Friends, neighbors … and Russian spies? Pack of Lies, a drama by Hugh Whitemore about espionage and the damaging effects it inflicts on both the spies and the spied upon, is scheduled for three matinee performances by The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre (ACT) as part of the Readers Theatre Showcase series. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28 at ACT’s 35below, and Sunday, October 29, 2017 at UNC Asheville in the Reuter Center. Curtain time is 2:30 pm for all performances. All tickets are $7.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org. Any remaining tickets will be sold by cash at the door beginning at 2:00 pm prior to each performance.
Auditions for Pack of Lies will take place from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at ACT/35below on Tuesday, October 10 and are open to the public. Pack of Lies will be performed as readers’ theatre.
Pack of Lies, based on a true story, focuses on the warm, close friendship between two married couples – one British, the other American. When one couple is suspected of spying for the Russians their friendship is turned upside down, with painful consequences for all involved. Although set in the 1960’s, this play has much relevance for today’s world.
Director RoseLynn Katz has directed eight previously performed Readers Theatre productions. Pack of Lies will be her ninth. She has also acted at ACT’s Mainstage in I Hate Hamlet and has appeared in several RTS productions. A Visit with Golda Meir, a one woman show, was written and performed by RoseLynn, as well as The Devil Touched My Tongue: The World and Wit of Dorothy Parker. Both shows have been produced at 35below and other local venues.
The Autumn Players is ACT’s volunteer outreach group consisting of over 100 seasoned actors, writers, and educators dedicated to taking theatre into the community. Since 1992 the company has provided entertainment, enrichment, and instruction for thousands of students, seniors, and in-betweens at venues within an hour or more from Asheville.
For more information or for a full schedule of the 2017-2018 Reader’s Theatre Showcase series, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.