Brief Encounters 2015

Brief Encounters 2015, image credit Tempus Fugit Design

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“Thought-provoking and often amusing, Brief Encounters gives the audience a clever, entertaining and insightful evening of bite-size theater, perfectly christening the all new Magnetic 375 facility…The real pat on the back goes to Magnetic Theatre for its unwavering faith and its dedication to only doing original, un-produced works. It’s a bold path to take, but the company has proven that it is up to the challenge.” – Jeff Messer, MountainXpress

The Magnetic Theatre, known for their local hits The Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular and Food and How to Eat it, will be opening a program of 6 short plays April 23rd at their new theatre, Magnetic 375, in the River Arts District. These 6 scripts were chosen from over 300 submissions from across the country and right here in Asheville.

This production marks the return of the Magnetic’s Brief Encounters series, a semi-annual program of short work which honors the Magnetic’s tradition of producing original plays. The show is co-produced by Katie Anne Towner, an Associate Artistic Director of the Magnetic Theatre, and Lucia Gray, Managing Director and also Associate Artistic Director. “Brief Encounters is theatre for those with short attention spans,” says Towner, “Each play is totally different, and just long enough to tell a quick story, make you laugh, or pack an emotional punch before it’s over.”

Brief Encounters 2015 also serves as the soft opening for Magnetic 375, the Magnetic Theatre’s new venue at 375 Depot Street. This is the first time the Magnetic Theatre has had their own performance space since the Magnetic Field closed in 2013.

The plays are primarily comedic, poking fun at driving school, office culture, family life, hipster talk, and more. The exception is The Tug of Love, a haunting study of love gone tragically wrong. Gray describes the plays that were selected this year as “quirky, hilarious, and a little edgy. This year was different from years prior because of the sheer amount of submissions, which was totally unexpected, but our community banded together and we worked through it to create a full evening of exciting new work for the stage.”

“Family Abandoned” by Thomas J. Misuraca, Directed by Carin Metzger
“Safe Driving Now” by Jim Julien, Directed by Elliot Weiner
“Scream in America II” by Greg Nanni, Directed by Justin Evans
“The Tug of Love” by Mark Witteveen, Directed by Toni Sherwood
“Office Culture” by Evan Allgood, Directed by Rodney Smith
“A Homeless Colony Burned my Ukelele for Warmth” by Pancho Sanza, Directed by Rachel McCrain

Performed by Kristen Aldrich, Judy Calabrese, Justin William Evans, Garrett Funk, Kirby Gibson, Alphie Hyorth, Tracy Hyorth and Allen T. Law

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