For a great date night at the theatre, check out North Carolina Stage Company. The professional equity theatre, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, presents high-quality productions in a very intimate theatre (only 125 seats!). They even made the list of the Top 50 Best Small Stage Theaters in America.
NC Stage is the only professional theatre in Asheville operating on an Actors’ Equity SPT-Tier 4 Contract. Tickets are very affordable! There are no ticketing fees when you order online or over the phone. In between its own Mainstage season, they host a diverse lineup of plays, interactive performances, staged readings, comedy, and more.
**Please be aware that, as of July 2022, NC Stage is still requiring masks of all staff, audience members, and volunteers.
2022 Jeeves Intervenes at NC Stage Theatre
2022/2023 NC Stage Theatre Shows
Shows are Wednesdays-Saturdays 7:30 PM, Sunday Matinees at 2 PM
One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom
September 7-18, 2022
Henry “Box” Brown was an African American born into slavery in 1816 in Louisa County, Virginia. Although he was not subjected to physical violence, Henry’s story (the basis for One Noble Journey) demonstrates the cruelty of slavery was every bit as devastating to the heart as it could be on the body. After his family was torn apart and parceled out to various beneficiaries of the estate, Henry devised an ingenious escape plan – sealing himself in a wooden box for shipment to friends and freedom in Philadelphia.
One Noble Journey also recounts the daring and miraculous quest for freedom of Elizabeth Craft and her husband William, who were born into slavery in Georgia. Ellen Craft, who was very light skinned, disguised herself as a sickly, white gentleman traveling to Philadelphia for medical treatment. Ellen and William, who acted as her slave throughout the journey, bravely traveled on public trains and steamers as they made their way up the eastern seaboard to Philadelphia.
October 5-30, 2022
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.
Be Here Now
November 16 - December11, 2022
Bari’s always been a bit of an angry, depressed misanthrope and losing her job teaching nihilism in New York to work at the local fulfillment center in her rural hometown has sent her into despair. But lately, her recurring headaches manifest bizarre, ecstatic, almost religious experiences, and they’re changing her entire view of life. She’s in love. She’s almost… happy. When she finds out they’re also killing her, she must decide whether it’s better to live a short, joyful life, or risk a lifetime of misery. And she must also ask herself… what’s it all for anyway?
The More Loving One
February 1 - 26, 2023
This WORLD PREMIERE follows Liv is a brilliant business student with a billion-dollar tech idea and an unconventional means of paying for college as a sex worker. When her talents do nothing to assuage the pain of her unresponsive new client, Jamie, they both at equal turns cling to and challenge each other in ways that make their encounter as unpredictable as the tempest that rages outside. The More Loving one is inspired in part from W.H. Auden’s poem of the same name.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
March 22 - April 16, 2023
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
May 10 - June 4, 2023
Four badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold. From the people who brought you Silent Sky comes to this grand and dream-tweaked comedy about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.
Since the theatre only has 125 seats, we recommend buying tickets in advance on their website. All 2022/2023 shows go on sale August 8, 2022.
Located at 15 Stage Lane, they are steps from a big variety of restaurants and after-theatre hot spots. Box Office operates Monday-Friday from 12 PM - 5 PM (828-239-0263).
Go to their website for a complete calendar of events. Whether it's a Mainstage show or a guest performance, there's something to see nearly every weekend!