Stephen Karam's comedy Speech & Debate will run at 35below in May and we have a great team to share with you!
Diwata: Gabrielle Bailey
Howie: Graham Podraza
Solomon: Brendan Nickerson
Teacher/Reporter: Lara Hollaway
The show will be directed by Marci Bernstein, Stage Managed by Caitlin Lane and Choreographed by Lara Hollaway. Our entire cast is new to performing at Attic Salt!
Jane Martin's classic show features eleven stories by eleven women. Our cast is populated with some of Asheville's best actresses, making this show one to put on your calendar right now.
Talking With... runs at The Magnetic Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, August 2 - 11 at 7:30pm.
And here it is... our incredible cast...
Mandy Bean, Candice Burchill, Jane Hallstrom, Hallee Hirsh, Amanda Hunt, Carin Metzger, Chelsey Mirheli, Christy Montesdeoca, Lynda Schuler, Nina Troy, and Devyn Villarreal.
See what we mean?! Get out your calendar, scroll or flip to August, and put this one in big letters.
Dear Asheville Theater Community-
In endeavoring to its goals of raising awareness of performing arts in WNC, increasing support and patronage and keeping theater a vibrant local artistic and economic force, Asheville Theater Alliance has always contended that it would take the backing of both the local government and the local press to accomplish this. That contention still holds true.
It has recently become confirmed to us that The Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville's most distributed and read daily news source, will no longer review local theater. This decision by their parent organization, The USA TODAY Network, based, by my understanding, on a lack of page views of the reviews in question.
Briefly, page views and other metrics used to decide what is published or not published by various news organizations is as viable as any other and, additionally, there is no blame to be placed on the Citizen-Times or its employees for such decisions. The Citizen-Times has also stated a desire to cover theater in news, features and manners that aren't actually reviews of shows. Despite all of this, it does represent a crisis on our hands.
ATA would like to ask the entire theater community (and, yes, that includes you, patrons and theater-lovers) to take action. But what to do...?
First, please contact Citizen-Times news director Katie Wadington at firstname.lastname@example.org and KINDLY express what theater and theater reviews mean to you. Whether a performer, a producer or patron, let them know that honest and prolific reviews helps establish Western North Carolina as the haven for performing arts that we know it to be.
Second, support the ENTIRE theater community. Now is not the time to foment competition. (We already have enough, anyway.) If we can come together now with the common goal of keeping theater strong in Asheville, there will plenty of patrons to fight over later.
If your company doesn't have something going on right now, encourage attendance at the shows or classes of another. Tout Asheville theater as ONE, and not just as a semblance of different companies. Encourage people within your reach to explore theater of ALL types, not just the types you perform or like.
Finally, reach out. Reach out to each other, to patrons and to future patrons. We are keen to expound on the great benefits of seeing and creating theater when it is our own. Speak more generally. All of these benefits exist no matter who does it.
We here at ATA will continue our efforts on all of these fronts. We hope you will join us.
We couldn't be happier to have been awarded a Grassroots Grant by The Asheville Arts Council to help pay our talented actors performing in Feet Water (October 2017) and The Sultan's Wife (February 2018). Our local Arts Council is an invaluable resource for artists of all kinds here in WNC. Thank You!
We had so much fun hosting Ben & Asher, Asheville's newest musical duo for kids. They wowed families with guitars, puppets and a drum made from a suitcase! We loved meeting new families and introducing them to Attic Salt Theatre Arts Space and we can't wait to have Ben & Asher (with their TBA new band name) join us again soon!
Attic Salt is auditioning for our production of The Nerd which will run at NC Stage April 7 - 23.
Auditions will be held at The Mill at Riverside, 2002 Riverside Drive, Suite O. Sides will be provided for both shows.
Sunday, February 12th, 2-5pm
Attic Salt Theatre Company, producers of 2016’s highly-acclaimed play, How I Learned to Drive, is holding auditions for the over-the-top comedy, The Nerd by Larry Shue. The play is to be presented at NC Stage as part of their Catalyst Series, April 4-23 (no show Easter Sunday). It takes place in 1979 and will be directed by Jeff Catanese. Rehearsals will be only a couple evenings a week starting in late February.
We are looking for a child actor of any race with VERY STRONG comic sensibilities for the following role:
Thor Waldgrave (Any gender, must play an 8 y.o. boy): The Waldgraves' terror of a son. "Poster child for planned parenthood."
Auditioners should be prepared to improvise some simple scenes. For any questions, please contact Marci Bernstein at email@example.com.
Attic Salt Theatre Company is so incredibly proud to announce the cast for it's upcoming production of The Nerd!
Willum Cubbert - Patrick Brandt
Tansy McGinnis - Christy Montesdeoca
Axel Hammond - John Mendenhall
Rick Steadman - Adam Arthur
Warnock Waldgrave - Bill Parks
Clelia Waldgrave - Frances Davis
Thor Waldgrave - TBA
Four of these talented performers will be working with us for the first time. Two, Christy and Adam, have appeared with us before - both in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Christy now holds the award for "most Attic Salt shows" after also appearing in God of Carnage and two of our Saturdays on Stage shows for kids. Big thanks to everyone who came out for the open call!
We are still looking for a Thor Waldgrave and will be holding additional auditions on Sunday, February 12th from 2-5pm. Thor is an eight year old boy described as "the poster boy for birth control". We will cast either a boy or girl of any age as long as they can realistically play an eight year old boy.
The Nerd runs for three weekends in April at NC Stage. Tickets are available now at NCStage.org!