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 are on sale in advance until noon on the Friday the show opens. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance.*

2015-16 Season


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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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