Carolina Actors’ Collective

Lady adventurers Kay Galvin and CJ Breland

Last summer, a new theater group was introduced to the Asheville scene: the Carolina Actors’ Collective. Membership in the Collective is open not just to actors, but to all who contribute time, energy, skills, talent or material wealth to the project at hand.

The Carolina Actors’ Collective’s first project is a production of Terrence McNally’s full-length Pulitzer-nominated play A Perfect Ganesh, about two middle-aged lady adventurers who travel to India. It is scheduled to open Friday, Jan. 30, at NC Stage as part of NC Stage Company’s Catalyst Series.

The theater group’s mission involves engaging the public in “a forum of possibilities: the possibility to amaze, the possibility of making visible the invisible, the possibility of rediscovering the sacred and ritual beginnings of theater, and the possibility of emerging from that meeting somehow changed.”

Founding director Leslie Muchmore says, “Admittedly, this sounds a little rarified or abstract. I hasten to add therefore that the Collective will not be exploring forms from theatre history. We will be as ‘cutting edge’ as anyone in town, and [the] sound that dominates my imagination is the sound of laughter.”

A Perfect Ganesh will play at NC Stage Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 and Feb. 5-7, with all performances at 7:30 p.m., except for the Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12. To purchase tickets: 239-0263 or www.ncstage.org.

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