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

Our 2013-14 season includes performances produced by local theatre groups – and we’re thrilled to continue Listen to This, our popular monthly storytelling series!

All in the Timing

By David Ives; Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company

December 5-22, 2013; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm

Poster showing silhouette of man dangling from clockThis critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of short comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. When this evening of six one-act comedies premiered in 1993, Vincent Canby of The New York Times said “Ives is wizardly…magical and funny…a master of language.” Canby also told audiences “Drop-everything-and-go!”–and audiences did, for more than 600 performances.
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January 16-25, 2014; Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Asheville’s all-female sketch comedy troupe is back with an all new original show! LYLAS (“Love Ya Like A Sis”) has performed at ACT, NC Stage, and The Magnetic Field and has consistently sold out performances for all of their past shows. The troupe brought down the house at the Carolina Sketchfest and has been consistently voted one of the area’s top comedy troupes by readers of the Mountain Xpress.
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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

By Terrence McNally; Produced by Jeff Catanese & Cary Nichols

February 6-23, 2014; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm

*Thursday, February 13 performance cancelled due to snow.

A romantic comedy for grown ups…

In a walk-up apartment on Manhattan’s West Side, Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant) are in bed. Johnny is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she, at first, considers to be ridiculous. She has had more disappointments than delights in life, and he is the veteran of one broken marriage already. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth. Despite this, the promise of a relationship beyond a “one-night stand” does begin to emerge.

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Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen, Book by Hunter Bell; Produced by Performing Arts Laboratory

March 6-22, 2014; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm

Two friends race to create a musical in time to meet a festival deadline.A musical about writing a musical! When two young writers race to create a new musical in just three weeks to meet a festival deadline, they must navigate creative differences and commercial success. This love letter to musical theatre and the joy of collaboration is brimming with wit and enthusiasm!

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Women and Wallace

By Jonathan Marc Sherman; Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company

April 3-19, 2014; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm

A remarkable first play, written when the author was eighteen, and produced in New York as part of the 7th Annual Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons. Fast moving, and very funny, the play traces the growing up of a young man who must deal both with his mother’s suicide and with the sometimes unsettling attentions of the various females who come into his life. “…a deeply felt play with an original and impressive comic edge. Sherman’s is indeed a fresh, remarkably mature voice.” —NY Daily News. “WOMEN AND WALLACE is without doubt one of the strongest one-acts to come along in a long time. The play is startling, fresh and wise in its verbal dexterity and its knowledge of characterizations.” —BackStage.

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Listen to This – Stories in Performance

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

August 29, 2013 * September 26, 2013 * October 31, 2013 * November 21, 2013 * January 30, 2014 * February 27, 2014 * March 27, 2014 * April 24, 2014 * May 29, 2014 * June 26, 2014 * August 28, 2014 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.

April 24, 2014 – “Puff, Puff, Pass the Mic” - 4/20 Tales aka Cannabis Recollections

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