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

Our 2016-17 season includes performances produced by local theatre groups. Plus, we’re thrilled to continue Listen to This, our popular monthly storytelling series.

How I Learned to Drive

By Paula Vogel
Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company * Directed by Marci Bernstein

November 4-20, 2016
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

How I Learned to Drive tells the awkward story of one rural Maryland girl’s coming-of-age as it relates to her relationship with her middle-aged Uncle Peck. Drive won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and just about every off-Broadway award under the sun. This modern classic is NOT to be missed!
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The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris; Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Produced by Bradshaw Call

December 14-18, 2016
Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm
Late Night Performances: Friday and Saturday at 9:30 pm
Sunday at 2:30 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 15th year in a row for this show at ACT!

Note: The Santaland Diaries is geared for adults only. Please, no children.

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The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Music by Eric Rockwell; Lyrics by Joanne Bogart;
Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart
Produced by Misty Theisen

January 6-22, 2017
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

*Update: Added performance Sunday, January 22 at 7:30 pm

Times are hard. Why see one musical when you can see five at the same time? The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a hilarious satire in five acts, each of which tells the exact same basic plot about a young woman unable to pay rent to her evil landlord. However, every act is performed in the style of a different famous composer – from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim to Andrew Lloyd Webber! You don’t need to catch all the references to historical shows to still love every minute of this fast-paced comic valentine.
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Almost, Maine

By John Cariani
Produced and directed by Reeni Lindblom Dowd

February 3-19, 2017
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
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Songs for a New World

Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Produced and directed by Mark Jones

March 3-19, 2017
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs For A New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges Of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.
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This is Our Youth

By Kenneth Lonergan
Produced by The Actor’s Center of Asheville * Directed by Robert Dale Walker

March 31-April 16, 2017
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Penned by Pulitzer prize nominated playwright Kenneth Lonergan, This is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young souls living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the dawn of the Reagan era. Funny, painful, and compassionate, the play provides a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood.
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The Realistic Joneses

By Will Eno
Produced by Ellipsis Theatre Company * Directed by Elissa Peragine

May 5-21, 2017
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Meet the Joneses, and their new neighbors the Joneses. They discuss their lives. Their relationships intertwine. They discover the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. Like a sitcom from a weird, melancholy world, “plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses do not appear often… Or ever, really” (The New York Times).
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By Nick Payne
Produced and directed by Jason Williams

June 2-18, 2017
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Roland, a beekeeper and Marianne, a physicist, meet at a barbecue and hit it off, or do they? Perhaps in one universe things will work out well for the couple, while simultaneously in another they won’t. Nick Payne’s Tony Nominated Constellations explores relationships, love, and loss amidst the quantum multiverse.
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Gruesome Playground Injuries

By Rajiv Joseph
Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company * Directed by Jeff Catanese

July 14-30, 2017
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

A poignant comedy, Gruesome Playground Injuries follows Kayleen and Doug’s odd connection as they find a certain kinship in a series of life-altering calamities. Shouldn’t every great love story leave permanent scars? Written by the award-winning author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
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Listen to This – Stories in Performance

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

September 29, 2016 * October 27, 2016 * November 17, 2016 * January 26, 2017 *  February 23, 2017 * March 23, 2017 * April 27, 2017 * May 25, 2017 * June 29, 2017 * July 27, 2017 * August 31, 2017 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.

Thursday, January 26: When Life Pelts You With Lemons

Thursday, February 23: Best Of Listen to This

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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.