Asheville Creative Arts Presents
The Final Production of its Fifth Milestone Season!
At Magnetic 375, July 21-30
For info and tickets, please visit http://ashevillecreativearts.org/purchase-tickets/
9 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Six Sailors. Six Plots.
A New Play by
Mike Coghlan, Julia Cunningham, Christine Eide, Jamie Knox, Jeff Messer, and Lisa M. Smith
Travis Lowe, an accomplished actor best known for his work with The Montford Park Players and Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, makes his full-length debut as a playwright with The Magnetic Theatre’s world premiere of Six Knots, a gripping contemporary comic-drama about greed and avarice. Andrew Gall, also an area theatre veteran, with regional and national credits, directs the production which plays August 3-19 at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District).
Set on a richly appointed sailboat drifting lazily in the Atlantic, Six Knots concerns Randall Lowell (Jeff Messer), the alpha male CEO of a company that builds and manages for-profit prisons, his wife Amber (Christine Eide), and their guests, two other couples (Mike Coghlan and Jamie Knox, and Julia Cunningham and Lisa M. Smith). Though this is supposed to be an easy-going vacation, everyone has an agenda. As the shoreline fades and the rum flows freely, tensions boil over into a frenzied quest for money, power, and survival.
“This play,” Lowe says of Six Knots, “studies people who view their fellow human beings as either money in their pockets or opponents in the game of life, and explores questions which have vexed me since my youth: why do we reward those who dominate others by the use of force or fear? Why does anyone valorize anti-intellectualism, homophobia, insensitive apathy, or greed? Are the people who personify these traits truly evil, or are they in some way also victims of unbridled capitalism in its purest form?”
“Finding a strong, fully accomplished, thoughtful, and entertaining script by a new playwright is a little like finding a unicorn,” says Magnetic Artistic Director Steven Samuels, “especially for a company dedicated to ‘original works, locally grown.’ I knew Travis was a powerful actor; I couldn’t have known he’s an equally powerful playwright. And Andrew Gall is a tremendous addition to The Magnetic’s growing roster of gifted directors. I can’t wait to see Six Knots!”
The Magnetic Theatre presents the world premiere of Travis Lowe’s Six Knots, directed by Andrew Gall. Starring Mike Coghlan, Julia Cunningham, Christine Eide, Jamie Knox, Jeff Messer, and Lisa M. Smith. Set design by Laura Lowe. Lighting and sound design by Andrew Gall. Costume design by Samantha LeBrocq. Stage management by Rachel McCrain. At Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District). Low-priced previews August 3 and 4. Opening night with free bubbly August 5. Continues Thursdays-Saturdays through August 19. All performances at 7:30 PM. Previews $12. All other performances $16. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D. Prices include taxes and fees. Get tickets now by clicking here!