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Asheville, NC, February 12, 2013—Today, The Magnetic Theatre announces that John Crutchfield’s The Strange and Tragical Adventures of Pinocchio or Why Didn’t I Just Stay a Damn Puppet?, which previews February 28 and March 1, opens March 2, and runs through March 23, will be its final production in the space at 372 Depot Street, in the River Arts District, that has been its home since December 8, 2010. The not-for-profit dedicated to original works exclusively will continue producing in alternate venues as it seeks a new permanent home, which it hopes to secure in time for the next edition of The Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular, the hugely popular annual holiday event on which the company is already hard at work.

“The Magnetic Theatre has done and continues to do spectacularly well,” says Chall Gray, The Magnetic Theatre’s Producer. “The citizens of Asheville have been warmly receptive to our mission of mounting nothing but world premieres with almost all-local artists, technicians, and administrators. Scott Dedman, Cindy Weeks, and everyone at Mountain Housing Opportunities, developers of the Glen Rock Depot, have been extraordinarily thoughtful, generous, and supportive of our efforts. We dearly wish we could arrange to stay in the special space that has housed dozens of productions and hundreds of performances in a relatively brief span. Unfortunately, with the closing of The Magnetic Field restaurant and bar this past December, it has become imperative for our small, tax-exempt organization to find another facility with lower occupancy costs or additional seating—or, ideally, both.”

The Magnetic Theatre’s biggest hits at the Glen Rock Depot have included When Jekyll Met Hyde, The Songs of Robert, The Witches’ Quorum, Shangri-La, Rock Saber, The Evolution of Woman, Love Among the Frankensteins, Landscape with Missing Person, MILF: The Musical, Sex and How To Have It, and three different editions of The Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular. “I can’t imagine a better production than this new Pinocchio with which to bid this space farewell,” says Steven Samuels, the company’s artistic director. “Written specifically for this stage and company, with many of the cast members in mind, ringing fascinating changes on theatrical tradition and literary history, and demanding the most of some of Asheville’s finest talents, it will amaze and delight and express all the vitality of the grand theatrical dream that is The Magnetic Theatre.”

The company’s subsequent production will be The Caro Savanti Experience, written by Asheville Fringe Arts Festival co-director and frequent Magnetic Theatre contributor Jim Julien, directed by one of the Magnetic’s three associate artistic directors, Katie Anne Towner, and starring the incomparable Darren Marshall, who has frequently graced the Magnetic stage. Look for it in July.
“Leaving this space in which so many wondrous works have been born is most melancholy,” Samuels concludes. “We’re incredibly grateful for what we’ve had and look forward to so much more."

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