ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Community Theatre’s senior theatre group, The Autumn Players, and the University of North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement partner to present a Readers Theatre showcase of The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge. Performances will be held Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 at 2:30 pm at 35below at Asheville Community Theatre and Sunday, August 2 at the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus. Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased in advance at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office, located at 35 East Walnut Street. The Box Office phone number is 828-254-1320 . Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World is an Irish comedy set in a pub on the northwest coast of County Mayo in the early 1900s. The telling is dramatic and memorable. The New York Times calls The Playboy of the Western World, "A work of art…. Preserves the fresh music of country speech." The play will be directed by Hal Hogstrom. The Autumn Players performance of The Playboy of the Western World will be as Reader’s Theatre where actors perform the script without memorization.
The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors, directors, and writers dedicated to taking theatre into the community. They debuted in November 1992 with Ivan Menchell’s The Cemetery Club. Since then, they have entertained thousands of students, seniors and in-betweens. While some performances have been at Asheville Community Theatre, most have been in area venues ranging from intimate parlors to open-air stages.