Opening May 24:


Written and Directed by RODNEY SMITH


Performances of begin May 24  and continue through June 9, with shows at 7:30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets range from $12 (for preview performances on May 24 and 25) to $16 for performances from May 26 -  June9. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D. All admissions are subject to North Carolina Sales Tax. 

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Humanity is under siege from an unknown menace. Can a couple with a secret, their disaffected daughter, her clueless fiancé, and a snarky waitress save us all; or will they just settle on the recipe for the perfect iced tea, and call it a night? In a world, where pop-culture and digital wonders provide a myriad of shiny objects to keep us entertained, inspired, and fully distracted from the real issues; The Magnetic Theatre presents the world-premiere of Asheville playwright/director Rodney Smith’s Full-Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner.

Written and directed by Rodney Smith, who is The Magnetic Theatre’s Associate Producer, Full-Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner was inspired by a love of pop-culture, movies, and science fiction.

“Full-Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner is a comedic love-letter to all levels of pop-culture fandom” comments Smith. “Whether you only saw The Incredibles because you have kids, or you can recite every line from the original Star Wars Trilogy, including all the non-English dialog, then there is something in this show for you.”

Smith, who last directed Terry Tempest: The Final Interview for The Magnetic Theatre is an accomplished director with a number of significant local credits (Table 6, Night of the Living Dead: REDUX); a photographer, as well as a leading collaborator to the long running local sketch comedy “SuperHappy” Radio Hour and Trivia Show series.

The cast includes Darren Marshall, Karen Covington-Yow, Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey, Hannah Williams-Beaver, Chris Kingsley, Emma Heisey, and Jason Phillips. The lighting design is by Jason Williams, sound design by Mary Zogzas, wardrobe by Kayren McKnight, and Videography by Troy Burnette.  The production is stage managed by Caitlin Lane.



Opening May 18:

Matrimonially Gay

A Musical Farce

Written and Directed by Lyle Laney

May 18/19 8:00 PM. May 20 2:30 PM

 Tickets $15. All admissions are subject to North Carolina Sales Tax. 

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On June 26th, 2015 the US Supreme Court ruled on a landmark case named Obergefell vs Hodges to decide the status of marriage equality for millions of Americans. At that time, 36 states had legalized the right for same sex couples to legally wed, either through ballot referendum or through the courts, but 14 states had enacted constitutional bans making it illegal and thus forcing the Supreme Court to finally decide the matter once and for all.

But it’s not just their decision that makes the story, it’s also the events leading up to it.

A tale incredible and at times unbelievable in its making. See history come to life on stage through song and dance as we step into the shoes of presidents, supreme court justices, legislators, historical figures, Noah, Jesus, Romans, Greeks, Napoleon and many, many others. It’s a show that’s a history lesson and a musical extravaganza at the same time.


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