From theater and live music to art exhibitions and literature, 2019 produces great works across genres.
Outdoor theater remains the best way to experience the Robin Hood stories, and the amphitheater’s setting, full of the sounds of nature, adds to the overall enjoyment of the play.
The Montford Park Players have performed Shakespeare’s plays since 1973. In recent years, the group has incorporated other classically inspired works into its line-up, including original work and plays for young audiences.
As this year comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on some truly extraordinary theater ranging from splashy musicals, moving dramas and locally written plays.
The youths of Montford Park Players’ Moppets program run the annual holiday production, Dec. 14, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at Land of the Sky UCC.
The minimalist set design, rendered in primary colors of black, white and red, gives ample room for hooded ghosts to dart in and out of a white forest of leafless trees.
Adults and children will find themselves reading the play on many levels. It reminds us that sometimes we need both escape and escapism.
Worth mentioning, the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater is, itself a character in this production. The setting allows for the actors to dart into the audience, chirping birds add to the ambiance, and when the first stars come out, the spell of a midsummer’s night is complete.
The holiday tradition — now preceded by a Victorian craft festival — runs Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 2-17, at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater.
Montford Park Players and Different Strokes! are both excellent local theater companies. Their partnership proves to be a triumphant venture.
The intersectionality of racial and homosexual prejudice places Shakespeare’s 400-year-old play in the context of contemporary social justice.
It’s no wonder that The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised] is such a popular play in the Asheville area. It’s an automatic crowd-pleasing comedy.
Under the stars feels right for such a show, making Montford Park Players’ open air summer location a well-suited venue.
The play tells the tale of a wealthy Athenian known for his excessive generosity. It runs through Saturday, May 27.
The 2017 rendition, featuring Steve Samuels as Shylock and Devyn Ray as Portia, will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., March 10-26, at The BeBe Theatre.
For Asheville audiences, A Christmas Carol has long been synonymous with the Montford Park Players. The theater group has found many clever ways to reimagine and reinterpret the Charles Dickens story throughout the years.
The Montford Park Players will perform their free rendition of the Shakespearean classic at the BeBe Theatre, Nov. 4-20.
Giving the typical summer outdoor theater experience a twist, director Scott Keel chose to stage the production with the audience on two sides of the cast. The actors played the show mostly on the new lower stage area.
Director Michael MacCauley discusses his introduction to Shakespeare’s first tragedy and how its bloody commentary on the senselessness of violence remains timely.
The historic festival is at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 6:30 p.m., after which the Montford Park Players will perform “Much Ado About Nothing” at 7:30 p.m.
For those turned off by classical theater, Montford Park Players 44th season opener, staged at the gorgeous Masonic Temple, may change their outlook altogether. An Evening Celebrating Shakespeare includes the one-act plays The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw and The Upstart Crow by Vincent Dowling.