The Autumn Players, Asheville Community Theatre‘s volunteer outreach company, presents the Nedra Pezold Roberts play, The Vanishing Point. The production runs for three 2:30 p.m. performances: Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, in 35below at ACT; Sunday, June 28, in the Manheimer Room at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.
Press release from ACT:
The Vanishing Point, a contemporary family drama by American playwright Nedra Pezold Roberts, is scheduled for three matinee performances by The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre (ACT): Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, in 35below at ACT; Sunday, June 28, in the Manheimer Room at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Curtain is at 2:30 pm and tickets are $6 cash at the door.
Directed by Elliot Weiner and in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, The Vanishing Point is the fourth of five productions of the 2014-15 season of Readers Theatre Showcase. Auditions are 10:30 am – 2:30 pm on June 9 at ACT and are open to the community. Rehearsals are at the same time and place on June 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25.
The Vanishing Point, one of six plays presented at the American Association of Community Theatre’s 2014 NewPlayFest, is a captivating drama about a family in danger of disintegrating almost as quickly as its fragile bayou homeland. In 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina pulverizes the coast, Louisiana’s wetlands are at risk of washing into the Gulf. Environmental engineer Pierre St. Pé returns hoping to save the marshes and salvage his relationship with his father Paul after an earth-shaking revelation chased him away. His family of Cajun shrimpers plus Jolie, his first love who is now engaged to younger brother T-Paul, welcome him despite unanswered questions that linger. But, when T-Paul’s dreams of escape and a near-fatal accident threaten to rip the family apart, tough choices must be made.
Director Elliot Weiner has been active with The Autumn Players since relocating last year from Tacoma WA and has appeared in two Readers Theatre Showcase productions: Last of the Aztecs; The Lion in Winter. In addition, he directed Tape in 35below at ACT and Safe Driving Now! at The Magnetic Theatre. He is a clinical psychologist, writer, film-maker and dog-whisperer by training and passion and was recently chosen Volunteer of the Year by the Asheville Humane Society.
The Autumn Players is ACT’s volunteer outreach company consisting of over 100 seasoned actors, directors, writers and event organizers dedicated to taking theatre into the community. Since 1992, the company has provided entertainment, enrichment, and education for thousands of students, seniors, and in-betweens at venues within an hour or more from ACT. For more information, visit www.ashevilletheatre.org and www.seniortheatre.com/the-autumn-players/ or call 828-254-1320.
For more information or for a full schedule of the Readers Theatre Showcase series, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.