Off the Rails!
World Premiere of Lucia Del Vecchio’s “Rollicking Farce,” OFF THE RAILS!
August 25 & 26 at 7:30pm.
Tickets $16 online, $19 at the doorGet Preview Tickets
Opening night August 27. Continues Thursdays-Saturdays through September 24. All performances at 7:30 PM.
Tickets $21 online/$24 at the doorGet Tickets
MAGNETIC LATE-SUMMER FUN!
Just in time to celebrate the end of summer, The Magnetic Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Lucia Del Vecchio’s Off the Rails, the company’s first flat-out, hilarious, sex-filled farce. Del Vecchio, The Magnetic’s managing and associate artistic director, is best known for previous Magnetic smash hits Shangri-La; MILF, The Musical; and last fall’s The Employee Handbook Revision Committee. Long-time Del Vecchio collaborator and company artistic director, Steven Samuels, directs. And Tracey Johnston-Crum, a Magnetic regular and one of Asheville’s favorite actors (as cited in Mountain Xpress’s “Best of” poll), stars along with other Magnetic veterans and newcomers to our stage.
Off the Rails features all the madcap zaniness typical of farce (slamming doors, mistaken identities, terrible misunderstandings, and sexual shenanigans) in a contemporary setting, with a fresh, original story. On a prenuptial trip across Europe in a refurbished, antique train, Hollywood action star Gabriella (Johnston-Crum) and her tech-mogul fiancée Aidan (Scott Bean) have their happily-ever- after plans derailed. Wedding guests/fellow passengers (James Meador, Tippin, Cody Magouirk, Christine Eide) join the occasionally happy couple and the train’s conductor (Scott Fisher) and maid (Meg Hale Brunton) on a whistle-stop tour during which some fall in and out of love, and not everyone is who they seem. Baggage includes heavy drinking, a knife, a gun, and a mysterious burka-clad figure. By the end of the line, will the wedding be on the right or Off the Rails is one train wreck you won’t want to miss!
Photo Credit: Rodney Smith/Tempus Fugit Design
The Bernstein Family Christmas Preview Party
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
It’s Christmas in July! Every year, The Magnetic Theatre’s Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular sells out its entire run, often before the show even opens. If you’ve ever felt frustrated because you missed your chance to get tickets to the show the Asheville Citizen-Times calls “the Christmas show to see in Asheville”, then be sure to attend The Magnetic Theatre’s first public fund-raiser, The Bernstein Family Christmas Preview Party on September 14. All your favorite Bernstein characters will be in attendance and will perform special Bernstein numbers, including a glimpse of the new show, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase your seats to this year’s production before everyone else gets a shot in October. Tax-deductible tickets to the fund-raiser will go on sale July 25, to celebrate a little Bernstein Christmas magic in July!
Sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery and Grapevine Distributors, this fun evening will give you a chance to rub elbows (or more, depending on how many drinks they have!) with the Bernstein family. In addition to being able to take holiday photos with Baby Jesus and Judy Bernstein, ticket-buyers can participate in a raffle for a 30-second, personal commercial spot in the show that can be used to advertise your business or your marriage proposal! (Some restrictions apply.) A silent auction will include such items as dinner for four at the Edison at Grove Park Inn, a massage, dinner at The Junction with Judy Bernstein, LaZoom tickets, and other local items. Join Jerry Bernstein on a tour of the theatre dressing room and backstage, or donate to Jamaica as she Passes the Yarmulke to support The Magnetic Theatre’s ongoing efforts to bring dynamic new work, locally grown, to the stage.
Don’t miss your chance to toast a frosty beverage (from Oskar Blues) or a glass of fine wine (from Grapevine Distributors) to the impending season side by side with Jimbo Bernstein, see a teaser scene from the new show, and hear Judy sing her trademark “Silver Balls.” Tickets to the event are $25, tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, and include two free drinks, appetizers, and the chance to buy tickets to The 45th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular weeks before they go on sale to the general public!
Attic Salt Theater: Saturdays on Stage!
The Attic Salt Theatre Company presents "Saturdays on Stage" at Magnetic 375 - Family shows on Saturday mornings at 10am! Click the image to learn more!
“WHEN JEKYLL MET HYDE” RETURNS TO THE STAGE IN AN ALL-NEW PRODUCTION!
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!
When The Magnetic Theatre opened its world premiere of Steven Samuels’ When Jekyll Met Hyde in January 2011, it was an immediate, huge hit, selling out nearly all of its extended run, delighting critics and audiences alike. David Hopes of Mountain Express raved that “you realize that theater can be stranger and more exciting than you had dared hope,” that “you realize you have been laughing uproariously at tragedy without catching yourself until the applause begins,” and that “what you’re seeing is a minor masterpiece, a philosophical treatise disguised as a lewd skit.”
Written as an homage to Samuels’ master Charles Ludlam and his Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the script, in Ridiculous fashion, draws on every written, dramatized, and filmed version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic imaginable, as well as many relevant 19th century literary and philosophical works, all for the sake of provoking the shock of laughter. Featuring an unusual feminist twist and a surprise ending, When Jekyll Met Hyde will be presented in an all-new production honoring the source material’s Victorian setting. The cast, also entirely new, stars Erik Moellering in the title roles (Moellering will be familiar to Magnetic audiences as the antic, befuddled Jerry in the Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular and as Biff in Death of a Salesman, contrasting performances that make him perfect for Jekyll and Hyde); Cody Magouirk (Death of a Salesman, Brief Encounters 2016, Off the Rails) as the Reverend Hastie Lanyon; Sarah Felmet (Tartuffe) as “Miss Gina” and Mrs. Hawkins; and, in her introduction to the Magnetic stage, recent Asheville-returnee Julia Cunningham (a Montford Park Players veteran) in the pivotal roles of Claire Lanyon and Miss Fanny. Samuels himself, who also directs, and who has been seen at The Magnetic this year in The Improbables, Death of a Salesman, and Brief Encounters 2016, assays the part of Jekyll’s manservant, Poole.
“When Jekyll Met Hyde is, without question, my most popular play to date and the one I’m asked most often to revive,” Samuels says. “The new setting and this wonderful new cast will make this production strikingly different and an absolute joy.”
Low-priced previews September 29-30. Opening night October 1. Continues Thursdays-Saturdays through October 29. All performances at 7:30 PM. Previews $16 online/$19 at the door. All other performances $21 online/$24 at the door. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D.
Photo Credit: Rodney Smith/Tempus Fugit Design