The Autumn Players present “The Constant Wife” at 35below, April 26-28

Photo of director Anita Chapman by Ellen Pappas

Press release from Asheville Community Theatre:

A concert-style reading of The Constant Wife by W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is scheduled for three matinee performances by The Autumn Players (TAP) of Asheville Community Theatre (ACT): Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, 2019 in 35below at ACT; Sunday, April 28 in the Manheimer Room at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Curtain is at 2:30 pm.

Under the direction of Anita Chapman, and in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville, this is the fourth of six productions of the 2018-19 season of TAP’s Readers Theatre Showcase. Tickets are $7 cash at the door. They are also available at the ACT Box Office and online at

An elegant and sophisticated Comedy of Manners, The Constant Wife is about marital maneuvers in 1920’s London. When an independent-minded woman discovers her husband is having an affair, instead of playing the role of the wronged wife, she lays bare the hypocrisy of the double standard, presents an unsentimental critique of marriage, and offers a sensible solution.

Anita Chapman has directed a variety of concert-style readings for TAP’s Readers Theatre Showcase: The Trip to Bountiful, The Little Foxes, A Delicate Balance, Uncle Vanya, Ghosts, Other Desert Cities, The Winslow Boy, All Over, and Broken Glass. For the WNC Historical Association and for OLLI, she directed readings of Beneath Shelton Laurel, and for the Asheville History Center The Raindrop Waltz. Former Chair of the Autumn Players, Ms. Chapman was trained as a Dramaturg at the University of Amsterdam.

The Autumn Players is ACT’s volunteer outreach group consisting of over 100 seasoned actors, directors, writers, and educators dedicated to taking theatre into the community. Since 1992 the company has provided entertainment, enrichment, and instruction for thousands of students, seniors, and in-betweens at venues within an hour or more from Asheville.

For more information or for a full schedule of the 2018-19 Reader’s Theatre Showcase series, please visit

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