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NC Premiere on the Mainstage!

Through September 2, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm
Performed on the Mainstage
By Marc Palmieri; Directed by Betsy Puckett

It's the final weekend for The Groundling, and this surprising show has meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people! You might absolutely love this show, like these people did:
We thought The Groundling was amazing …..and gut-wrenching. My compliments to the cast, crew and the theatre! - K. Ballard

My husband and I enjoyed the show. We were not really sure what to expect. It was sad and funny and gave us lots to discuss. We were able to talk about how we have handled the hard times in our lives. Well done, Cast and Crew! Thank you for another meaningful show. - C. Pennell

I almost never give feedback, but I want to applaud the risk you all took to produce The Groundling. Whatever you do in the future, THANK YOU for giving The Groundling a try. I’m so glad I attended. - J. Upjohn

And from the Mountain XpressThe Groundling provides a modern comedic take on Shakespeare. It’s so well-written that when the truth comes out, it’s a profound shift in tone that the actors execute superbly.

And you might not like it at all. That's the risk with this show. This show is funny until it's sad, it feels familiar until it's totally surprising, and it rolls along nicely until it comes to a screeching halt. And it will definitely give you something to talk about all the way home!

The plot: After stumbling upon an outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, Long Island landscaper Bob Malone returns home inspired to write a play about his troubled marriage. He hires two reluctant New York theatre professionals to spend a week at his home and stage the play in his garage, with a cast of colorful locals. A modern comedy with a moving and unexpected ending.
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God's Favorite by Neil Simon

August 31- September 2, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

The Book of Job as a comedy? Joe Benjamin is a God-fearing tycoon with a Long Island mansion and a prodigal son and two kooky twins among other family members. After Joe is visited by Sidney Lipton – God’s messenger (and Joe’s tempter) – his life is never the same. Written by Neil Simon and directed by Jim Reid. Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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Our 35below Season Opener

September 7-23, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm
Produced by UNC Asheville’s Alpha Psi Omega (APO) Drama Honors Society
Performed in 35below

Our next season in 35below opens with a contemporary comedy by the award-winning screenwriter and director Alan Ball. This show is completely produced by UNCA students - they're directing, starring, and designing - and we're just thrilled to be the space where they get to do this!

While attending a wedding in Knoxville, Tennessee, five identically clad bridesmaids gather in an upstairs bedroom, each with their own reason to avoid the reception below. As the afternoon progresses, these five unique women uncover their common bond in this funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

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UNC Asheville students should call the Box Office at 828-254-1320 to reserve complimentary tickets.

Saturdays at ACT is Back!

September 8, 2018 * 10:00 am
Performed on the Mainstage

Ahoy Maties! This seafaring adventure teaches young buccaneers how to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of friendship by learning how to recognize, report and stand up to bullying.

Our fun and popular Saturdays at ACT program brings local performers to our stage for kid-centered shows! These shows are the perfect length for the youngest theatre-goers (about 45 minutes) and are super interactive! We're proud to partner with Asheville-based Bright Star Touring Theatre and Red Herring Puppets for a season chock full of fun! Plus, stick around for free milk and cookies after each show!
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Saturday Youth Classes!

Begins Saturday, September 8 * 10:00-11:00 am
Ages 10-15

This class is a LOT of fun! It includes instruction on improv skills, character development, connecting in scenes, “Yes and…” acceptance technique, and building the beginning, middle, and end of a scene with a problem and solution PLUS students will get to play plenty of fun and interactive improv games! Taught by Chris Martin who has directed over 40 youth productions in Asheville. 
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Begins Saturday, September 8 * 10:00-11:00 am
Ages 8-12

Learn a variety of acting techniques with a focus on character development and relationships, deciding what your character wants and how you are going to achieve it, and making choices with specific blocking and movement! Not only will students work on scenes and monologues from popular youth plays and musicals, they will also write their own original, creative scenes to perform! Taught by Christine Eide, who has over 20 years of experience as an actress, director and teacher.
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Improv Classes for Adults

Classes begin September 10!
Taught by Tom Chalmers

Step into the spotlight with our Adult Improv classes! These classes cover the fundamentals of improvisational acting with an emphasis on comedy. Not only are these classes great for actors, they're also terrific for anyone looking to brush up on listening skills, the ability to add information to a conversation, and just being active and engaged in interpersonal communication (shouldn't that be all of us?)

Two levels of classes are offered: Improv 1 (open to everyone) and Improv 2 (prerequisite: Improv 1 or extensive improv experience). Which is the best class for you?
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September 11, 2018 * 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Director Wendy Strauss seeks a cast of 10 (5 women and 5 men) for this powerhouse of a script! Based on a story and 1940’s radio play that inspired the film All About Eve and the musical Applause, this intriguing tale focuses on a stage actress at the height of her fame and prowess who hires a seemingly mild-mannered and helpful young woman to be her secretary. Key word: seemingly!  

Want to read the script before you audition? We have copies in the box office and you're welcome to check one out with a $10 deposit!
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In Case You Missed It

  • Our Annual Meeting was last night - look who was there!
  • So excited to work with this group! These are our artistic team members for the 2018-19 Mainstage season.
  • Practice puppets are in the house!
  • Bloomsday and The Groundling cast/crews out on the town together!
  • AND - we sold all the tickets to the London Raffle! Hold onto your passports - we'll pull the winner next week!
Generous support for ACT's renovation and expansion was provided by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) from the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF)
Drive recognition for the arts with the Arts NC license plate! When you purchase an Arts NC license plate, you join Arts NC in funding arts initiatives and expanding access to the arts in North Carolina.

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