BY ASHEVILLE PLAYWRIGHT, DAVID BRENDAN HOPES
OPENS THE MAGNETIC THEATRE 2018 SEASON
Thursdays-Saturdays through February 17 ($16). All performances at 7:30 PM.
$10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D. All admissions are subject to North Carolina Sales Tax.
Asheville-based writer, poet, actor, and playwright David Brendan Hopes’ award-winning, coming-of-age drama, Night Music will open on February 1, at The Magnetic Theatre Company for a three-week run. This is the first production in The Magnetic Theatre’s 2018 Mainstage Season.
Hopes is an accomplished and prolific writer with numerous awards and accolades for his poetry, prose, and plays. Night Music won the 2017 North Carolina New Play Award and had its world premiere at the Drama Center in Greensboro, North Carolina last year. This will be the third play by Hopes to be presented at the Magnetic Theatre; Washington Place and Uranium235 both had their world-premiere at The Magnetic Theatre in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Night Music is a coming-of-age story about a pair of boyhood friends -- the intense, intellectual Cleve, and easy-going, athletic Jesse. As the pair take a camping trip in the mountains, young Philomela watches the play of their flashlights high on a hill in the forest and imagines she is seeing the love of her life. She is; but is it Jesse or Cleve?
“Though it is almost undetectable now, I wrote Night Music in response to the massacre at Virginia Tech a number of years ago. As a college professor, I have been involved in student lives for a number of years, and that dark event made me wonder about the lives these young people led before their intersection with history” commented Hopes about the inspiration behind Night Music. “Those who know the event fairly well will hear the echoes. But the second thing it was about--and the thing it is still about--is how we find our role in life according to those who journey with us. How would you be different if you hadn't met that special friend at camp? How would you be different if your first love had been someone else? If you had learned one song rather than another? There's no way of knowing; theater allows us to speculate.“
David Brendan Hopes is a prolific playwright. His plays Abbott’s Dance, 7 Reece Mews, Edward the King, and, most recently, The Loves of Mr. Lincoln have been produced in New York.
Night Music was the recipient of the 2017 North Carolina New Play Project Award (an award that Hopes also received for his play Saint Patrick’s Well.) His memoir, A Childhood in the Milky Way was a National Book Award and Pulitzer nominee. He teaches creative writing at UNC-Asheville.
The cast of Night Music features Quinn Morris and Ryan Miller as Cleve and Jesse, respectively. Serena Dotson-Smith appears as Philomena. Scenic design by Julia Cunningham, lighting design by Jason Williams, and sound design by Mary Zogzas. Marissa Wilson is the production stage manager.
MOUNTAIN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
A WORLD DEBUT BY HONOR MOOR
Thursdays-Saturdays from February 22 through March 10 ($16). All performances at 7:30 PM.
Low-priced previews February 22 and 23 ($12), All other performances $16. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D. All admissions are subject to North Carolina Sales Tax.
The Magnetic Theatre will present the world premiere of Asheville-area playwright Honor Moor’s locally inspired political-comedy Mountain Political Action Committee.
Mountain Political Action Committee is Moor’s first play; however, she has been involved with theatre as an actor, both locally and nationally, for decades. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asheville Community Theatre. She has a long history of involvement in the Asheville community and her first play draws heavily on her involvement and knowledge of the area.
Taking place In the wake of personal and political devastation after the 2016 election, a group of dedicated “survivors” band together in Asheville, North Carolina. Mismatched, underfunded, and unprepared but committed; they look to make the difference in the local lives that have been upended in the new political landscape.
The production is being directed by Michael Lilly. The cast includes Delina Hensley, Tara Theodossis, Scott Cameron, Tim Plautt, and Cary Nichols. The production stage manager is Jessica Johnson and Abby Auman is providing the lighting and scenic design.
Downward Dog Comedy Showcase
Wednesday, March 28 - 8:00 pm
Tickets are $10. All admissions are subject to North Carolina Sales Tax.
Get over the midweek slump with Downward Dog, a comedy showcase designed to bring you inner joy. This showcase brings comedians from across the US with a variety of styles, tackling topics that are thought-provoking to downright silly.
See how laughter is still the best medicine and stretch your muscles with some belly laughs with Moira Goree, Cody Daniel Hughes, Derrick Stroup and headliner Nathan Lund!