Tarocco is a quintessentially Asheville production. Part play, part dance and part circus, it uses the fool’s journey of the tarot to tell the story of a wounded World War I soldier, played by Ross Daniel, as he lies dying behind enemy lines.
Productions of the socially charged play are at Toy Boat Community Art Space Friday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 12.
“It’s [Rash’s] material,” Smith says. “What I take the most credit for is knowing good material when I find it.”
Playwright Nat Allister tweaked Tarocco following its 2015 debut, and now the emboldened work is set for a tour, beginning at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday-Sunday, July 22-24.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (of which the Sandburg Home is part), Flat Rock Playhouse created two new original productions — Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rootabaga Country and Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Express.
Set in post-McCarthy era Washington, D.C., Capital Liar follows the exploits of tabloid newsman Sly Goodwin. It’s onstage through Saturday, July 30.
The show is a tour de force for two actors, who assume the identities of the population of Tuna, Texas. It is a small town with the kind of colorful characters who would feel right at home at a Donald Trump rally.
Director Michael MacCauley discusses his introduction to Shakespeare’s first tragedy and how its bloody commentary on the senselessness of violence remains timely.
The story, by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, is set in River City, Iowa, during the summer of 1912. When a clever con artist known as Professor Harold Hill, played by Brian Robinson, steps off the train, he means business. This classic musical is performed through Saturday, July 9.
Patriotism never goes out of style; nor does fun in the sun. Commemorations of the Fourth are in force — here’s where to celebrate.
The show contains adult language and delves into issues of racial relations. HCT is to be commended for its courage, and applauded for the deft execution of such delicate material.
Toy Boat Community Art Space hosts experimental theatrical ensemble XOXO on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25.
Though there’s a carnival theme to Sideshow, the new production by Dark Horse Theatre, onstage at N.C. Stage Company, it’s not intended for children. The series of vignettes, each interpreting one of the seven deadly sins, is dark and disturbing.
Brief Encounters: New Magnetic Voices 2016 shows at The Magnetic Theatre Thursdays to Saturdays through June 25.
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective delivers another socially minded, thought-provoking production with an intriguing Martin Luther King Jr. drama.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Supatight’s final touches on a new album, local playwright Kai Elijah Hamilton’s invitation to a New York City theater festival, and a fundraising effort by The Art League of Henderson County.
The harrowing tale of an 1830 murder in MItchell County is the basis for a new production at the Parkway Playhouse. Director and playwright Andrew Gall adapted the script from a book of the same title written by New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb.
Held each week at The Magnetic Theatre, Saturdays on Stage shows are appropriate for ages 4 and up.
The historic festival is at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 6:30 p.m., after which the Montford Park Players will perform “Much Ado About Nothing” at 7:30 p.m.
While 2016 class registration is closed, Black Mountain School is hosting visitor days and free public events. The next by-reservation date to visit the program is Saturday, May 28; Charlie McAlister gives a music performance on Thursday, May 26.
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s production, onstage through Sunday, June 12, is visually spectacular and a charming show.