Conscious Party Web Extra: N.C. Stage presents “Play Local” benefit

Who: North Carolina Stage Company
What: The “Play Local” benefit will raise money for the theatre’s artistic and educational programs.
Where: The party will be held at a board member’s home on Kimberly Avenue, with parking shuttles provided by BMW of Asheville.
When: Saturday, Oct. 23, 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $50, and includes food, drinks and an entry in a door-prize drawing. Info: 239-0263 or

Why: With scrumptious food catered by Cucina 24, The Market Place Restaurant, Bouchon Bistro and Izzy’s Coffee Den, local brews crafted by Craggie Brewing and a colorful fashion show inspired by the plays in N.C. Stage’s 2010-2011 season, “Play Local” promises to be a lively party supporting educational and artistic opportunities offered by N.C. Stage. The festive occasion will also feature live jazz tunes by James Watson and a performance by melodramatic popular songstress Vendetta Crème.

The evening’s centerpiece, as the press release describes, is the fashion show sponsored by The Costume Shoppe, Minx Boutique, HoneyPot, Parlour, WestOne Salon and Makeup at the Grove Arcade, which highlights styles from 1980s New York (as portrayed in the play Angels in America), the swinging 1960s (from Boeing-Boeing), 17th-Century London during the plague (One Flea Spare) and from 1940s middle America (The Glass Menagerie).

According to artistic director Charlie Flynn-McIver, as quoted from a press release, the beauty of this fundraiser is its simplicity: “There is no raffle, no silent auction, no live auction — once you buy a ticket and walk in the door, you’re entered in the prize drawing, and all you have to do is relax and have a good time. It’s easier on the board and staff, and easier on our guests.”

N.C. Stage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating professional local theater, is now in its ninth performance season, which opened on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (read more about the current production in Wendi Loomis’ article “Angels in Asheville,” published on Oct. 5). Performances, held at the company’s intimate black-box theater on 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville, continue through Sunday, Nov. 7. Tickets for the show range from $16 to $28, with $10 student-rush tickets available.


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About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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