WORLD PREMIERE: THE JACOB HIGGINBOTHAM SHOW!

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AWARD-WINNING JOHN CRUTCHFIELD RETURNS TO ASHEVILLE AND THE MAGNETIC THEATRE FOR WORLD PREMIERE: THE JACOB HIGGINBOTHAM SHOW!

Discount previews Thursday & Friday, August 20 & 21, @ 7:30 PM, $12 in advance/$15 at the door (tax and fees included).

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Performances Thursday-Saturday, August 22-September 12, @ 7:30 PM, $18 in advance/$21 at the door (tax and fees included).

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Not since his award-winning one-man lyric-drama, The Songs of Robert, has writer and performer John Crutchfield held himself up to public ridicule with such brave and solitary determination. His latest solo play, The Jacob Higginbotham Show, is set in our very own Asheville (or, at least, in somebody's Asheville), and tells the story of a strange little man “of a certain age” who has the bizarre habit of making spontaneous marriage proposals. These are universally rejected, of course, “until one day...”

Since 2009, audiences of the erstwhile No Shame Theatre at NC Stage, of Magnetic Midnight at The Magnetic Theatre, of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, and of the Juniper Bends Reading Series at Downtown Books and News have been tantalized by glimpses of Higginbotham as a work-in-progress. Now, the completed play will have its long-awaited world premiere in a Magnetic Theatre production, directed by and starring the playwright. It had better be good.

Working with sound designer and d.j. Mary Zogzas, and drawing on his own extensive experience as poet, musician, dancer, and abuser of home furnishings, Crutchfield creates a world that is at once magical and harrowing, beautiful and strange, and finally, very, very awkward.Cruthfield’s previous productions by The Magnetic Theatre include Ruth; The Labyrinth; Solstice; The Strange and Tragical Adventures of Pinocchio, or Why Didn’t I Just Stay a Damn Puppet?, and The Songs of Robert and Landscape with Missing Person, both of which were also produced by The Magnetic Theatre in The New York International Fringe Festival, in 2009 and 2013, respectively.

The Magnetic Takes New York!

After two successful runs in its home base of Asheville, The Magnetic Theatre will bring #OUCH! to the 19th annual New York International Fringe Festival August 21-29.

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screenshot-dochub.com 2015-07-29 21-35-44Maryedith Burrell, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter and performer best known for her stints on Seinfeld, Parenthood, Fridays, and SNL, returns to the New York stage in her own #OUCH! (An Accidental Comedy), a hilarious and harrowing one-woman show about the trials and tribulations of modern health care. Jeff Messer, of Asheville’s 880therevolution and the Mountain Xpress, calls #OUCH! “A winner...brutally honest...riotously funny...deeply insightful...a major win for The Magnetic Theatre,” and concludes, “I can't recommend it enough!”

After two successful runs in its home base of Asheville, The Magnetic Theatre will bring #OUCH! to the 19th annual New York International Fringe Festival August 21-29. Acceptance into FringeNYC is extremely competitive, and The Magnetic Theatre is proud that #OUCH! will represent the company’s third appearance in this prestigious festival—a rare accomplishment. (The Magnetic’s first turn in FringeNYC, John Crutchfield’s The Songs of Robert, directed by #OUCH!’s Steven Samuels, took home a solo performance award in 2009.)

Produced and directed by Magnetic Theatre Artistic Director Steven Samuels, formerly of New York’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company and Washington, DC’s Arena Stage, #OUCH! features incredible sound, visual, and animation design by Tommy Calloway of Asheville’s Feral Chihuahuas and Tommy Gun Productions.

Maryedith Burrell, a comedienne with a pedigree that includes work with Steve Martin, Larry David, Robin Williams, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and innumerable others, began her career improvising with The Groundlings and Second City. She has since gone on to star in five TV series and to guest star on countless others, including The Tonight Show. Along with a successful acting career, Ms. Burrell is also a screenwriter and author. As a screenwriter, she has worked with everybody from Ron Howard and Francis Coppola to Tim Burton, Disney, and Pixar. Her essays have been published by St. Martin’s Press, and she penned a humorous web column, Ms.Biz, for American Express. She moved to Asheville several years ago for the “beer and the BBQ” and stayed to get a Masters from UNCA and to teach screenwriting at NYS3. She credits the Asheville scene with “getting the funny flowing” and describes her show as “short, smart, and gluten free.”

Tickets available online on July 17 at www.fringenyc.org. #OUCH! plays Venue #11 (64E4 Mainstage) Friday 8/21 @ 5:15 PM, Saturday 8/22 @ 2:45 PM, Monday 8/24 @ 7:00 PM, Wednesday 8/26 @ 3:15 PM, & Saturday 8/29 @ 7:00 PM.


 

THE ASHEVILLE YES FEST!

Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, @ 7:30 & 9:30

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The Asheville Yes Fest! is coming to The Magnetic Theatre through September 24-26.

The best-loved improv troupes in the greater Asheville area come together for three special nights of unrivaled entertainment, featuring Reasonably Priced Babies, No Regets, Blacklist Improv, and the return of The OxyMorons!

Come out to see insanely gifted people using way too much brain power to make up everything on the spot, and then to make it all up again! The Asheville Yes Fest! pairs these groups like fabulous food and fine wine (or, if you prefer, craft beer) to bring you some of the most creative, laugh-filled performances you will ever see! Like a good improviser, say “Yes” to The Asheville Yes Fest!

Asheville’s latest festival, The Asheville Yes Fest!, will be presented Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, at 7:30 and 9:30 PM each night. The four improv troupes are mixed and matched in such a way that, should one wish, one can see all four troupes in any one night.
www.themagnetictheatre.org. Box office telephone: 828.239.9250.