNC Asheville.

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

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Songs for a New World

Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown; Produced and directed by Mark Jones

March 3-19, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Performed in 35below. It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs For A New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges Of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.

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The ACT Lobby Gallery

The ACT Lobby Gallery showcases an array of works by local artists and is curated by Sara LeDonne. The Lobby Gallery will reopen in August 2017 after the Mainstage renovations have been completed.

Tuesday – Friday from 10-4 and before curtain on show days.

For more information about future exhibits or having your work exhibited contact Sara LeDonne.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Directed by Bradshaw Call

March 17-19, 2017

Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is performed by our Youth Production Class and will be performed at the Carol Belk Theatre at UNC Asheville.

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into an exciting and never-to-be-forgotten world. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Here’s a map to the Carol Belk Theatre!

Parking Instructions/Driving Directions to the Carol Belk Theatre

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The Producers

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks; Directed by Jerry Crouch

August 18-September 10, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

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The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. Based on the 1968 film.

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The Realistic Joneses

By Will Eno; Directed by Elissa Peragine

May 5-21, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Performed in 35below. Meet the Joneses, and their new neighbors the Joneses. They discuss their lives. Their relationships intertwine. They discover the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. Like a sitcom from a weird, melancholy world, “plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses do not appear often… Or ever, really” (The New York Times).

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This is Our Youth

By Kenneth Lonergan; Directed by Robert Dale Walker

March 31-April 16, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Performed in 35below. Produced by The Actor’s Center of Asheville. Penned by Pulitzer prize nominated playwright Kenneth Lonergan, This is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young souls living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the dawn of the Reagan era. Funny, painful, and compassionate, the play provides a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood.

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