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

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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Costume Sale

October 23, 2021

Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Come find a treasure or two at our next Costume Sale!

The sale will include costumes pulled from ACT’s extensive collection and donated items. Vintage petticoats and bloomers have been added to the sale, along with men’s dress and formal shirts, fur coats and accessories, hats, evening dresses, and children’s costumes. Men’s and women’s day wear and a variety of fabric pieces will also be available.

Weather permitting, the sale will be held in our parking lot and the newly fenced in side yard below the theatre. In the case of rain, the sale will take place in 35below, on the lower level of the theatre.

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

Cards only, please – no cash!

Fight Girl Battle World

By Qui Nguyen; Directed by Josh Batenhorst

February 18-March 13, 2022

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.”

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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.

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.

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 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.

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 20-22, 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. 

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

In this intimate family drama, class and gender tensions in the genteel society of mid-19th century N.Y.C. are exposed, when a plain and naïve young woman falls in love with someone her father suspects of fortune hunting. Is this charming young man’s ardent interest sincere, or is he the gold-digging wastrel her unloving father suspects him to be?

RTS: The Outsider

By Paul Slade Smith; Directed by Elliot Weiner

November 19-21, 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. 

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!

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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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 Giver

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry; Co-Directed by Robert Dale Walker and Shari Azar

April 22-May 15, 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, 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: Clue (High School Edition) – High School Cast

By Sandy Rustin; Directed by Marci Bernstein

Nov 6-7 and Nov 13-14, 2021

Ballroom Cast: Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:30 PM and Sunday, Nov 7 at 6:30 PM | Library Cast: Saturday, Nov 13 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, Nov 14 at 5:30 PM

Adapted from 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

Based on the iconic 1985 movie which was inspired by the classic board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects! Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

Ballroom Cast: Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:30 PM and Sunday, Nov 7 at 6:30 PM

Library Cast: Saturday, Nov 13 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, Nov 14 at 5:30 PM

YPC: Clue (High School Edition) – Middle School Cast

By Sandy Rustin; Directed by Michael Jorizzo

November 13-14, 2021

Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm

Adapted from 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

Based on the iconic 1985 movie which was inspired by the classic board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects! Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

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