READERS THEATRE SHOWCASE

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre Showcase was initiated by and is dedicated to the
memory of Bernie Hauserman (1937 – 2009).

*All shows at 2:30 pm * All tickets on sale at door one hour prior to the performance.*

2014-15 Season

Other Desert Cities

By Jon Robin Baitz

Directed by Anita Chapman

Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, 2014 in 35below
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

In this contemporary drama set in Palm Springs, a grown up daughter presents her parents with her soon to be published memoir in which she challenges the integrity of their actions around a tragic event in the past.  The ensuing confrontation threatens to splinter the family and compels her to face the difference between memory and truth.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

Any Wednesday

By Muriel Resnick

Directed by Walter Goodrich

Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28, 2015 in 35below
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

“A happy comedy with the giddy bubble of champagne”, in the words of one reviewer, this presents a quartet of contentious characters: a wealthy businessman who cheats on his wife, his loyal wife who’s kept in the dark, the husband’s young mistress who longs to finally get married, and a client who first assumes that the mistress must be a general offering for all those who do business with the firm. All characters get their just rewards as the plot rolls merrily to its end.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

Humble Boy

By Charlotte Jones

Directed by Jim Reid

Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015 in 35below
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

In this rich, quirky comedy, Felix, a brilliant, insecure Cambridge astrophysicist, comes home for his father’s funeral, only to learn that his mother has dumped her husband’s beloved bees—and has long been having an affair with a family friend. Funny, multi-textured, and touching.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

The Vanishing Point

By Nedra Roberts

Directed by Elliot Weiner

Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2015 in 35below
Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Trouble aplenty brews in southern Louisiana just before Hurricane Katrina. Not only is the coastline at grave environmental risk, but the St. Pe family is at risk of falling apart. Estranged son, Pierre St. Pe, an environmental engineer, returns home to deal with both his father, a fisherman bound to the old Cajun ways he’s always followed, and his brother who is now romantically linked with Pierre’s former girlfriend. The ending takes us to new possibilities, both for the environment, and for easing inter-generational conflict in a tumultuously changing world.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

Two One Act Plays

The Browning Version By Terence Rattigan
Goodbye, Howard by Romulus Linney

Directed by Jim Reid

Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29, 2015 in 35below
Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

The Browning Version is a searching, sensitive portrait of Andrew Crocker-Harris, a professor at an English public school. Once a brilliant scholar, he now must face the fact that his career, due to his rigid insistence on rules and regulations, has been a failure. His realization leads to a farewell address before a school assembly which is one his students will never forget. Goodbye, Howard is a delightful comedy involving three rich and wacky Southern sisters who gather in the lobby of a small hotel to keep watch over their gravely ill brother. There they meet a well-meaning youth from the backwoods who is every bit as wacky as they are. When they mistakenly come to believe that their brother has died, pandemonium breaks out.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

2015-16 Season

 

The Winslow Boy

By Terence Rattigan

Directed by Anita Chapman

Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015 in 35below
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Based on a real case and set just before World War I, this moving legal drama challenges the abuse of power by the strong over the weak. When a young naval cadet is falsely accused of theft and expelled from the academy, his father confronts the establishment, testing to the limits his intense belief that right must be done.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale in advance through Friday, October 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

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Table Manners

From The Norman Conquests, a trilogy of plays

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Jim Reid

Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2016 in 35below
Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Family dysfunction has never been funnier or more poignant than in this rollicking portrayal of a family reunion. Ruth, a hard-driving business executive, keeps her seemingly mousy husband, Norman, under her thumb. Clumsy, well meaning Reg is at the beck and call of his ever complaining wife, while unmarried Annie must cope with caring for the family’s bed-ridden mother, as well as a maddeningly underfoot male neighbor who hasn’t the slightest idea of how to treat her as a woman. It is Norman who takes steps to remedy everyone’s unhappiness, but his methods are so wildly unorthodox that they throw the whole gathering into a topsy- turvy circus that will bring much laughter and a few tears from the audience.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale in advance through Friday, February 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

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My Name is Asher Lev

By Aaron Posner; Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok

Directed by Arnie Sgan

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2016 in 35below
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

This takes us into the very heart of a Jewish Hasidic community in Brooklyn, but
its universal message will resonate with people from all walks of life. Young Asher Lev is born with a prodigious talent for art and a driving need to create it. His father, who devotes his life to building yeshivas and saving Jews from persecution in Stalinist Russia, denounces his son’s artistic passion, while his mother, becomes torn by the conflict between her husband and son. As Asher matures, he cannot help but follow his creative energies, even as he witnesses his mother’s increasing torment. Seeking a way to depict her pain, he uses the image of a crucifixion in a painting, thus bringing about an anguished resolution within his family and his community.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale in advance through Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

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Good People

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by RoseLynn Katz

Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 2016 in 35below
Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale in advance through Friday, May 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

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The Circle

By Somerset Maugham

Directed by Elliot Weiner

Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, 2016 in 35below
Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

This witty drama from 1921 brings both period charm as well as ageless questions about the human condition that never leave us. Is it better to remain in a dull but decent marriage or to leave it behind, causing pain to those rejected, for the sake of a passionate love affair? We see this situation acted out as Lord Cheney, on a visit to his son and daughter-in-law, meets up unexpectedly with his ex-wife, the flighty Lady Kitty and her lover with whom she ran off many years ago. To further complicate the matter is the fact that the daughter-in-law plans to desert her stuffy husband for a lover of her own. Thus, life comes full circle in what is considered Maugham’s finest work for the stage.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $6.00 (includes North Carolina state sales tax) and are on sale in advance through Friday, August 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.*

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