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.*

2013-14 Season

Hobson’s Choice

By Harold Brighouse

Directed by Arnie Sgan

Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, 2013 in 35below
Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

This lighthearted comedy, set in Victorian England, surprises us with its playful feminist message. A domineering father puts his three daughters to work in his shoe shop while he gallivants around town. He dismisses his oldest daughter as an old maid without any future but she turns the tables on him to give him a real run for his money.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $5.00 and are on sale at door one hour prior to the performance.*

Come Back, Little Sheba

By William Inge

Directed by RoseLynn Katz

Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, 2014 in 35below
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Set in a small Midwestern town in the days of double features at the movies, this play
focuses on Doc and Lola, a married couple who seem to live a placid, contented existence. But when their sexy young boarder plays temptress to two men at the same time, an alcohol fueled explosion rips through a marriage too long based on frustration and broken dreams.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $5.00 and are on sale at door one hour prior to the performance.*

Last of the Aztecs

By Joe Feinstein

Directed by Wayne Wheeler

Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, 2014 in 35below
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

A poignant comedy about an elderly man coming to grips with being the last of the guys in his social group to survive, as well as the impending death of his wife. When she inevitably departs, the widows of their social group gather to claim the remaining male member and long held secrets are humorously revealed.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $5.00 and are on sale at door one hour prior to the performance.*

Ghosts

By Henrik Ibsen, Translation by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Anita Chapman

Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2014 in 35below
Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

In this classic family drama set in Norway in the 1880’s, a mother who has devoted her life to keeping up appearances finds herself haunted by the past when her son comes home with a mysterious illness.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $5.00 and are on sale at door one hour prior to the performance.*

The Lion in Winter

By James Goldman

Directed by Jim Reid

Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, 2014 in 35below
Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

There’s plenty of gamesmanship mixed with driving ambition at the palace of King Henry II when the king, his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who has been imprisoned under her husband’s command, and their three sons gather together to determine who shall inherit the throne of England.

*All shows at 2:30 pm * Tickets are $5.00 and are 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 Andy Reed

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 Beth Ely

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 Terrence 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.*