The Young Man From Atlanta, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Horton Foote is scheduled for three matinee performances by The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre (ACT): Friday and Saturday October 28 and 29 in 35below at ACT and Sunday October 30 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Curtain is at 2:30 for all three performances. All tickets are $6.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office. Any remaining tickets will be sold by cash only at the door beginning at 2:00 pm prior to each performance. Talkbacks will be scheduled following one or more of the performances.
Directed by Jim Reid and in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, this is the first of five productions of the 2016-17 season of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase. Auditions are Tuesday October 11, 2016 from 10:30 until 2:30 in 35blow and are open to the community. Rehearsals are at the same time and place on October 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27.
Much has changed and much hasn’t since The Young Man From Atlanta was first performed in 1995. Will Kidder, the 64 year-old patriarch of a Texas family has just been fired by his long-time employer. Cash strapped as he is, he discovers that his wife, Lily Dale, has been sending money to the close Atlanta-based friend of their son Bill, recently dead — apparently a suicide. The unnamed issue that pervades this play is the nature of the relationship between Bill and his Atlanta friend and the effect it has had on Will and his relationship to his son.
Jim Reid took up the thespian arts just before retirement and has shifted from full-stage productions to work with The Autumn Players. He currently serves as its Chair and has played in and directed many of its shows. Most recently he played Arnold in The Circle and directed Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners.
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 2016-17 Readers Theatre Showcase series, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.
AT A GLANCE
What: The Young Man From Atlanta by Horton Foote
Who: Directed by Jim Reid, produced by The Autumn Players
When and Where: October 28 & 29, 2016 at 35below at Asheville Community Theatre at 2:30pm; October 30, 2016 at the Reuter Center at UNC Asheville at 2:30 pm. AUDITIONS: Tuesday, October 11, 10:30 – 2:30 at 35below.
Asheville Community Theatre Box Office
35 East Walnut Street