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Bat Boy: The Musical

Book by: Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming; Music and Lyrics by: Laurence O’Keefe

July 21 - August 6, 2023

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

A rock musical, Bat Boy: The Musical expands on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News tabloid story about a bat boy – half-boy, half-bat – found in a cave and forced into society. The musical – at turns both haunting and hilarious – deals with themes of racism and revenge, hypocrisy and forgiveness. This darkly quirky, compelling musical is not to be missed!

Content Warning: Bat Boy: the Musical contains violence, drug use, and sexual references. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

Saturday, Aug 5, 2023: ASL-Interpreted Performance

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Bright Star

Music, Book, & Story by Steve Martin; Music, Lyrics, & Story by Edie Brickell

April 21 - May 14, 2023

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

Set in our very own Blue Ridge Mountains, Bright Star tells the story of Alice at two different points in her life: as a young girl in the mountains, and 22 years later as the well-to-do editor of a successful Asheville magazine. A serendipitous encounter inspires Alice to face her past, and a stunning realization changes her life forever. Bright Star is based on the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass album, Love Has Come for You, and centers particularly on the song “Iron Mountain Baby.” Be sure to listen also for the song with our namesake – “Asheville”!

Content Warning: Bright Star contains swearing, language that some may find blasphemous, incidental drinking and smoking, and kidnapping.

 

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

Saturday, May 6, 2023: ASL-Interpreted Performance

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Elf The Musical

Book by: Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin; Music by: Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by: Chad Beguelin; Directed by: Jeff Catanese

December 2 - December 18, 2022

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, and Thursday December 15 at 7:30 pm

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to live joyfully in community as he finds and shares his true identity. Elf The Musical is full of cheer with bright costumes, jolly dancing, and show-stopping songs. This heartwarming holiday tale dazzles and delights all ages!

 

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

Saturday, Dec 17, 2022: ASL-Interpreted Performance

Dec 10 and Dec 11, 2022: Descriptive Audio for the Sight Impaired (DASI)

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Listen To This

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

Next date: October 27, 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.

Stay tuned for the next theme and performers!

Masks are recommended but not required for audience members. Read all of ACT’s COVID policies.

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Native Gardens

By: Karen Zacarías

February 10 - February 26, 2023

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

Tania, a very pregnant PHD candidate, and Pablo, her high-powered lawyer husband, realize the American dream when they buy a house with a backyard in Washington, DC. Living next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank is great – until a disagreement arises over a long-standing fence line between their homes. The conflict spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. With witty humor and engaging real-life drama, Native Gardens showcases conflict – and the worst and best ways to work it out!

Content Warning: Native Gardens contains mature themes, depictions of smoking, pregnancy/childbirth, microaggressions, and discussions of racism.

 

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

Saturday, Feb 25, 2023: ASL-Interpreted Performance

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Our Town

By: Thornton Wilder; Directed by: Robert Arleigh White

September 30 - October 16, 2022

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

Our Town tells a story of life – from birth to love to death – that we can all relate to. Next-door families, the Gibbs and the Webbs, and their tight-knit small town, experience love and loss as they face the realities of life’s inevitable changes.

ACT gives this American classic a fresh approach and contemporary design to reflect our own town of Asheville, North Carolina today: how we look and sound, how we work and play, how we live and die. Come celebrate Our Town and heed the reminder to appreciate life’s most precious moments – the ones we spend with each other!

View the PLAYBILL here! 

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

Oct 8, 2022: ASL-Interpreted Performance

Oct 8 and Oct 9, 2022: Descriptive Audio for the Sight Impaired (DASI)

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RTS: Chapter Two

By Neil Simon; Directed by Elliot Weiner

September 2-4, 2022

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 pm

Friday and Saturday performances are held in 35below at Asheville Community Theatre; Sunday performance is held at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA. 

Chapter Two is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

In life, love and loss can intertwine in sometimes painful, sometimes funny ways. Recent widower George Schneider finds that especially true when he re-enters the dating world at the insistence of his interfering brother. The road to love is bumpy, and for George it’s a bittersweet journey towards hope and finding someone worth fighting for…again.

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RTS: Hay Fever

By Noel Coward

March 17-19, 2023

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. 

Hay Fever is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

David Bliss and his wife, Judith, find their quiet family weekend in the country interrupted when their high-spirited children, Simon and Sorel, arrive with uninvited guests. Drama unfolds for the Bliss family as comedic misunderstandings and tempers flare in the countryside.

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RTS: Office Hours

By Norm Foster

May 26-28, 2023

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. 

Office Hours is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

It’s a Friday afternoon in the big city and, in six different offices, six different stories are unfolding at the same time. Unrelated, and yet somehow still linked, these stories show six people trying to get by in a modern world, in a madcap race towards quitting time.

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RTS: Outside Mullingar

By John Patrick Shanley

October 28-30, 2022

All performances at 2:30 pm

Friday and Saturday performances are held in 35below at Asheville Community Theatre; Sunday performance is held at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA. 

Outside Mullingar is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

Anthony and Rosemary have been friends since childhood, but Rosemary has always wanted something more. When a land feud begins to brew between the two friends’ families, Rosemary worries they will never be together. But in this poignant and funny journey to happiness, Anthony and Rosemary both learn it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

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RTS: The Good, The Bad, & The Guilty

Directed by Margaret Crowell

April 14-16, 2023

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. 

The Good, The Bad, and The Guilty is presented as readers theatre by The Autumn Players.

A Trio of One-Acts

What dramatic truths lie behind a woman’s strange laugh, a suitor’s palpitating heart, a whistle in the night, or an Irish ballad singer and a hundred pound reward? When will the small rise up and the big fall down? When will we all change places? Three one-act plays explore how we seek to embrace – or escape – the ties that bind us.

The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory
Trifles by Susan Glaspell
The Proposal by Anton Chekhov

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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

YPC: A Wrinkle In Time

By Morgan Gould; Directed by Nora Mosrie

October 15-16, 2022

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

By Morgan Gould, adapted from the Newbery Medal winning novel by Madeleine L’Engle. 

After the disappearance of a world-renowned scientist (who happens to be her father), middle school student Meg Murry is in a tough spot. When she and her brother Charles Wallace are visited by three mystical beings who claim to know where their father is, they embark on an epic journey through time and space to find and rescue him. Based on the much-loved Newbery Medal-winning novel of the same name, A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy drama about the bonds of family and the power of love through time and space.

All performers are ages 8-12!

 

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YPC: Fables and Fairy Tales

Aesop's fables; Directed by Mike Yow

November 5, 2022

Saturday at 6:30 pm

Playing make-believe is elevated onstage in this familiar duo of fun and fantastical stories. The well-known fables of Aesop and the larger-than-life tale of Jack and the Beanstalk are delivered through whimsical narration and lively performances. Get swept away by our talented youth cast!

 

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YPC: The Prom

Book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin; Music by Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Directed by Michael Jorizzo

October 22-23, 2022

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

Emma just wants to go to the prom – with her girlfriend Alyssa! But the PTA is not having it. A duo of vain Broadway actors who happen to be in town catch wind of the drama, and they want to improve their public image after some justified bad press. After stumbling across Emma’s dilemma, they team up with a Julliard grad, an overlooked Chorus girl, and Emma to protest the PTA and regain their popularity. With the help of fun musical numbers, the self-centered actors and Emma try to convince the PTA and town that her love deserves to be celebrated, not hidden away!

Watch this cast of 13-17-year-olds light up the stage!

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