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ACT: Currently Closed Due to COVID-19

Asheville Community Theatre will be closed for the foreseeable future. We are unable to know when we will be able to reopen. It is our intention to reschedule any upcoming event; we also understand that this may not be possible.

Here’s what we do know:

  • All performances, rehearsals, classes, auditions, volunteer trainings, and any other activity scheduled to take place in the ACT building from now until May 1, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • We will reassess as time moves forward and we have more knowledge about when it will be safe to be in large or small groups together
  • We already cannot wait until that next jubilant gathering!

During this time, our staff will be working remotely. You can reach any of us through email – so don’t be a stranger!

We are also working on ways to bring you interesting, fun, and creative content. Because when life gives us lemons, you know we’re going to turn those into Lemons! The Musical!

With love,
The Staff of ACT

We will communicate any changes to you via e-mail as well as through updates to our website and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).

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Costume Drama: A Fashion Show 2020

Now available as video on demand!

Costume Drama: A Fashion Show is an eclectic evening of inventive fashion where local designers create garments from unconventional materials and compete for cash prizes in this Project Runway-esque show.  This year, designers have used recyclable materials, discarded sports memorabilia, electrical cords and plugs and so much more to create incredible wearable art.

This year’s Costume Drama was filmed and originally aired on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Now, it is available as a Video on Demand! Once you purchase a ticket, you’ll have 48 hours from the time of purchase to watch the performance – and you can watch as many times as you’d like within those 48 hours!

Tickets on sale through September 30, 2020.

Cover photo by Max Ganly; Designer: Ray Fawley; Model: Lauren Rivas

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor

By Neil Simon; Directed by Brenda Lilly

August 14-30, 2020

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

Note: All ticket sales for upcoming events are currently suspended due to COVID-19 until we have more knowledge about when it will be safe to be in large or small groups together.

Playwright Neil Simon got his first big break in the early 50s as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, and this comedy takes a fictionalized look into writer’s room antics. The play focuses on Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and his staff, including Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wackiness that takes place in the writers’ room.

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Listen To This

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

Thursday, October 1, 2020

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.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 – Performed via Zoom Video Conferencing – Surprise and Shine: True Tales of Unexpected EventsHosted by Tom Chalmers

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Mainstage Season Gift Certificate

Purchase a Gift Certificate for a friend, a family member, or yourself! Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any ACT Mainstage Season show! We’re especially excited for our 75th Season which begins in October and will feature Annie, Elf the Musical, Bright Star, The Giver, Mamma Mia!, and Lend Me a Tenor.

Please ignore the date shown below next to “Buy Tickets Now” – these Gift Certificates can be used both prior to and after that date!

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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

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Written and directed by Maria C. Young; An Artistic Horizons selection

November 21, 2020

Saturday at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Note: All ticket sales for upcoming events are currently suspended due to COVID-19 until we have more knowledge about when it will be safe to be in large or small groups together.

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. This premiere 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?

Transition is presented as part of Asheville Community Theatre’s Artistic Horizons program, a program that gives local artists the opportunity to pursue new creative paths in the theatre. In the 2019-20 season, Artistic Horizons will feature four productions created by new, emerging, or established writers who are expanding their craft to include playwriting, or are helmed by first time directors who want to workshop a piece before committing to a full performance run.

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