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Brilliant Traces

By Cindy Lou Johnson; Directed by Robert Dale Walker

January 10-26, 2020

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

Brilliant Traces is compelling story about two people, Rosannah and Henry, who have both suffered from a series of unfortunate circumstances throughout their lives. One night, after traveling for many days with little to no rest, Rosannah mysteriously shows up on Henry’s doorstep, in Alaska. As Henry and Rosannah begin to open up to one another, they come to the realization that they both have had serious and emotionally complicated lives.

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Great Falls

By Lee Blessing; Produced by Mockingbird Theater Company; Directed by Chanda Calentine

March 6-22, 2020

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

A man lost in his life drives across the American West with his stepdaughter—a young woman at the beginning of hers. He’s trying to make peace with the ghosts of his past; she’s just trying to survive.  This WNC premiere tells their compelling and complex story, as they test how much they can trust each other—or whether they can ever trust each other again.

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Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas

Produced by Jamie Laval

December 28, 2019

Saturday at 8:00 pm

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas captures the beauty and atmosphere of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Iceland during the holidays. An entertaining and thought-provoking family holiday experience, the show weaves a tapestry of music, dance, poetry, and stories which hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

Headlining the show is Tryon-based violinist and storyteller Jamie Laval who in 2002 won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. He has performed for Her Majesty The Queen, appeared on the NBC Today show, and presented a TEDx Talk. Laval’s recent album Murmurs and Drones won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards.

Joining Jamie is a superlative vocalist and several nationally-acclaimed performers of Celtic harp, woodwinds, guitar, Irish step dancing.

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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

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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Legally Blonde

The Musical * Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Direction by Sarah Fowler; Choreography by Jacob Walas

June 5-28, 2020

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 6/18 and 6/25 at 7:30 pm

Elle Woods appears to have it all. But her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle surprises everyone (except herself) when she applies to and is admitted into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

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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.

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Little Women

Adapted from Louisa May Alcott's classic book by Scott Davidson; Directed by Julie Wharton

April 3-19, 2020

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

Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Little Women a rating of G.

Look Back in Anger

By John Osborne; Produced by Rarely Theatre; Directed by Scott Keel

August 7-23, 2020

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

Set in the mid-twentieth century English projects, witness a young couple struggle through the issues that seem all too familiar today: employment, finances, class, education, love, loss, and all the complications that come with it. Life leads them through its ups and downs, but will they still be able to find each other in the end?

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Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS

Book by Jenny Laird; Music and Lyrics by Randy Courts; Additional Lyrics by Will Osborne; Based on "Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn" by Mary Pope Osborne; Directed by Jeff Catanese; Music Direction by Lynda Shuler

November 15-17, 2019

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

Jack and Annie are two siblings who have found a magic tree house filled with books! As they read a book about knights and the middle ages, Annie is intrigued by the Black Knight and the mysterious quest one must successfully complete before becoming a knight. When she wishes to visit the castle in the book, the siblings are whisked away to medieval times. They set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his quest, experiencing a grand medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor, all in an effort to find their way back home.

Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS is an adaptation of the second of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than 100 countries around the world.

Presented by students ages 8-12 in our Tanglewood Youth Production Class.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies; Based on the 20th Century Fox motion picture; Directed by Candice Burchill

December 5-20, 2019

Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional evening performances Thursday Dec. 5, Wednesday, Dec. 18, & Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 pm

The whole family will enjoythis funny, poignant and faithful adaptation of the classic 1947 film. When Kris Kringle gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s, he surprises employees and customers by claiming to be the real Santa Claus. But can he convince the skeptical Susan and her mother?

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Miracle on 34th Street a movie rating of G.

Drugs & Alcohol

As in the movie, the man originally hired to play Santa in the Macy's parade is fired because he's intoxicated.

Miss Gulch Returns!

By Fred Barton; Produced and directed by Mark Jones

May 8-24, 2020

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

She’s a woman wronged – wronged by a little girl in blue gingham. And her little dog, too. But the bike-riding, Toto-endangering spinster gets to set the record straight in this uproariously funny, off- Broadway musical featuring the wit and wisdom of Almira Gulch, last seen bicycling away from the Gale farm with Toto in tow. The years since The Wizard of Oz have not been kind to Almira and she laments about life, love and liquor. Mark Jones stars in this one-man show.

Miss Gulch Returns! is recommended for mature audiences only. Though the title references a character from The Wizard of Oz, this is not a show for children.

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RTS: An Inspector Calls

By J. B. Priestley; Directed by Margaret Crowell

May 22, 23, and 24, 2020

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

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.

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RTS: Chagall and Mrs. Belmont

By C. Robert Jones; Directed by Deborah Austin

December 6, 8 and 15, 2019

Friday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus; Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center

September 1964, New York City: Former actress and now very wealthy Mrs. Belmont hopes to persuade Marc Chagall to paint the murals for the new Metropolitan Opera House. During their conversation, Chagall reveals the struggles of having been a Jew in Russia, France and the United States during two world wars, and beyond. This beautiful play explores a love of theater and music,and what an artist feels about his or her own work.

Note: Tickets for this special presentation are $10.00.

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RTS: Einstein and The Polar Bear

By Tom Griffin; Directed by Ellen Pappas

September 27, 28, and 29, 2019

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

A renowned writer has it all, fortune, fame, women and adoration, when one excruciating miscalculation causes him to lose everything. As penance he hides away in a small New England town where he runs a bookstore in a shambling farmhouse. Then comes a knock on his door. Can the lost be found? Can the sinner gain redemption?

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RTS: Harvey

By Mary Chase; Directed by Marianne Lyon

March 27, 28, and 29, 2020

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

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.

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RTS: The Chalk Garden

By Enid Bagnold; Directed by Anita Chapman

April 24, 25, and 26, 2020

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

In this gentle thriller set in a faded English manor house, barren soil becomes a metaphor for lack of love.  When a mysterious governess enters a dysfunctional upper middle class family, her wit and compassion and knowledge of gardening transform a hollow and meaningless world of social pretense into earth which is rich with the promise of life.

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RTS: The Last Night of Ballyhoo

By Alfred Uhry; Directed by Wendy Strauss

November 22, 23, and 24, 2019

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

It is 1939, and in Europe, the Nazis have begun rounding up Jews. In Atlanta, the posh German-Jewish community — including the Freitag family with two daughters — is preparing for Ballyhoo, the annual ball where young people can meet suitable future spouses. When Uncle Adolph brings home his new employee, a Brooklyn bachelor with an Eastern European background, a series of unexpected events transpires. This Tony Award winning play is comedic, romantic and deeply touching, as characters confront their prejudices, beliefs and identities.

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RTS: The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare; Directed by Jim Reid

August 28, 29, and 30, 2020

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

Antonio, an antisemitic merchant, takes a loan from the Jew Shylock to help his friend to court Portia. Antonio can’t repay the loan, and without mercy, Shylock demands a pound of his flesh. This sets in motion a thrilling and clandestine journey, where love, money, and religion take center stage, spinning a timeless classic as relevant today as it was in 1599.

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Storm Still

By Gab Reisman; Produced and directed by Devyn Ray Villareal

April 10-26, 2020

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

Part eulogy, part game of pretend, Storm Still follows the three Lear sisters as they gather together to clean out their recently deceased father’s house, acting out a ridiculous and cathartic version of Shakespeare’s King Lear in their childhood backyard.

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Suggestion Box

Directed by Tom Chalmers

October 20, 2019

Sunday at 7:00 pm

Come on out on Sunday, October 20th, to see students from the most recent Performance Lab at The Asheville School of Improv perform a series of medium- to long-form improv structures that are sparked by a single suggestion. Structures include Pan Left/Pan Right, La Ronde, Grow/Shrink, Meanwhile, and Close Quarters. Taught by Tom Chalmers, the stars of this Suggestion Box are Ben Brown, Francine Cavanaugh, Paul Dixon, Edward Dzierzynski, George Oliva, Alex Scherma, Nora Tramm and Drew Wynn.

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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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The Fantasticks

Music by Harvey Schmidt; Lyrics by Tom Jones; Directed by Mark Jones; Music Direction by Rob Blackwell; Choreography by Jessica Garland

February 7 – March 1, 2020

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 2/20 and 2/27 at 7:30 pm

The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: it’s a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time and is punctuated by a series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. “Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world!

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Fantasticks a rating of PG.

Adult Language

One man calls another "an ass" several times.

Violence

A pretend abduction is staged; the audience knows that it is not a real abduction but the two lovers do not know. It may be a stretch to define this as violence.

Other

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" is referenced. This is a reference to an incident in Roman mythology and may be worth a read on Wikipedia or elsewhere as to the origins of that word as a description of that incident.

The God of Hell

By Sam Shepard; Produced by Ellipsis Theater; Directed by David Sebren

November 1-17, 2019

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

On a small Midwest farm, Frank and his wife Emma are visited by Frank’s old friend Haynes. While Frank is out in the barn tending to his cattle, Welch comes to the door peddling American goods and asking odd questions about “possible” visitors. The God of Hell asks the question; is there a state religion in America, and if so what is it?

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The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris; Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello; Directed by Josh Batenhorst

December 11-15, 2019

Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm

When an out of work slacker takes a job as an elf in Macy’s Santaland, his hilarious observations of the shoppers and employees are much more naughty than nice. This one-man-act can only be described one way: crazy funny. It’s the 18th year in a row for this show at ACT! Starring Tom Chalmers.

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The Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum; Music & Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Background music by Herbert Stothart; Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard; Orchestration by Larry Wilcox; Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.; Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Direction by Sarah Fowler; Choreography by Alexa Edelman

October 4-27, 2019

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 10/17 and 10/24 at 7:30 pm

This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. All the songs we’ve loved for years are here including “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “The Merry Old Land of Oz” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.” This production also commemorates the 60th anniversary of Tanglewood Youth Theatre, which began in the fall of 1959.

The Wizard of Oz is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Wizard of Oz a movie rating of G. The musical follows the classic 1939 MGM movie very closely.

Note to parents: Please think carefully before attending with very young children. This is a 2.5 hour show (including intermission), and your child would need to be able to sit quietly through the entire show. Some young children may find the Witch (or other characters) very scary – and may be more scared at being in close proximity to her/them rather than seeing the movie on TV/a screen. The Winkies (Witch’s guards) do march through the aisles of the audience. Again, this may be scary for some children while others would think it was thrilling.

Adult Language

Uncle Henry uses a word that some may consider blasphemous when the tornado is approaching.

Transition

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

The production of Transition scheduled for December 2019 has been postponed to a later date. We are very eager to work with Maria to present her production in the way that she has envisioned – and we also understand that new projects sometimes need more time. The new date will be announced as soon as possible. 

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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Truth Be Told

Written and directed by Monica McDaniel; Produced by WinniesChild Productions; An Artistic Horizons selection

September 6-21, 2019

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm

These two one act plays, twinned in theme, display the struggles of sexual abuse, and the aftermath; which is healing. The stories of two different persons are speaking the truth – or a truth – their truths – about going through this harsh and mind blowing journey. This powerful show has a bold message with a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Truth Be Told will open the 2019-20 35below season and is also the inaugural play in 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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Who Does She Think She Is?

Written and directed by Paula O'Brien; An Artistic Horizons selection

April 3-4, 2020

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

An evening of caint, ceol agus craic! (stories, music and fun!)  One woman’s autobiographical story of her journey from Ireland to WNC, with many detours along the way.

Who Does She Think She Is? 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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