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STAND UP SPOTLIGHT

ART STURTEVANT – Tales from the Sturteverse

The Magnetic Theatre presents the third in our Stand-Up Spotlight Series

A one-night only performance, by a very funny human.

Art Sturtevant is a smart, funny comic with the interests of a 20-year old and the body of a middle-age man. His observations on pop culture, being a father and how you can change so much and so little over the span of decades have cracked up audiences all over the East Coast. Art has performed at Laughing Skull, Comedy Zones, Side Splitters, The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Cola Con Comedy Festival, and — back in the day — NYC’s Comedy Cellar, Catch a Rising Star, Sweeps and Triple Inn. Art’s a contributing writer for Asheville Disclaimer, a weekly satire publication.

Tickets $10 (plus applicable tax)

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OPENING JULY 5

SOME THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS
(A Final Evening with the Illuminati)

By Larry Larson and Levi Lee

Set in a bombed-out, post-apocalyptic sanctuary of an abandoned church; the Reverend Eddie (who’s grip on reality is admittedly questionable) prepares for a final worship service, before the world ends. Abetted by his faithful helper, the hunch-backed Brother Lawrence, Reverend Eddie first embarks on a series of wildly funny skits in which Saint Paul and Saint Timothy discuss the shaky position of women in religion; an applicant for sainthood agonizes over what form of martyrdom to pursue; and the Reverend challenges the Devil to a final showdown on the basketball court. Throughout, there is the unseen but undeniable presence of “The Illuminati,” a mysterious but all-powerful force which guides the destiny of what’s left of the world. First produced in Louisville, Kentucky at the prestigious Humana Festival of New Plays, this is the first production of Lee and Larson’s comedy in Asheville.

The production pens on July 5 and continues through July 14. All performances will be at the The Magnetic Theatre, located at 375 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District. Performances are 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There is a 2:30pm performance on Sunday, July 8. Tickets range from $12.00 to $16.

The production is being directed by Magnetic Theatre Associate Producer, Rodney Smith, and features Asheville-area actors Darren Marshall as the Reverend Eddie and Scott Fisher as Brother Lawrence. Elizabeth Ziegler is serving as the scenic and props designer. Costume design is by Kayren McKnight and Jason Williams is designing the lighting

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LIVE INTERVIEW WITH COMIC BOOK LEGEND MIKE GRELL

Sunday June 24, 7:30 PM.

Iconic comic book artist and writer, Mike Grell is making a few special stops in Asheville, ahead of his appearance at the Knoxville Fanboy Expo on June 29 – July 1. Grell will be vacationing in Asheville a week ahead of the show, and is planning a few special surprises for local fans.
This will be a live interview show hosted by Jeff Messer.  The interview will be a ticketed event and is being filmed for eventual release. The format of the interview is similar to the TV hit “Inside The Actor’s Studio” but with comic book creators. The Grell interview will serve as a pilot episode for a proposed streaming series, which is already getting some interest from TV and film producers.
Grell grew to fame with his  artwork in DC Comics in the mid 1970s, with Green Lantern, The Legion of Super Heroes, and Grell’s own original creation, The Warlord. In the early 1980s, Grell was among the first of the elite creators of the day to forge out as an independent creator, with companies that promised creator ownership of their works. He created such books as Starslayer, and his most enduring work, Jon Sable Freelance (which was a short-lived TV show in the late 1980s, starring Renee Russo). In the mid-80s he returned to DC Comics to reinvent Green Arrow, creating what remains the definitive take on the character (much of the CW network TV show is modeled off of his concepts, and the show even included a name drop of a Judge Grell in the pilot episode.)
Fans who stop by Comic Envy on June 23 and get an original sketch by Grell will also get a free ticket to the Interview show at The Magnetic Theatre on the 24th. All audience members for the live taping will have a chance to ask questions, and win both prints and original pieces by Grell during the show.
Comic Envy appearances: Saturday June 23, 11 AM to 6 PM and Wednesday June 27, 3 PM to 6 PM.
Live Interview Filming at The Magnetic Theatre: Sunday June

But Tickets 24, 7:30 PM.
Tickets are $10.