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Black Mountain Center for the Arts Theat

Black Mountain Center for the Arts Theatre


Theatre for and with the

People of Western North Carolina

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Sister Robert Anne's Cabaret Class

by Dan Goggin


September 20-29

Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm

After almost 30 years of "Nunsense" shows, the feisty, street-smart, hilarious Sister Robert Anne has finally become a star in her own right, commanding the stage like no other nun in this one-woman show.  As she "teaches" the audience how to put together a cabaret act, she takes us on a journey of some of the most memorable numbers from the entire "Nunsense" series by award-winning composer Dan Goggin, interspersed with humorous stories and audience interaction. This is one class you're not going to want to skip!

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A Turnpike Sunset

by Tom Godleski


January 31-February 2

Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm

Tom Godleski has written local legends into songs and turned family stories into scripts. Turnpike Sunset is about a group of 19th century drovers who are sitting around a campfire, telling stories, singing, and talking about trials and tribulation of life on the drover’s road. The road itself was called The Buncombe Turnpike, and was crucial to the economy of Asheville and surrounding areas of Western North Carolina. The show is filled with funny antidotes, history, and music. The music in
the show is performed by members of the Asheville bluegrass group, Buncombe Turnpike. The show is set in 1861, so Godleski was sure that the musical instruments used in the show are authentic to the time period. “My grandfather meant for these stories to be shared and I am happy to share them,” explains Tom.

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I Hate Hamlet

by Paul Rudnick


February 21-March 2

Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm

I Hate Hamlet is a dramatic comedy written in 1991 by Paul Rudnick. Set in John Barrymore's old apartment in New York City - at the time, the author's real-life home - the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity, and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. Andrew must then face the ultimate question: whether to be or not to be.

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by John LOgan


May 9-18

Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm


Set in New York City in 1959, RED is an explosive exploration of the creative process. The play takes place during a crucial moment in the career of renowned Abstract-Expressionist artist Mark Rothko as he prepares for his greatest commission, a series of murals in New York’s prestigious Four Seasons restaurant. A two-person show, RED reveals Rothko and his assistant Ken as Rothko struggles to fulfill his vision of creating a sacred space for his deeply emotional paintings in the temple of “status and conspicuous consumption” that is the Four Seasons.  What follows is a series of clashes between the fiery and domineering Rothko and his young, impressionable assistant. As the explosive interaction between the two escalates, the audience learns of the famous painter’s artistic vision as well as his battle with the New York art world and his own inner demons. Seemingly a blank slate, assistant and budding artist Ken reveals a devastating secret in his life, as he pushes back against Rothko’s controlling nature.

Written by John Logan, RED is the winner of six Tony awards, including Best Play in 2010.  

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