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ACT: COVID-19 Updates

Last updated May 19, 2021

Asheville Community Theatre is currently closed to the public, though we are in plans to re-open!

  • Our Tanglewood Summer Camp will be in-person beginning in June 2021!
  • Plans are underway for a 4-show Mainstage season with in-person, live performances beginning in October 2021. Additional programming will be planned for the dates in between those productions.
  • Our Box Office is currently online only.

Staff members are working hybrid schedules between home and office/theatre. It’s still best to reach any of us through email – so don’t be a stranger!

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).

Advanced Camp Showcase

July 23, 2021

Friday at 2:00 pm

ACT’s Advanced Campers (ages 13-18) have been working hard all week with a director and their fellow campers on every step of creating this production.

This performance is FREE to attend, but tickets must be reserved in advance. As a safety precaution, we’ve reduced our seating capacity for this event to 120 people (based on four attendees per student). Please be mindful of other student families and only reserve the number of tickets you will definitely use.

Tickets are general admission, and are available to reserve online only. Doors open at 1:00pm. Masks are required for all attendees and social distancing is encouraged.

** Temperature checks and masks required for all showcase attendees. By reserving a ticket you and your party are agreeing to undergo a temperature check and follow ACT safety guidelines during the event. **

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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.

Listen To This

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

July 29, 2021

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.

Thursday, July 29, 2021 – The Quick Change: True Tales of Tricky Wardrobe Transitions
Hosted by Tom Chalmers.

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Listen to This: Video on Demand

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

Available as a 48 hour rental

Watch at your convenience!

Miss the live show? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Now you can watch fan-favorite Listen to This as Video on Demand, available starting one week after each live performance!

Performed live and streamed virtually on the last Thursday of every month. Hosted by local actor and comedian Tom Chalmers, Listen to This is an evening of stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme. Real people. Real stories. Real good times.

HOW ACT VIDEO ON DEMAND WORKS: Your confirmation email will contain a unique link to watch the performance. The link will activate the first time you begin watching the performance and will expire after 48 hours. You may watch the performance as many times as you’d like within this 48-hour period. There is an availability window for each VOD performance (indicated in your confirmation email), and the 48 hours must occur within this availability window.

Previously aired on Thursday, June 24, 2021: A Touch of the Vapors – an evening of fainting stories.
Featuring stories by Emily Miller Burns, Nathan Duvall, Alison Fields, and Lauren Fortuna. Plus songs from Aaron Price and Peggy Ratusz. Hosted by Tom Chalmers.

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Summer Soundtrack

Directed by Marci Bernstein; Music Direction by Rob Blackwell

August 19, 2021

Thursday at 7:30 pm

Presented as part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s LIVE! An Asheville Arts Benefit Series

A night of music under the stars at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre! Enjoy a summer evening with some of your favorite hits from Broadway and beyond performed by talented youth in our community!

This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated! For this event, we’ve partnered with Arts For Life, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting pediatric patients and families through arts education and engagement. Your donation will support both ACT and Arts For Life!

No advance reservations needed.

Bring a picnic if you’d like – food and drink will not be served, but you’re welcome to bring your own!

Logo with three overlapping circles, blue, then green, then red, with words "Arts for Life" written in white on top.


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