Brief Encounters 2015

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Contact: Lucia Gray,

The Magnetic Theatre will be opening a program of 6 short plays May 2nd at their new theatre, Magnetic 375, in the River Arts District. These 6 scripts were chosen from over 300 submissions from across the country and right here in Asheville.

This production marks the return of the Magnetic’s Brief Encounters series, a semi-annual program of short work which honors the Magnetic’s tradition of producing original plays. The show is co-produced by Katie Anne Towner, an Associate Artistic Director of the Magnetic Theatre, and Lucia Gray, Managing Director and also Associate Artistic Director. “Brief Encounters is theatre for those with short attention spans,” says Towner, “Each play is totally different, and just long enough to tell a quick story, make you laugh, or pack an emotional punch before it's over.”

Brief Encounters 2015 also serves as the soft opening for Magnetic 375, the Magnetic Theatre’s new venue at 375 Depot Street. This is the first time the Magnetic Theatre has had their own performance space since the Magnetic Field closed in 2013.

The plays are primarily comedic, poking fun at driving school, office culture, family life, hipster talk, and more. The exception is The Tug of Love, a haunting study of love gone tragically wrong. Gray describes the plays that were selected this year as “quirky, hilarious, and a little edgy. This year was different from years prior because of the sheer amount of submissions, which was totally unexpected, but our community banded together and we worked through it to create a full evening of exciting new work for the stage.”

The New Magnetic Theatre!

Wonderful news! Approaching our 5th anniversary, The Magnetic Theatre has a new lease on life—a 10-year lease! In early 2015, Asheville’s home for original works will once again have a year-round home of its own: Magnetic 375, at 375 Depot Street, directly across from our former River Arts District digs, but bigger and better!


Steve and Wes Keull, owners of the building and the space they are graciously renovating for us, are creating an extraordinary opportunity for The Magnetic Theatre and our like-minded friends and associates in the locally grown performing arts community. Expect to see fresh theatrical firsts from veteran Magnetic playwrights Steven Samuels, Lucia Del Vecchio, John Crutchfield, Julian Vorus, and Jim Julien, and more of the great talents who live and work in this special city. Importantly, we’ll also host such Asheville favorites as “No She Didn’t,” LYLAS, The Feral Chihuahuas, Bombs Away Cabaret, 40 Fingers and a Missing Tooth, and others too numerous to mention! We can only hint at the wonders in store!

And, of course, there’s always the latest annual edition of The Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular!

But this will all cost money.

Please help The Magnetic Theatre outfit and launch Magnetic 375 properly. Make your tax-deductible contribution, of any size, today:

By Check (So we get every penny you give!):

The Magnetic Theatre, Inc.,
P.O.B. 16525, Asheville, NC, 28816


By Credit / Debit card, click here:

Give us a hand now, and we can all look forward to an astonishing array of Asheville-centric world premieres for the next decade to come…maybe more!


The Magnetic Theatre, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We would be happy to share our governing documents, conflict of interest policy, financial statements, and IRS Forms 1023 and 990 upon request. For further information, please email