The Magnetic Theatre Premieres Julian Vorus’s MOTHERTONGUE (A Dank, Dark Comedy) In Extended Run!

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Winner of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival 2016 award for "pushing the boundaries of storytelling"! Jeff Messer raved in the Mountain Xpress about this "wildly twisted tale of dark family dysfunction. Reminiscent of the starkly moving work of Sam Shepard, Vorus channels that balance of quirky, disturbing and disarmingly laugh-out-loud funny. It is impossible to predict what peculiar turn the story will take next, and you can’t take your eyes off it!" 

Extended Run: Thursdays-Saturdays, January 28-30 and February 4-6, at 7:30 PM  

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Local performance poet Julian Vorus has been playing with theater for years. His strange, dark, and frequently hilarious Rock Saber, Red Black White, and The Bog have all been produced by both the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and The Magnetic Theatre. The two producing entities have teamed up again to present Vorus’s latest, Mothertongue, in the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival (Thursday and Saturday, January 21 and 23, at 9:00 PM), with The Magnetic Theatre extending the run for the subsequent two weekends (Thursdays-Saturdays, January 28-30 and February 4-6, at 7:30 PM). All performances will take place at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District).

What is Mothertongue about? Ghosts in the bathroom. Drugs in the brassiere. Uncontrolled scratching. And so much more. 

In Vorus’s most traditionally structured play to date, Roger Cross returns home from his first year away at college to find his mother, younger brother, and uncle still recovering from the death of Roger’s father eighteen months prior. Grief is exsanguinated and family dynamics are distorted in this psycho-sexually perverse, dark comedy. The dramaturgy may be traditional. The content, decidedly, is not. Mothertongue is recommended for mature audiences only.

Mothertongue stars Magnetic veterans Alphie Hyorth, Allen T. Law, and Devyn Ray, and Magnetic newcomers Delina Hensley (of LaZoom and LYLAS) and Tristan Cameron (most recently seen in The Boys Next Door). Magnetic Theatre Artistic Director Steven Samuels directs.


21284_959978587370053_8605542808422358422_nA Benefit for The Magnetic Theatre!

Friday, February 5, at 10 PM.

Tickets only $5 and only at the door!

Before becoming a daring and controversial playwright, author of Rock Saber, Red Black WhiteThe Bog, and the "laugh-out-loud funny" Mothertongue, Julian Vorus established himself as a daring and controversial performance poet.

In honor of his latest world premiere, The Magnetic Theatre is presenting a special one-time only, late-night performance of a selection of Julian's outrageous poems (and a brief one-act) with an extraordinary array of talent, including Greg Brown, Mondy Carter, Lucia Del Vecchio, Chall Gray, Cody Magouirk, Erik Moellering, Darren Marshall, Devyn Ray, Steve Shanafelt, Samantha Stewart, Julian Vorus, and Mary Zogzas.

Hosted by Magnetic Theatre Artistic Director Steven Samuels, this unforgettable hour of laughter and madness is presented as a benefit for The Magnetic Theatre.

Be there!  



The Magnetic Theatre Seeks One-Act Plays, Actors, and Directors For BRIEF ENCOUNTERS 2016

As part of its ongoing playwright-development program, The Magnetic Theatre seeks original one-act plays from writers in the greater Asheville area. Between 4 and 6 plays previously unproduced professionally will be presented at Magnetic 375, in the River Arts District, in next June’s Brief Encounters 2016, the fourth edition of the evening-length series. Selected playwrights will be paid a share of royalties, which this year amounted to more than $100 each. The deadline for submissions is February 7.

We are looking for scripts 10-20 minutes in length, and all genres, styles, and tones are eligible for consideration in this eclectic event. Cast size should not exceed 6 actors, and smaller is better due to the complex rehearsal schedule. Production requirements (set, costumes, props, lighting effects) should be minimal.

Plays should be submitted for consideration, in appropriate playscript format, electronically (as a PDF or Final Draft file) to Managing and Associate Artistic Director Lucia Del Vecchio, at, no later than February 7. Selections will be announced in March.

Additionally, open-call auditions for the production will be held in March. Interested parties should “friend” The Magnetic Theatre on Facebook and Twitter, or check the company’s website, for the announcement of audition dates.

Those interested in directing a one-act in Brief Encounters 2016 should contact Artistic Director Steven Samuels, at, at their earliest convenience.

He's b-a-a-c-k! Limited engagement!

Don't miss your chance to immerse yourself in... 





Feb 11 & 12, Preview nights:

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Feb 13-27, Thursday-Saturday nights:

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When The Magnetic Theatre debuted Jim Julien's The Caro Savanti Experience in a sold-out run at the BeBe in July 2013, Tony Kiss of the Asheville Citizen-Times called it "wild fun. The Magnetic Theatre really has something cooking with its latest original comic romp. Darren Marshall gives an amazing performance as a crazed celebrity chef, pushed to the edge as he opens a new Asheville restaurant and tapes a pilot for a proposed reality TV show." He went on to call it "pure comic insantiy" and "one of the funniest shows yet from the Magnetic!"

We've longed to bring it back so more people would have a chance to see a show that's only grown more relevant and funny as Asheville's restaurant/foodie scene continues to expand. This edition, directed by Elliot Weiner, stars Darren Marshall, reprising the title role, and a new supporting cast: Kristen Aldrich, Julianne Arnall, Mandy Bean, Travis Kelley, Jenni Robinson, Jason Williams, and Mike Yow.

Caro only plays three weekends (Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 PM, February 11-27), so get your seat at the table while you can!

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