In between our Mainstage season shows, we are proud to host concerts, staged readings, films and more!


Costume Drama: A Fashion Show

July 8, 2016
At the Renaissance Hotel
Silent Auction, champagne & canapes at 6:00 pm;
Show at 7:30 pm

Our signature fundraiser is back and better than ever – in fact, we’re moving it next door to the Renaissance! This eclectic evening of inventive fashion has quickly become one of the highlights of the Asheville event calendar and sells out every year!

This year’s design categories feature two new categories (Plastic and Artistic License) and two returning categories (Paper and Light).

* Choose the winners with ballot style voting
* Bid on and win unique items (including actual garments from the show) at the silent auction
* Enjoy pre-show champagne and canapes + cash bar

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For potential designers: Register and Rules


Jim David: Stand Up for Equality (And Show Tunes!)

A Benefit for Equality NC and Asheville Community Theatre

June 23, 2016 * 7:30 pm

Asheville native Jim David is the first openly gay man to have his own special on Comedy Central, Comedy Central Presents Jim David. He has appeared on ABC’s The View, HLN’s The Joy Behar Show, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, the variety special Out on the Edge, as a guest ‘comedy consultant” on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and has appeared on Comedy Central, NBC, A&E, Bravo, MTV, VH1, and Showtime. Jim has appeared on and off Broadway, in films and commercials, and many comedy festivals including HBO US Comedy Arts, TBS Las Vegas and Montreal Just for Laughs. His one-man comedy South Pathetic was produced to raves at the New York International Fringe Festival and many regional theaters – and here at ACT! Jim also produced Comedy Cares, the stand-up comedy benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Like so many, he was outraged by the passage of the discriminatory law HB2 in his beloved home state, and is happy to be doing his part raising money for Equality NC as well as his beloved ACT.

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Gary Carden’s Outlander

Presented by The Autumn Players and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville

July 31, 2016 * 2:00 pm

A piece of Smoky Mountain history will come to the stage when Outlander, written by award-winning storyteller Gary Carden, with mountain music by Joe Penland, is presented at 2 pm on Sunday, July 31 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center as a part of the Appalachian Summer Theater Series.

The play, which tells the story of the creation of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, will be performed as readers theater by The Autumn Players. Following the performance, Carden will lead a discussion of the controversies and conflicts between longtime mountain residents and the “outsiders” who advocated preservation through establishment of national park lands.

Seating will be general admission with tickets $6 at the door. For more information on the Appalachian Summer Theater Series, please visit olliasheville.com/special-programs or call OLLI at 828-251-6140.