Smart Bets: Vance

Local author/artist/actor David Hopes showcases yet another talent: that of playwright. His most recent play, Vance: Civil War Governor, is on stage at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill through Sunday, Aug. 28. Says Hopes, the production is "based on the life of N.C.’s Civil War governor (and later senator) Zebulon Vance." The play addresses the fact that Vance was a slave holder "and in favor of that dark institution to the very end" but there's "humor and homeliness … heroism and confusion" as well as music and video. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. $25/$22/$18.


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