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Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen; Book by Hunter Bell; Directed by Mark Jones; Music direction by Rob Blackwell

July 15 – August 7, 2022

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

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry, the pair decide to write a musical about writing a musical. [title of show]  – taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the “[title of show]” – is a love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration.

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Clue

By Sandy Rustin; Directed by Jeff Catanese

October 15-November 7, 2021

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

Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn; Additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price; Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture; Based on the Hasbro board game Clue; Original Music by Michael Holland

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’re invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Please come prepared to wear a mask for the entire performance. Masking requirements may change based on the recommendation of federal and/or state health officials; please check our most up-to-date masking policy.

Show Information:

Cast: John Adams, Adam Arthur, Tiffanie Boone, Mash Hes, Joshua Kerber, Adam Lentini, Travis Lowe, Jenna MacIntyre, Cameron Mussar, Cary Nichols, Kathy O’Connor, Sharon Taylor

Approximate run time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Digital Playbill: Click here to access

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

October 22-24, 2021: Audio Described Performances; Description provided by DASI (Descriptive Audio for the Sight Impaired)

October 30, 2021: ASL-Interpreted Performance

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Fight Girl Battle World

By Qui Nguyen; Directed by Josh Batenhorst

March 11-27, 2022

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

This sci-fi spectacular blends stage combat, puppetry, and multi-media to create a uniquely cinematic experience for the stage! Set in a futuristic universe where humanity is nearly non-existent, Fight Girl revolves around E-V, a hardnosed prizefighter and the last known female human in the galaxy. Amidst the aliens and the androids, E-V must fight to keep the human race from being completely obliterated in this “delicious intergalactic theatrical space ride.”

COVID policies:

Note: All performances will require all audience members to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

For Friday and Saturday performances of Fight Girl Battle World, all patrons ages 5 and older will be required to show EITHER proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 OR proof of a negative lab-conducted PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 48 hours of the performance.

Thursday and Sunday performances will not require proof of vaccination or negative tests. Please be prepared for a temperature check and a COVID questionnaire before entering the theatre.

For more information on ACT’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, please click here.

Show Information:

Cast: Michelle Palau, Jon Robinson, Alec Shull, Ariel Robinson, Brendan Nickerson, Will Storrs, Blaine Weiss, Jessica Gift, Cassie Marcelo, Scott Cameron, Victoria Chay, and Joshua Kerber

Approximate run time: 100 minutes with no intermission

Press Release
Director’s Notes

Digital Playbill: Click here!

Reviews: Read the Asheville Stages review

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

March 18-20, 2022: Audio Described Performances; Description provided by DASI (Descriptive Audio for the Sight Impaired)

March 24, 2022: ASL-Interpreted Performance

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Audience Guidelines

ACT gives Fight Girl Battle World a rating of PG-13 for adult language, space violence, and some sexual discussion.

Listen To This

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

May 26, 2022

Thursday at 7:30 pm

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.

Masks are required for all audience members. Read all of ACT’s COVID policies.

Thursday, May 26th at 7:30 pm
Pythons and Spiders and Bears, Oh My! – True-life Tales of Wild Wildlife Encounters; Featuring stories by Lauren Fortuna, Todd Lester, Milly Morrow, and Michele Scheve & Matt Mittan.

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RTS: An Inspector Calls

By J. B. Priestley; Directed by Margaret Crowell

March 18-20, 2022

All performances at 2:30 pm

Friday and Saturday performances are held at Asheville Community Theatre; Sunday performances are held at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA. 

An Inspector Calls is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

Cast: Robert Howard, Brent Schlueter, Walter Goodrich, Terry Darakjy, Susan Mengel, Jerre Bolnick, and Ellen Pappas

A celebratory dinner is interrupted when an Inspector comes to call at the house of the upper middle class Birling family. His persistent questioning regarding the death of a young working class factory worker unleashes a torrent of unexpected revelations. The disparity between the haves and the have nots is as relevant today as it was in 1912 when this socially conscious mystery, complete with a surprise ending, was set.

Please note:
For performances at Asheville Community Theatre, audiences will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building. Any audience member(s) not willing to wear a mask will be asked to leave and their ticket(s) will be refunded. Read ACT’s full COVID policies.

**Reuter Center at UNCA has different COVID policies than ACT, including that audience members must attest to being vaccinated in addition to wearing a mask. Please check the OLLIAsheville/UNCA website for updated venue policies.**

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RTS: Harvey

By Mary Chase; Directed by Marianne Lyon

February 11-13, 2022

All performances at 2:30 pm

Friday and Saturday performances are held on the Mainstage at Asheville Community Theatre; Sunday performances are held at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA. 

Harvey is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

Genial, mild mannered Elwood P. Dowd has a special friend in Harvey, a large and gentle rabbit whom only he can see and hear. Utterly mortified, his social climbing sister tries to have him committed to a mental institution, but her plans go hilariously awry in this beloved American Classic.

Please note:
For performances at Asheville Community Theatre, audiences will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building. Any audience member(s) not willing to wear a mask will be asked to leave and their ticket(s) will be refunded. Read ACT’s full COVID policies.

**Reuter Center at UNCA has different COVID policies than ACT, including that audience members must attest to being vaccinated in addition to wearing a mask. Please check the OLLIAsheville/UNCA website for updated venue policies.**

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RTS: On Golden Pond

By Ernest Thompson; Directed by RoseLynn Katz

December 17-19, 2021

All performances at 2:30 pm

Friday and Saturday performances are held at Asheville Community Theatre; Sunday performances are held at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA. 

On Golden Pond is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

Only Ethel has found the key to humoring and being supportive of her husband, Norman, a disagreeable and difficult retiree. When their grown daughter, Chelsea, visits them at their vacation cabin on beautiful Golden Pond along with her new fiance’ Billy Ray, and his son Billy Ray Jr., she hopes that Billy Ray Jr. and Norman will bond. As for Chelsea, she tries to repair the long strained relationship she’s had with her aging father before it’s too late.

Please note:
For performances at Asheville Community Theatre, audiences will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building. Any audience member(s) not willing to wear a mask will be asked to leave and their ticket(s) will be refunded. Read ACT’s full COVID policies.

**Reuter Center at UNCA has different COVID policies than ACT, including that audience members must attest to being vaccinated in addition to wearing a mask. Please check the OLLIAsheville/UNCA website for updated venue policies.**

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RTS: The Heiress

By Ruth and Augustus Goetz; Directed by Anita Chapman

May 19-20 and 22, 2022

Thursday and Friday at 1:00 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm

Thursday and Friday performances are held at Asheville Community Theatre; Sunday performances are held at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA. 

The Heiress is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

Suggested by Henry James’ novel Washington Square, The Heiress is a provocative period drama following Catherine Sloper, a wealthy woman who is plain-looking and socially inept woman who is courted by a handsome and charming but penniless suitor. Catherine’s father immediately suspects the man is only interested in Catherine’s inheritance, and vows to write her out of his will if she marries the suitor. 

Cast: LuAnn Bolnick, Brent Schlueter, Alexandra McPherson, Mary Ann Heinen, Deborah Lonon, Jerre Bolnick, Marcela Schlueter, Jim Beaudin, and Terry Darakjy

Please note:
For performances at Asheville Community Theatre, audiences will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building. Any audience member(s) not willing to wear a mask will be asked to leave and their ticket(s) will be refunded. Read ACT’s full COVID policies.

**Reuter Center at UNCA has different COVID policies than ACT. Please check the OLLIAsheville/UNCA website for updated venue policies.**

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RTS: The Outsider

By Paul Slade Smith; Directed by Elliot Weiner

November 19-21, 2021

All performances at 2:30 pm

NOTE: ALL performances for The Outsider are held on the Mainstage at Asheville Community Theatre

The Outsider is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

Thank goodness this could never happen: An elected Governor is thrown out of office because of his sexual shenanigans — and the political gurus want to install an easily manipulated buffoon? Paul Slade Smith’s non-partisan, hilarious political satire takes on that challenge – and gives us hope! Be prepared for a carnival ride of big laughs!

Starring LuAnn Bolnick, Joe Scully, Julianne Arnall, Kermit Brown, Jerre’ Bolnick, Melody Hockley, and Donald Beck.

Please note:
For performances at Asheville Community Theatre, audiences will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building. Any audience member(s) not willing to wear a mask will be asked to leave and their ticket(s) will be refunded. Read ACT’s full COVID policies.

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Spotlight: Celebrating Susan Harper

Directed by Mark Jones; Hosted by Tom Chalmers

June 4, 2022

Saturday at 7:30 pm

She wasn’t always in the spotlight but the stage wouldn’t shine without her!

Susan Harper led Asheville Community Theatre for many years as Executive Director. During her tenure, ACT produced more than 300 shows, and saw everything from a large scale theatre renovation to a pandemic that shut the world down. Join ACT in celebrating Susan during a night of musical acts from The Producers, Spamalot, Footloose, and more!


Show-only ticket – $30.00  |  VIP ticket – $100.00

VIP ticket includes a catered pre-show reception with Susan from 6:00-6:45 pm, complimentary wine or beer, and access to the designated VIP seating section during the show. 

All proceeds benefit ACT’s Education Programs.

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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.

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


Current Exhibit


Photography by Eric Perkins

“The key to my work is that I stopped, physically, to observe something. I raised my camera and recorded my observations.” – Julius Shulman

Eric Perkins is a man of many values and continued determination. Devoted to photography and the arts from an early age, Eric attended NYU as a film major and continued his education at UNC-Greensboro, and The New School in New York City.

Moving to New York City in the early 70’s Mr. Perkins worked for 23 years as business manager to the preeminent fashion photographer, Francesco Scavullo. This collaboration resulted in his authorship of seven published books, mostly focusing on fashion modeling and health & fitness. Other management positions followed, culminating in his move to Asheville, NC in 2016 to further pursue his photography and other business ventures.

Instagram: @ericperkinsphoto
website: ericperkins.smugmug.com

The Asheville View LIVE!

May 28, 2022

Saturday at 11:00 am

The Asheville View is a daytime-style talk web series hosted by Aisha Adams, Kirby Winner, Myriam Weber, Tina White, and Kahlani Jackson. The show serves as a morning cup of coffee for equity advocates across the South.

Known for their edgy content, style, and witty banter, the show hosts share the grit of all things diversity, equity, and inclusion in true Asheville style. The Asheville View is produced by Aisha Adams Media.

Local vendors will also be onsite. Sponsors for the event are GrindFest, Equity Over Everything, Asheville Pro Lash, and Blue Ridge Pride.


This event is FREE to attend. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Masks are required for all audience members while in the Mainstage auditorium, regardless of vaccination status.

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The Giver

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry; Directed by Michael Jorizzo

April 29-May 22, 2022

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

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, she is chosen for special training from The Giver — to receive and keep the memories of the community. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life — and discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

COVID policies:

Note: All performances will require all audience members to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information on ACT’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, please click here.

Show Information:

Cast: Davey Mills, Denise Lockett, Paige Gorczynski, Sarah Elizabeth Haga, Patrick Lennon, Tedi Rollins, Madison Brightwell, and Richard Blue

Approximate run time: 1 hr, 20 minutes. The Giver will be performed without an intermission.

Digital Playbill: View digital playbill

Study Guide: Check out our digital study guide

Content warning: There are moments throughout this production depicting instances of extreme starvation, gun violence, themes of suicide, and acts of warfare.

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

May 7-8, 2022: Audio Described Performances; Description provided by DASI (Descriptive Audio for the Sight Impaired)

ASL-Interpreted Performance: May 14, 2022

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Audience Guidelines

Content warning: There are moments throughout this production depicting instances of extreme starvation, gun violence, themes of suicide, and acts of warfare.

The Narrative

January 13, 2022

Thursday at 7:30 pm

Like a book club, but we’re reading plays!

Read the script(s) in advance, then come and discuss! Tickets are free and open to all, but please reserve a spot in our online meet up!

Thursday, January 13, 2022 * 7:30 pm

We’re reading: The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney + Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Discussion hosted and moderated by Ria Young

Check out a script at:

  • ACT Box Office: 35 E Walnut St, Asheville 28801 — (828) 254-1320
  • Noir Collective: 39 S Market St Suite C, Asheville 28801 — (828) 484-2323
  • Or, if you’d prefer to purchase your own (hard copy or e-copy), click here.

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Transition

Written and directed by Maria C. Young

April 1-3, 2022

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

The tumultuous world of college athletics can strip one of all normalcy and self identity. Mali, a collegiate basketball star, is trying to navigate her sudden want to withdraw from the limelight and walk into the light of who she truly is; the problem is, she doesn’t know who that is. Transition tells the story of her life, her acceptance, her trials, and most importantly, her triumphs. Will the journey break her, or will she emerge stronger than ever, ready to conquer life and all it brings?

COVID policies:

All performances will require all audience members to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information on ACT’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, please click here.

Show Information:

Cast: Kasia Maatafale, Kirby Gibson, Naimah Coleman, Ronald “Leo Era” Hedd

Approximate run time: 90 minutes including an intermission.

Meet the Cast

Press Release

Transition Featured on The Asheville View

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

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Audience Guidelines

Transition contains strong language.

YPC: The Giver – High School Cast

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry; Directed by Amanda Klinikowski

May 14-15, 2022

Saturday at 2:30 pm and Sunday at 6:30 pm

Note: This version of The Giver features a cast of high school students from our Tanglewood Youth Production Class.

About the show: Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver — to receive and keep the memories of the community. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life — and discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

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YPC: The Giver – Middle School Cast

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry; Directed by Michael Jorizzo

May 21-22, 2022

Saturday at 2:30 pm and Sunday at 6:30 pm

Note: This version of The Giver features a cast of middle school students from our Tanglewood Youth Production Class.

About the show: Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver — to receive and keep the memories of the community. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life — and discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

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