The UNCA theater season kicks off with the farce, “Sorting Trash” by Dan Gordon. Performances are held Thursday, Oct. 10- Sunday, Oct. 13. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., in Carol Belk Theatre. $10 for the public, $8 for UNC Asheville faculty and $5 for students, with a special discount day on Friday, October 11 for UNC Asheville senior students when tickets will be $4.
From the playwright’s synopsis:
Everyone is chasing something: love, money – warlocks. Sorting Trash is a comedic farce about a family chasing all three. Emily Barcus, a plain looking, hard working, socially deficient young woman, shares her home with her mother, Judy, who she struggles to care for. You’d struggle too if your mother wore a nun’s habit, sprayed everyone with holy water, and stored her trash in the basement; all for the cause of fending off an imaginary warlock. Emily’s only support comes from her neighbor and best friend, Crystal. Although her social status is white trash and her personality less than delicate, Crystal’s heart is gold; slightly tarnished gold, but gold just the same. But as a single mother Crystal has her own problems. Her daughter Shannon is behaving like the teenager she is and Crystal has imposed harsh labor as punishment. Then there’s Emily’s brother, Ryan. A petty crook with a petty brain, Ryan has just been released from jail and he’s moving back home, bringing both trouble and hope with him. He’s bringing trouble in the form of Joey Almanac. A more unorganized than organized crime boss, Joey launders money through many enterprises including the pizza joint where Ryan now works. Ryan’s also bringing hope in the form of Mark Lorenz, his parole officer. Mark too is socially deficient and has real potential as a match for Emily.