The Super Happy Trivia Challenge!
Join Adam Jack Arthur as he hosts this unique and hysterical, live game show. He is joined by co-host Troy Burnette, one man band, Anthony Willingham and a panel of the silliest people in Asheville theater.
This Month's panel:
Alyx Madison Smith and Rodney Smith
Jillian Summers and Jeff Catanese
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 15 - 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7)
TICKETS: $12 at the door or online
THE MAGNETIC THEATRE CELEBRATES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
DAVID BRENDAN HOPE’S URANIUM235
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 & 3 ($12)
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 4 - Nov. 18 ($16)
All shows at 7:30
Acclaimed Asheville playwright David Brenden Hopes’ historical fantasy, Uranium235, will have its world premiere production at The Magnetic Theatre, with a three week run from November 2 through November 18. Hopes is an accomplished playwright with numerous awards for his plays and poetry. The Magnetic Theatre presented the world premiere of another play by Hopes in 2015; Washington Place, which was a critically lauded production. Uranium235 delves into a tense moment in American history, in the waning days of World War II, as President Harry S. Truman struggles to come to grips with the whether or not to drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan.
David Brendan Hopes is a well-known Asheville-based poet and actor as well as 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. Another play, 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 for Uraniun235 includes Asheville area actors Mike Yow, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Jim Weyhenmeyer, Bettina Holmes, Hannah Williams-Beaver, Kiran Bursenos, and Eugene Jones. The creative team includes Kayren McKnight (Scenic and Costume Design), Abby Auman (Lighting Design), Mary Zogzas (Sound Design), Kristi DeVille (choreography), and Ginger Haselden (music and vocal coach). The play will be directed by Andrew Gall, a prolific regional theatre veteran with extensive local and national credits. (Gall is also currently serving as Interim Managing Artistic Director for the Magnetic Theatre). Marissa Mello is the production stage manager.
“My theory of history is that it is not inevitable or determined, but is made up of choices and might well have been very different if different choices had been made. To hunt and gather or to farm? Worship the Sky Father or the Earth Mother? Control or kindness?” ruminates Hopes. “Nearer our time, we come to Harry S. Truman, whose choice it was to loose unknown fury on the world, or to slog through a predictable and withering process of military attrition. No President after Lincoln had a graver circumstance to face. We know what he chose, but perhaps not why he chose it. This play is a sort of thought experiment for the playwright, to absolve someone I believe to be a good man from a choice horrendous beyond the wisdom of almost any mortal. Plus, we still don’t know exactly how it comes out.”Tickets for Thurs Nov 16 Tickets for Fri Nov 17 Tickets for Sat Nov 18
The Super Happy Radio Hour
Every month, the SuperHappy crew take you back to the glory days of live radio with adventure, comedy, and stuff that's just weird.
Some of the best comedic talent in Asheville take the stage, for a live, radio-style show - recorded for podcast.
DATE/TIME: Sunday, November 19 - 7:30 PM Doors open at 7
TICKETS: $5 at the door
The 34th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular!
Nov. 30-Dec 2, Dec 7-9, 14-16, 20-22.
Showtimes 7:30 p.m. nightly, 10:00 p.m. late shows December 9 and 19.
Last year’s Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular at the Magnetic Theatre saw the beloved and incomprehensible cousin Jerry get electrocuted, the introduction and training of Jimbo's Latin lover/husband Joaquin, and the usual family squabbles, Santa tirade, and dance numbers.
Seeing what new debaucherous sketches the Bernstein writing team will come up with has become a tradition for many Ashevillians, and this year promises to be an exciting one for audiences. What surprises will the latest Spectacular bring? Head writer Lucia Del Vecchio (well known for such hits as MILF: The Musical and Off the Rails, as well as last year’s Bernstein) is at the helm as Director for the first time, and the family is also welcoming a new cast member, Sarah Felmet.
“2017 has not been a year filled with laughs,” Del Vecchio said, “and that means we need the Bernsteins more than ever. I don’t think audiences will be disappointed--Baby Jesus is keeping his diaper flask close by.” The annual Spectacular, now in its eighth year, is written from scratch each year by the team of Del Vecchio, Jim Julien, Peter Lundblad, and Genevieve Packer. Newcomer Felmet joins cast mainstays Tracey Johnston-Crum (4-time Mountain Xpress Best of WNC winner, Local Actress), Darren Marshall, Erik Moellering and Glenn Reed.
Described by the Asheville Scene as “the holiday show to see in Asheville”, the always R-rated Bernsteins and a host of other characters from the Christmas canon come together to bring The 34th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular to the River Arts District. This favorite Christmas production will return November 30th through December 22nd at Magnetic 375, with fourteen chances to party with the family. As with past years, the entire run of The 34th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular is expected to sell out in advance.