Capital Liar



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Thursdays - Saturdays, July 14 - 30

All performances at 7:30 PM

$21 online/$24 at the door


All performances at 7:30 PM.  $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D.

Capital Liar, a world premiere noir comedy by local playwright Peter Lundblad, brings the style of classic, madcap Hollywood comedies to the Asheville stage. Set in Washington, D.C., in the late 1950s, Capital Liar concerns Sylvester “Sly” Goodwin, a man who will do anything to keep his tabloid newspaper, The Capital Liar, financially solvent. But money turns out to be the least of his problems. When a notorious gangster, a femme fatale actress, a misguided FBI agent, and a hard-charging reporter for the Washington Post take an interest in him and his paper, Sly must face the ineffable truth: survival frequently requires a good lie.

Playwright Lundblad says, “Capital Liar seems to be the natural conclusion of enjoying film noir detective stories, historical fiction, and screwball comedies.” He adds, “Humor is something I just can't seem to shake,” which will be no surprise to audience members who have flocked to The Magnetic’s annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectaculars over the years, since Peter is one of the writers for that comedy juggernaut. He’s also a member of local improv troupe No Regets and has appeared as an actor with The Magnetic in Pinocchio, The Caro Savanti Experience, and Tartuffe. His comic one-act, “Fifty-Five Ninety-Nine,” is part of The Magnetic’s current Brief Encounters 2016. Capital Liar will be his first-produced full-length play.

Director Rodney Smith shares Lundblad’s taste in film and humor. “I have a passion for comedy films of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and I have dreamed for years of directing The Front Page for the stage,” Smith says. “So, when I saw Peter’s treatment for this play, I knew I had to be part of bringing this project to life.” Smith is no stranger to The Magnetic, having appeared onstage in The Last Laugh and Evening the Score, directed for Brief Encounters, and also contributed writing to the Bernsteins. Best-known locally as a photographer, he has also worked with the Montford Park players and Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, for which he starred in Neighbors and directed his own, award-winning play, Table 6.

The Bernstein Family Christmas Preview Party

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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!


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Adults: $23   Students/Groups: (10 or more): $12
*Camp Groups: $7
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Asheville Creative Arts' 4th Season Culminates with HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

Inspired by a book with illustrations from No, David!’s David Shannon comes a fantastic musical excursion! When a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew, Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob, as they try to find the perfect spot to bury their treasure.The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure!

A funny, sweet-tempered musical! –The Washington Post

book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
based on the book by Melinda Long
with illustrations by David Shannon
directed and choreographed by Robbie Jaeger

Starring:  Reed Atherton, Tiffany Renee Bear, Tristan Cameron, Rock Eblen, and Kelsey Sewell

Assistant Director/ Stage Manager: Katie Jones
Musical Director: Kylie Brown
Costumes: Caroline Bower
Props: Chifferobe Home and Garden           
Jonesalee             Sets: Ryan Maloney
Lights: Eric Winkenwerder and Barbara Berry



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!



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375 Depot Street
in the River Arts District

Box office telephone:
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