Welcome to 35below, ACT’s intimate black box performance space.

Our 2014-15 season includes performances produced by local theatre groups – and we’re thrilled to continue Listen to This, our popular monthly storytelling series!

We are currently accepting proposals for our 2015-16 season in 35below. For more information, please download our 35below Guidelines. To submit your proposal, please use our 35below Proposal Form.


God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza; Translated by Christopher Hampton
Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company
Directed by Jeff Catanese

November 7-23, 2014
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award. A playground altercation between 11 year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, the gloves come off.
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The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris; Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Produced by Bradshaw Call * Directed by Betsy Puckett

December 11-20, 2014
Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 & 9:30 pm

When an out of work slacker takes a job as an elf in Macy’s Santaland, his hilarious observations of the shoppers and employees are much more naughty than nice. This one-man-act can only be described one way: crazy funny. It’s the 13th year in a row for this show at ACT!
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John & Jen

Lyrics by Tom Greenwald, Music by Andrew Lippa
Book by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald
Produced and directed by Mark Jones and Kelli Mullinix

January 9-25, 2015
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

A truly original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.
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By Stephen Belber
Produced and directed by Elliot Weiner

March 6-22, 2015
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

In a cheap motel room in Lansing, MI, three former high school friends find themselves in a situation that is both intriguing and frighteningly possible. Tape is a suspenseful, high-stakes story that examines questions of motive, memory, truth and perception.”a most imaginative and superbly written theater piece … masterfully cast and directed … This is dynamo theater with no bells and whistles” – J. Cavener, Asheville Citizen-Times
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Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at the Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot

Produced, directed, and written by Waylon Wood

May 8-24, 2015
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

In a small town in the Florida Panhandle, a series of correspondence has been found between two people: she works at Piggly Wiggly, he is a plumber. This WNC Premiere tells the story of their lives, their town, and their love – with the added deliciousness of unearthing someone else’s private letters.
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Listen to This – Stories in Performance

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

September 18, 2014 * October 30, 2014 * November 20, 2014 * January 29, 2015 * February 26, 2015 * March 26, 2015 * April 30, 2015 * May 28, 2015 * June 25, 2015 * July 30, 2015 * August 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life,” Listen to This is an evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme (past shows have featured stories about everything from gluttony to mistaken identity). Real people. Real stories. Real good times.
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Note: “Listen to This” is intended for adult audiences and may contain language or themes that may be inappropriate for young listeners.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
“It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To: Fond Memories of Funerals, Wakes, and Memorials.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015
“It’s Not the Humidity. It’s the Heat: Tales of Trials and Tribulations in Triple Degree Temperatures”

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