Low-priced previews September 29-30
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Opening night October 1.
Continues Thursdays-Saturdays through October 29
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All performances at 7:30 PM. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D.

When The Magnetic Theatre opened its world premiere of Steven Samuels’ When Jekyll Met Hyde in January 2011, it was an immediate, huge hit, selling out nearly all of its extended run, delighting critics and audiences alike. David Hopes of Mountain Express raved that “you realize that theater can be stranger and more exciting than you had dared hope,” that “you realize you have been laughing uproariously at tragedy without catching yourself until the applause begins,” and that “what you’re seeing is a minor masterpiece, a philosophical treatise disguised as a lewd skit.”

Written as an homage to Samuels’ master Charles Ludlam and his Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the script, in Ridiculous fashion, draws on every written, dramatized, and filmed version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic imaginable, as well as many relevant 19th century literary and philosophical works, all for the sake of provoking the shock of laughter. Featuring an unusual feminist twist and a surprise ending, When Jekyll Met Hyde will be presented in an all-new production honoring the source material’s Victorian setting. The cast, also entirely new, stars Erik Moellering in the title roles (Moellering will be familiar to Magnetic audiences as the antic, befuddled Jerry in the Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular and as Biff in Death of a Salesman, contrasting performances that make him perfect for Jekyll and Hyde); Cody Magouirk (Death of a Salesman, Brief Encounters 2016, Off the Rails) as the Reverend Hastie Lanyon; Sarah Felmet (Tartuffe) as “Miss Gina” and Mrs. Hawkins; and, in her introduction to the Magnetic stage, recent Asheville-returnee Julia Cunningham (a Montford Park Players veteran) in the pivotal roles of Claire Lanyon and Miss Fanny. Samuels himself, who also directs, and who has been seen at The Magnetic this year in The Improbables, Death of a Salesman, and Brief Encounters 2016, assays the part of Jekyll’s manservant, Poole.

When Jekyll Met Hyde is, without question, my most popular play to date and the one I’m asked most often to revive,” Samuels says. “The new setting and this wonderful new cast will make this production strikingly different and an absolute joy.”



Photo Credit: Rodney Smith/Tempus Fugit Design


December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 21-23

Showtimes 7:30 p.m. nightly, and 10 p.m. late shows December 10 and 17.

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Stopping down in the River Arts District to see what new frontiers of debauchery the Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular will boldly cross has become an annual tradition for many Ashevillians. The show, a holiday sketch comedy romp that delights audiences with completely new material each year, has sold out nearly every performance for the past six years. 

This will be the second year the delightfully drunken Bernsteins will be in Magnetic 375, on Depot Street, the home of the The Magnetic Theatre. While the cast remains unchanged for the third straight year, the show will see a new director at the helm for the first time since 2012. Jeff Catanese, well-known to Asheville audiences from work with Attic Salt Theatre Company as well as Asheville Community Theatre, is directing the Bernstein crew this season. “All of the Bernsteins have been excited about the new energy Jeff brings to the team,” said the show’s producer Chall Gray. “Sex-crazed Judy Bernstein complimented both his stamina and smooth pectorals, and stoner Jimbo Bernstein described his lung capacity as ‘whoa.’ ”

The Bernsteins’ R-rated screwball skewering of various holiday traditions and tropes was described by Tony Kiss of Asheville Scene as “The holiday show to see in Asheville.” The show stars a number of Asheville’s best-known actors, including Darren Marshall and Tracey Johnston-Crum (who was voted best actress in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC for the fourth straight year this summer). The Bernsteins will bring their signature mix of skits, songs, bong hits, dance numbers, and excessive drinking to Magnetic 375 for a limited run (which will, as with all Bernstein Spectaculars, be intended for mature audiences only). “We look forward to connecting with the cockles of the hearts of our fans this holiday season,” Gray said.

The show is expected to sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

The Magnetic Theatre, founded in 2009, has been a leading theatre in WNC since its formation, and the annual Bernstein Christmas Spectacular has become the most anticipated annual theatre event in WNC--don’t miss this essential element of the holidays in Asheville!

Directed by Jeff Catanese. Scenic Design by Kehren Barbour. Sound Design by Tommy Calloway. Choreography and Costumes by Elizabeth Evans. Props by Jim Julien. Stage Management by Deanna Braine. Starring Tracey Johnston-Crum, Darren Marshall, Glenn Reed, Erik Moellering, & Kirby Gibson. Written by Lucia Del Vecchio, Genevieve Packer, Peter Lundblad and Jim Julien. Produced by Chall Gray. The 45th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular will be performed at Magnetic 375, located at 375 Depot St, in the River Arts District of Asheville, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 21-23, showtimes 7:30 p.m. nightly, and 10:00 p.m. late shows December 10 and 17.

Next show: November 9 – Tickets coming SOON!

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Magnetic 375

375 Depot Street
in the River Arts District

Box office telephone:
(828) 239-9250

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