As part of YWCA of Asheville's Stand Against Racism campaign, local performing arts collective Different Strokes is staging A Lesson Before Dying (in Black and White), the theatrical adaptation of Ernest J. Gaines' 1993 novel. The story is told from the perspective of an educated black man living in the racially-charged American south in the years following WWII. The production features CJ Breland, Gary Gaines, Hamilton Goodman, Patrick Hackney, Jacquelyn Hallum, Victor Hough, Emily Knust, Stephany Nezo, Horus Runako, Jim Slautich and Noah Tanner. Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 and 7:30 p.m., May 4-13 at the Asheville High School Theatre. $10 adults/$8 students and seniors in advance or $13/$10 at the door. $6 for high school students at the door. http://differentstrokesavl.com.