Arts and Entertainment: The Diana Wortham Theater’s New Season

By D. Lanier Shook                                  September 8, 2014

Residents of Asheville is blessed with a bounty of arts and entertainment just down the street. One of the best venues is the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. If you’ve never been there you’re missing an intimate performance experience with great seating that puts you right at the stage.

The 2014/2015 Mainstage Series schedule is released and begins in about a week and a half. I received my copy of their schedule the other day and decided you all need to know about it. Of course, all the information — and alot more — is available online and you can find out all about that by clicking here to visit their website. If you need more reasons to visit that link we’re about to share nearly 30 of them. Don’t forget to visit the Theater’s website for each event to enjoy a great trailer for the event.

Of course, there are other reasons to visit the Diana Wortham website. These include the Asheville Amadeus Festival and their Sing Together series. You can attend discussions before or after a performance or even attend a Master Class. Their website is also where you can learn about their Matinee Series for schoolchildren and the benefits of joining the DWT Friends Assocation. These include Preview Parties, advance ticket orders, drink tickets, complimentary parking, and backstage tours. You’ll also be interested in multi-ticket discounts. So click here to visit the website and support an Asheville treasure.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatle’s Experience
This performance explores the Beatles, a group who have become interwoven into popular culture. The McGuigan brothers focus on the music and whether you enjoyed the British Invasion first hand or just enjoy their legacy you’ll want to consider attending. You can click here to read about the event or click here to visit the McGuigan brothers’ website.
8 pm on September 19, 2014 $30 regular price, $25 junior high, high school or college student price, $15 child — 12 years or younger —price
Paula Poundstone
If you’ve listened to Wait Wait .. Don’t Tell Me you’ve enjoyed the humor of Paula Poundstone. Even if you haven’t you’ll enjoy this woman who’s listed as one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand Up Comedians. You can click here to read about her visit to Asheville next month or click here to visit her website.
8 pm on October 9, 2014 $40 regular ticket price, $35 junior high, high school or college student price, and children tickets aren’t available
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Paul Taylor is a notably historic character in modern dance. His interpretations of modern dance have turned him into a cultural icon and well worth seeing. Click here to read about his performances at Diana Wortham next month or click here to visit his website.
8 pm on both October 17 and 18  $45 for regular tickets, $40 for junior high, high school or college students, or $20 for children 12 years or younger
Cirk La Putyka: Slapstick Sonata
This performance comes to the Asheville stage from Prague and is set to the amazing music of Mozart (which has been shown to make you smarter), Shostakovish, Handel, and others. You can click here to read more about their performance at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on both November 7 and 8 $38 for regular tickets, $33 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Red June with special guests Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith
If your taste runs to American roots, country, and bluegrass you’ll want to hear the indie group Red June. They’ll be joined by Shannon Whitworth — who paled with the Biscuit Burners — and guitarist Barrett Smith. You can click here to find out about the event at Diana Wortham by clicking here, You can click here to visit Red June’s website or click here to visit Shannon Whitworth’s  website or click here to visit Battett Smith’s website.
8 pm on November 15, 2014 $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol featuring Jeremy Webb
Some things have taken a permanent place in poipular culture and one of these is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This science fiction, time traveling tale is firmly part of the Christmas culture and you can see it in a one man puppet play in just over two months. You can click here to check out Diana Wortham’s page about the performance or click here to visit Mr. Webb’s website.
7 pm on November 28, 2 pm and 7 pm at November 29 $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
A Swannanoa Solstice
This is the twelfth year that the Swannanoa Solstice entertains audiences in the mountains. Award winning artists will be joined on stage by guests who will perform seasonal favorites.  You can click here to read more about them at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
2 pm and 7 pm on December 21 $40 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Shana Tucker
Shana Tucker is a classically trained musician who performed with Cirque de Soleil. Her music is infused with blues, jazz, and pop. You can click here to read about her coming to Diana Wortham by clicking here or you can click here to visit her website.
8 pm on January 17, 2015 $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Martin Dockery’s Wanderlust: From Here to Timbuktu
Martin Dockery is a one man show that explores something we all fantasize about — just dropping it all and taking off for the unknown horizon. You can click here read more about him at Diana Wortham by clicking here or you can click here to visit his website.
8pm on January 22, 23, and 24, 2015 $28 for regular tickets, $23 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Aquila Theatre Company Presents Wuthering Heights
The New York and London stage company brings this literary classic to Asheville.You can click here to read more about them at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on January 30, 2015 $35 for regular tickets, $30 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Aquila Theatre Company Presents The Tempest
Shakespeare’s science fiction tale possibly based on a true story comes to the mountains on a Saturday night. You can click here to read more about them at Diana Wortham by clicking here or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on January 31, 2015 $35 for regular tickets, $30 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
You can click here to read more about them at Diana Wortham  or you can click here to visit Mr. Guthrie’s website.
8 pm on February13 and 14, 2015 $48 for regular tickets, $43 for junior high, high school or college students, but children’s tickets are unavailable
Solas
This is a Celtic-Americana folk group that brings Ireland and America together. Named for the Gaelic word for light they are a well recognized group that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the Irish influences of culture. You can click here to read more about them at Diana Wortham  or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on February 27, 2015 $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl with Harriet Jacobs
This is an amazing one woman performance by Cherita Armstrong. It traces a female slave as she pursues her freedom. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit American Place Theatre’s website.
8 pm on February 27 and 28, 2015 $28 for regular tickets, $23 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Natalie Macmaster and Donnell Leahy: Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond
This husband and wife team of fiddlers bring their engaging music from Ontario to Asheville. Their stage presence and music will appeal to audiences. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit Natalie’s website or click here to visit Donnell’s website.
8 pm on March 4, 2015 $38 for regular tickets, $33 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
The Peking Acrobats
These two performances bring the magic of ancient China to the mountain stage. The precision stage work will awe audiences and the pagentry will stir the imagination. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
2 pm and 8 pm on March 14, 2015 $35 for regular tickets, $30 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Kyle Abraham with Abraham.In.Motion
This award winning choreographer brings his talents to the Asheville stage. The performance will jump from classic to modern and back again in a movement that has been acclaimed by publications ranging from Dance Magazine to Vogue. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on March 24 and 25, 2015 $40 for regular tickets, $35for junior high, high school or college students, or $20 for children 12 years or younger
Lunasa
Another Irish group, Lunasa has produced many widely acclaimed recordings with fresh arrangements. They bring their techniques to audiences at Diana Wortham. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on March 26, 2015  $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Pilobolus
Pilobolus is a dance group that holds the distinction of performing on Sesame Street. They also have received multiple awards and honors. They bring their unique choreography to audiences at Diana Wortham. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on April 7 and 8, 2015 $48 for regular tickets, $43 for junior high, high school or college students, or $20 for children 12 years or younger
New York Voices
The harmony, rearrangement, and multicultural influences make New York Voices a performance to consider. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on April 11, 2015 $35 for regular tickets, $30 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
The Barra Macneills
This Canadian Celtic group brings a wide variety of insturments to the Asheville stage. Storytelling, dancing, and singing will meet onstage. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on April 30, 2015 $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Annie Moses Band:  Rhapsody in Bluegrass
This group will entertain the Asheville audience with folk vocals and a blend of influences. They come to Asheville from venues as diverse as PBS and the Grand Ole Opry but don’t be surprised when you’re impressed and inspired by these Julliard graduates. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit their website.
8 pm on May 2, 2015 $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger
Karan Casey
This Diana Wortham Season seems to be heavy in Gaelic and Celtic influences but audiences won’t be complaining. It wraps up with the Grammy recognized Karan Casey. (She just came back from the Prarie Home Companion Cruise.) Her vocal power and musical charm have been demonstrated on her 6 solo albums. You can click here to read about the performance at at Diana Wortham or you can click here to visit her website.
8 pm on May 15, 2015 $30 for regular tickets, $25 for junior high, high school or college students, or $15 for children 12 years or younger

 

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