The Magnetic Theatre 2016 Season

Magnetic TheatreMagnetic Theatre
375 Depot St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 239-9250


The Magnetic Theatre produces original works in Asheville, NC

The Amendments (presented by The Cardboard Sea)

The Amendments - presented by The Cardboard SeaThe night before her father’s funeral, Judith returns home to collect one minor item from his estate. But her estranged brother Gabe has already laid claim to her treasure, and he has an amended will to back him up. As the night stretches on, Judith is forced to deal with the fact that the past is never past. We can bury it, but it always comes back to haunt us.

The play, which runs just under 45 minutes, is a theatrical shotgun blast taking aim at the uncomfortable truths that pierce the hearts of embattled family members.

Though The Cardboard Sea is only a year old, the founding members have collaborated since 1994. Influenced by theatrical pioneers like Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams, with a healthy dose of the cinematic, Quentin Tarantino, Jeff Donnelly has crafted a body of work that invites audiences into the intimate and volatile experience of live performance. As for director Todd Weakley, Bertolt Brecht, Joint Stock Company, and modern ensembles like Pig Iron Theatre, Rude Mechanicals, and Missoula Oblongata have led the way.

The Amendments is the third show for The Cardboard Sea.

“Even with the dark subject material, Donnelly’s writing surprises and delights with his sharp wit and wonderful ear for dialogue,” says Charles Holt, the New England based actor who plays Gabe.

“The play has a Heart of Darkness quality as we watch how far these characters are willing to go to get what they need,” says company member Hannah Eicholtz.

“This will be our second show at the Magnetic Theatre. Steve Samuels and company have created a wonderful space and supportive community. Their dedication to new works for theatre is vital and significant. We are humbled to be a part of it,” said Weakley.

With a commitment to the transformative nature of live performance, a belief in the collaborative process, and a magnetic obsession for storytelling, The Cardboard Sea seeks to activate, engage, surprise, and provoke audiences into new and challenging territory. We aim to: produce works of social significance, highlight the constructed nature of the theatrical event, and provoke self­ reflection and critical perspectives.

August 18, 19, and 20 at 7:30pm.

Tickets $12 online, $14 at the door

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The Bernstein Family Christmas Preview Part

TMT_Bernstein Santa_JudyWednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

It’s Christmas in July! Every year, The Magnetic Theatre’s Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular sells out its entire run, often before the show even opens. If you’ve ever felt frustrated because you missed your chance to get tickets to the show the Asheville Citizen-Times calls “the Christmas show to see in Asheville”, then be sure to attend The Magnetic Theatre’s first public fund-raiser, The Bernstein Family Christmas Preview Party on September 14. All your favorite Bernstein characters will be in attendance and will perform special Bernstein numbers, including a glimpse of the new show, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase your seats to this year’s production before everyone else gets a shot in October. Tax-deductible tickets to the fund-raiser will go on sale July 25, to celebrate a little Bernstein Christmas magic in July!

Sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery and Grapevine Distributors, this fun evening will give you a chance to rub elbows (or more, depending on how many drinks they have!) with the Bernstein family. In addition to being able to take holiday photos with Baby Jesus and Judy Bernstein, ticket-buyers can participate in a raffle for a 30-second, personal commercial spot in the show that can be used to advertise your business or your marriage proposal! (Some restrictions apply.) A silent auction will include such items as dinner for four at the Edison at Grove Park Inn, a massage, dinner at The Junction with Judy Bernstein, LaZoom tickets, and other local items. Join Jerry Bernstein on a tour of the theatre dressing room and backstage, or donate to Jamaica as she Passes the Yarmulke to support The Magnetic Theatre’s ongoing efforts to bring dynamic new work, locally grown, to the stage.

Don’t miss your chance to toast a frosty beverage (from Oskar Blues) or a glass of fine wine (from Grapevine Distributors) to the impending season side by side with Jimbo Bernstein, see a teaser scene from the new show, and hear Judy sing her trademark “Silver Balls.” Tickets to the event are $25, tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, and include two free drinks, appetizers, and the chance to buy tickets to The 45th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular weeks before they go on sale to the general public!

World Premiere of Lucia Del Vecchio’s “Rollicking Farce,” OFF THE RAILS!

Scott Bean and Tracey Johnston-Crum in Off the Rails

Just in time to celebrate the end of summer, The Magnetic Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Lucia Del Vecchio’s Off the Rails, the company’s first flat-out, hilarious, sex-filled farce. Del Vecchio, The Magnetic’s managing and associate artistic director, is best known for previous Magnetic smash hits Shangri-La; MILF, The Musical; and last fall’s The Employee Handbook Revision Committee. Long-time Del Vecchio collaborator and company artistic director, Steven Samuels, directs. And Tracey Johnston-Crum, a Magnetic regular and one of Asheville’s favorite actors (as cited in Mountain Xpress’s “Best of” poll), stars along with other Magnetic veterans and newcomers to our stage.

Off the Rails features all the madcap zaniness typical of farce (slamming doors, mistaken identities, terrible misunderstandings, and sexual shenanigans) in a contemporary setting, with a fresh, original story. On a prenuptial trip across Europe in a refurbished, antique train, Hollywood action star Gabriella (Johnston-Crum) and her tech-mogul fiancée Aidan (Scott Bean) have their happily-ever- after plans derailed. Wedding guests/fellow passengers (James Meador, Tippin, Cody Magouirk, Christine Eide) join the occasionally happy couple and the train’s conductor (Scott Fisher) and maid (Meg Hale Brunton) on a whistle-stop tour during which some fall in and out of love, and not everyone is who they seem. Baggage includes heavy drinking, a knife, a gun, and a mysterious burka-clad figure. By the end of the line, will the wedding be on the right or Off the Rails is one train wreck you won’t want to miss!

Preview Tickets: August 25 & 26 at 7:30pm.
Tickets $16 online, $19 at the door
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Opening night (with free bubbly) August 27.
Continues Thursdays-Saturdays through September 24. All performances at 7:30 PM.
Tickets $21 online/$24 at the door
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Attic Salt Theater: Saturdays on Stage!


The Attic Salt Theatre Company presents “Saturdays on Stage” at Magnetic 375 – Family shows on Saturday mornings at 10am! Click the image to learn more