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Here’s What’s Up Next
April 25 – May 20, 2018
Frequent NC Stage collaborators Ron Bashford (director) and Willie Repoley (actor) have created a new play, Burden. Through extensive improvisations, artistic explorations, and plenty of questions, they devised the story of an investigative journalist who sees himself as a truly impartial observer of the world. But after running away from his past – abandoning his home in New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina – his investigation becomes far more personal and meaningful than he ever intended.
Join us for this world premiere directed by Ron Bashford and starring Willie Repoley: Burden is a new American play inspired by classic American themes.
Presented as part of the 2017/2018 MainStage Season at North Carolina Stage Company. Season subscriptions on sale here.
This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
SEVEN DEVILS AND A FRENCH NUN
May 18-19, 2018
“The little nun whose devils made her as big as a rock star”
This one-woman bouffon solo show is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, a rebel sex starved nun who proclaimed a suave local priest caused her to be possessed by sevendevils, each of whom makes an appearance in the show. Many exorcisms, a burning, and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a Saint, touring France as the earliest version of a rock superstar! Jeanne was a complex larger than life character, and here we explore her story with great theatricality, intensity, and a rude sense of humor.
There are only TWO performances, so get tickets now! The show starts at 9:30PM (after Burden!), and runs 75 minutes.
Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life
ITP is proud to bring back our own adaptation of this classic American story for the ninth consecutive year. It asks us to take stock of what we hold dear, and demands that that we examine our lives and our priorities. It reminds us that belief in family, in friendship, in people, is not misplaced — no matter how bad things get. It allows us to trust that somehow good will out, and that patience and fortitude are worthy and abiding virtues.
Live From WVL Radio Theatre: The Headless Hessian of Sleepy Hollow (And Other American Horror Stories)
October 12-16, 2016
The intrepid actors of WVL Radio Theatre are back, this time with a series of classic American horror stories, including one by Edgar Allen Poe, a creative retelling of the Lizzie Borden axe murders, and of course a re-imagining of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Four actors, live sounds effects, and original music transport you back to 1946 when the imagination created horrors far more vivid than any that might actually be lurking in your living room… or your radio station….!
When a hotshot Air Force pilot throws up on the tarmac after a flight, she realizes that she’s pregnant. After her daughter is born, she returns to the military but is told that she is no longer needed on her fighter jet. Instead, she will report to duty at Creech Air Force Base in the Nevada desert. She will be at the forefront of the latest advances in aerial combat as the operator of an Unmanned Ariel Vehicle, A Reaper, a Drone. She will smite the enemy by day and return to her family at night. And she will be challenged and changed in ways she never dreamed possible while looking out into the endless blue. Starring Blythe Coons.
Inspired by the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Lower Frequencies depicts the particular experience of a nameless narrator and his confrontation with the American Dream. This experience is brought to life through a series of vignettes which comment upon the socioeconomic injustices caused by enduring institutional systems that have muted the voices, camouflaged the bodies, and denigrated the lives of the black community in the United States.
On Wednesday, March 2nd, for one night only, ITP partnered with Just Peace for Israel/Palestine to present My Name is Rachel Corrie, by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner. This touring production is directed by Josh Perlstein and stars Ashley Malloy as Rachel. She has performed the play in over 40 cities nationwide, including at The National End the Occupation Conference in Washington, D.C., and in Rachel’s hometown of Olympia, WA, courtesy of The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice on the 11th anniversary of Rachel’s death.
Donations will be gratefully accepted for the young actors and artists at The Freedom Theater in Jenin, which aims to equip young people with the creative tools necessary to resisting violence under occupation. It is their belief that a third Intifada can and will be a cultural uprising that will prompt artistic response from youth who know first hand the healing properties and transformative, transcendent powers of the arts.
(photo by Zayd Zaytoon)
Immediate Theatre Project tells stories that illuminate our experience of living here and now.
Through professional productions, public readings and other forms of engagement with our audience, we bring new life to American classics, expose our audiences to the best of contemporary drama, and develop new work with an eye to the future.
We are challenged to find the Immediate in every play we produce. How do we do that? Well, it’s always a work in process — a Project. But we do have a few guides:
In general, we find that that immediacy is most powerful when the words of the playwright are allowed to carry the story forward, rather than relying on expensive and obtrusive technical elements that threaten to overwhelm the play.
We believe that highly dedicated, creative work is encouraged by hiring artists who have a significant breadth of experience and training, and by paying them fairly.
We find inspiration from many people, places, and productions, and are eager to collaborate with artists and companies in different fields, cities, and situations to encourage deep creativity and lasting artistic development of theatre artists here in Asheville and beyond.
Producing Artistic Director Double Life: Equity actor in WNC & beyond, sometime musician/writer/graphic designer
Operations Manager Double Life: Production Manager at NC Stage Company, actor, stage manager, carpenter, electrician, new dad
Managing Director Double Life: Education Coordinator at North Carolina Stage Company
Founding Artistic Director Double Life: Equity stage manager and Assoc. Director of Theatre for Youth, Casa Manana, Ft Worth, TX
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It's a Wonderful Life
Over the years, audiences from Chicago to Miami have come to know and love ITP’s annual performance of Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life. This fresh new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, which is struggling to stay on the air one snowy winter’s night. The professional voice actors are unable to get to the studio, but the show must go on—and so a small but intrepid band of employees manages to create the story’s dozens of characters and scenes using just their voices and some everyday household items for sound effects.
Monday, September 23rd, at North Carolina Stage Company Casting for: Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life CONTRACT NOV 18 – DEC 22, 2013. INCLUDES TOUR DATES. NON-AEA ONLY. Evelyn Reed: Daughter of WVL station owner. CAST Lee Wright: Spirited young WVL technician, he convinces his co-workers to take on the near-impossible feat […]
I decided to put a team together to produce a short film as part of Asheville’s 48 Hour Film Project. As it turns out, the entire team has ITP connections, so I thought it might be fun to share the finished result here. Not bad for our first attempt. Right? Humor me. http://youtu.be/_dUG4y94tzM Made by […]
This whole directing thing is harder than it looks. But I like it. First off, let me update my last blog entry by saying that Rhyn had to end up taking a different job (ah, the life of a working actor!) which means we are welcoming Virginia Loan to our cast! She’s terrific as Theresa, […]