By jOE foUST AND Richard rAGSDALE / Directed by Andrew Gall
nORTH Carolina pREMIERE / March 8 - 31
A diabolical villain threatens the world in this riotous send up of action movies. Filled with stage combat, stunts, and the mother-of-all-car-chases (live on stage) the critically acclaimed, award-winning, over-the-top, not to be missed, blockbuster theatre event makes its Asheville debut.
By Peter lundblad / Directed by Katie Jones
world Premiere / may 10 - June 2
An occult history of a city a lot like this one. It follows a mythical path, a possible future and its prodigal daughter is trying to sort it all out. This world premiere by Asheville playwright Peter Lundblad is a fable about the casualties of gentrification told through poetry, puppetry and fantasy.
by DAVID bRENDAN HOPES / DIRECTED BY ANDREW GALL
World Premiere / JUNE 14 - 30
A smoldering historical look at an America riven by partisan politics, flirting with socialism, and galvanized by a swiftly rising feminist movement. Seemingly contemporary, this historical play looks at the chaotic and frenzied wake of the assassination of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States.
BY PAULA VOGEL / Directed by Andrew Gall
North Carolina Premiere / august 2 - 25
This play is based on true events surrounding the incendiary 1923 Broadway debut of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance and the controversial lesbian love scene it contained, and the actors who risked their careers – and lives – to perform it.
THE BAGGAGE PLAYS: Crazy Bag and Carry On
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY MURPHY FUNKHOUSER-CAPPS
Directed by RODNEY SMITH
SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT / SEPTEMBER 5 - 15
This original, award-winning one-woman show, performed in two chapters, takes a humorous, yet poignant look at the baggage we all carry through life. Audience choice! See one chapter or both! Either chapter is a complete show that is packed full of laughs, tears, and revelations about this crazy journey we call life.
Chapter One "Crazy Bag": A fast-paced, action "packed" ride from barroom to motherhood, rebellion to redemption. This chapter will be relatable to anyone who took the long way to find themselves and their way back home.
Chapter Two "Carry On": An emotional and hilarious exploration of marriage, child-rearing and "becoming domesticated". This chapter will be deeply touching to anyone looking for their matching baggage or who has experienced a second chance at love or life.
BY laurie jones / Directed by katie jones
world premiere / SEPTEMBER 27 - October 20
A one-note-wonder novelist, in the throes of a long dry spell, has moved into the house of dead writer Amelia Aldean in the hopes of summoning her ghost to “invade his life,” desperate to find the story that will turn his own life around.
BY honor moor / Directed by Michael lilly
world premiere / November 1 - 24
The underfunded and underprepared (but committed!) Mountain Political Action Committee returns to confront another crisis in Asheville; as a group of conservatives, who feel that their way of life is being threatened, hold divisive a rally. When unwelcome guests crash the rally, the members of MOPAC must find some common ground with the conservatives, in order to fight for the town they all love.
THE BERNSTEIN FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
An ideal family celebrates the holidays with booze, sex, recreational drug use, and a complete lack of shame or propriety: The Bernsteins. An Asheville Holiday staple celebrating its 10th anniversary production.
Tickets for THE BERNSTEIN FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR will go on sale in October.