“WHEN JEKYLL MET HYDE” RETURNS TO THE STAGE IN AN ALL-NEW PRODUCTION!

Low-priced previews September 29-30
$16 online/$19 at the door.
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Opening night October 1.
Continues Thursdays-Saturdays through October 29
$21 online/$24 at the door.
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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

MAGNETIC MIDNIGHT RETURNS!

Friday, September 30th

10pm to participate, 11pm to watch
$5 at the door


Once upon a time, when The Magnetic Theatre had its first home, it presented a monthly event, Magnetic Midnight, that was special to the company and to audiences alike. Based on the nationally popular “No Shame Theatre,” but freely modifying the format, Magnetic Midnight billed itself as “a magical, mysterious” evening “in which the best of The Magnetic Theatre meets the best of you!”

The notion was that company members, selected guests, and the general public were invited to present works in any genre of the performing arts—comedy or dramatic sketches and monologues, songs, rants, dance pieces, juggling, puppetry, genre-fluid performance art, or what you will—with only two restrictions: the works had to be no longer than five minutes in length, and they had to be original.

The hope was not only that an audience would enjoy a fantastic variety show, but that writers, actors, directors, musicians, dancers, and what have you, would have a chance to introduce themselves to The Magnetic in a setting more favorable than a standard audition. It was also intended as a way for playwrights to try out new material, with the intention of developing work for future presentation (as happened with Jim Julien’s smash hit The Caro Savanti Experience and John Crutchfield’s upcoming The Jacob Higginbotham Show).

Breaking News: The SuperHappy Trivia Challenge is moving into a new space, Magnetic 375!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Tickets $16 online

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We here at The SuperHappy Trivia Challenge are celebrating the end of an extremely successful first season of Asheville’s only live, comedy, variety, game show thingy. After performing at or near capacity for the past several shows, we are taking a short hiatus in September but will return to the stage this October 12th in a new home. After spending a wonderful year at Asheville Community Theatre’s 35Below, we’ve discovered that we have quickly outgrown the space. To that, The Trivia Challenge will be relocating to the River Arts District for its new home at Magnetic 375!!! With the move will come more space to allow our unique blend of comedy, trivia and ninjas to grow. Also, more parking.

While the move will allow us to develop the show further, audiences may rest assured that we will continue to showcase Asheville’s strongest comedic talent answering questionable questions written by questionable people. Just look at the talent that has graced our panel over the past year:

Betsy Puckett: Lazoom, LYLAS, and a bunch of other awesome stuff
Kristen Aldrich: Anam Cara, Accordion Time Machine, and No Regets Improv
Jeff Catanese: Artistic Director for Attic Salt, Director for this year’s Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular
Allen T Law: Blacklist Improv and others
Samantha LeBroq: Transplanting
Rodney Smith: Director of Magnetic 375’s Capitol Liar
Barbie Angell: Local poet and social media celebrity
Tommy Calloway: Founder of The Feral Chihuahuas

Plus many, many more…

We look forward to another year of offering one of the most unexpectedly funny shows in Asheville.

The Lowdown:
October 12th
November 9th
December 14th
Future dates will be announced in the coming weeks

The SuperHappy Trivia Challenge was created by Adam Arthur with help from Troy Burnette. The duo host the show on the (mostly) second wednesday of the month at Magnetic 375. The Trivia Challenge is a freeform game/variety show featuring Asheville’s top comic actors and personalities answering ridiculous questions devised by its creator and host, Adam Arthur. If that weren't enough, The Trivia Challenge is proud to showcase live music from The Amazing SuperHappy One-Man Band, Anthony Willingham!
Since its premier one year ago, the show has steadily built a devoted audience resulting in performances at or near capacity. Folks return month after month to see what madness may occur.

Find more information at superhappyproductions.com
Contact us at superhappytriviachallenge@gmail.com

Magnetic 375

375 Depot Street
in the River Arts District

Box office telephone:
(828) 239-9250

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