“Say Goodnight, Gracie,” opens May 18, followed by “The Azure Sky in Oz” on May 19.
Kids stuff: A safe space to create, grow and learn
Lauren Rogers Hopkins, education programs manager at Flat Rock Playhouse, discusses helping kids find their creatives voices.
Asheville Creative Arts premieres its first baby theater production
Unlike any of Asheville Creative Arts’ previous productions, Shell is categorized as “baby theater.” Such performances are intended for children 5-years-old or younger (accompanied by their caretakers).
Quick takes: Camaraderie in the arts
Rae Geoffrey, managing director of Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, discusses the power of giving, the arts and the unique superpowers women bring to leadership positions.
ACT’s ‘Native Gardens’ stokes community dialogue
The creative team behind ACT’s latest production believes community theaters have a particular obligation to establish healthy conversations about complex subjects.
Year in Review: Arts professionals lift each other up
Local theater professionals, musicians and photographers lend their expertise to this year’s reflections.
Four of a Kind: Chelsey Lee Gaddy on local theater
The senior artistic director at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre discusses the local scene and the work being done for and about exceptional children.
Local theaters embrace experimental approaches
Actors and directors discuss the importance of pushing boundaries in local theater.
Local theater companies continue work toward greater equity and inclusion
Representatives from Different Strokes, Asheville Community Theatre and NC Stage discuss making their theaters more welcoming spaces.
Irish artists bloom in the Asheville area
Danny Ellis, Gareth Higgins and Paula O’Brien discuss being Irish Americans and how that status has influenced their art.
Theater education programs encourage bright futures for area youths
The Parkway Playhouse, Montford Moppets and Flat Rock Playhouse’s Studio 52 instill life skills in local young people through the magic of theater.
Local groups provide opportunities for emerging artists of color
A Different Myth and programs at Asheville Community Theatre and the YMI Cultural Center seek to help solve arts equity issues.
Local holiday theater offers both Grinches and glad tidings
Xpress rounds up three local shows that remind us that part of the reason for the season is wonder, laughter and artful stage magic.
Local arts nonprofits creatively navigate pandemic hardships
Checking in with the executive directors of the Asheville Area Arts Council, Magnetic Theatre and Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community.
Around Town: Black Mountain explores its haunted history with walking tours
Black Mountain will explore some of the town’s ghost stories with downtown walking tours. Plus, FIND Outdoors presents The Legend of Tommy Hodges, a local artist tackles the pandemic with dinosaurs, and the Junior League invites kids to Touch-a-Truck.
Rocky Horror Music Show pays tribute to cult classic
The all-star lineup of Asheville musicians features members of Dr. Bacon, Natural Born Leaders, Modern Strangers, Andrew Thelston Band and more.
Local theater companies stage horror productions
The Magnetic Theatre, Mountainside Theatre, Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre and Parkway Playhouse host new seasonally appropriate productions.
Ria Young named ACT’s inaugural Artistic Partner
The yearlong fellowship includes funding for a new work, a full production of her play “Transition,” an internship for youths of color and a public play-reading series.
Lake Monster Parade offers accessible family fun
Aquatic creatures flock to Lake Tomahawk, two pairs of artists form new studios and more area arts news.
Montford Park Players spotlight women writers in new show
Honor Moor, Barbie Angell and Kathryn Langwell reinterpret Grimm’s fairy tales; Concerts on the Creek return to Sylva; plus more area arts news.
Local theater companies launch indoor seasons
Representatives from SART, HART and ACT discuss the novel challenges of planning a theater season during a pandemic.