“Asheville’s Immediate Theatre Project has consistently done remarkable work and delivers again … guaranteed to entertain.”
What we’re up to now:
For the 2014/2015 season, Immediate Theatre Project is focused on breaking new ground. We are working on expanding our programming to better fulfill the core of our mission: telling stories. We’ll be sharing our new ideas with you soon, but here is what we’re up to right now:
Of all the war stories ever told, Homer’s epic poem The Iliad has perhaps never been eclipsed. In this new adaptation, The Poet tells the story again, but not to some imagined, general audience: as he must have done for thousands of years, he tell it to us, here and now. He is our poet. Weaving classical poetry with contemporary speech, he riffs on ideas as grand as hundred of thousands of soldiers arriving on a distant shore, and as mundane as waiting in the slow line at the grocery store. He speaks of honor and glory; of sorrow and despair; of the awe, wonder, and pitiless stupidity of war.
Starring Willie Repoley and directed by Hans Meyer
Burden, a new play
ITP is working with guest artist Ron Bashford (Dead Man’s Cell Phone) to create an original work loosely inspired by a classic American novel, Robert Penn Warren’s masterpiece All The King’s Men. We have been working since Fall 2013 on creating this new play, using a variety of grueling, painstaking, and terrifically exciting techniques and improvisations to slowly find and fit the pieces of this original story in place. We expect to be ready to present the play by 2016!
Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life
ITP is proud to bring back our own adaptation of this classic American story for the sixth consecutive year. It asks us to take stock of what we hold dear, and demands that that we examine our lives and our priorities. It reminds us that belief in family, in friendship, in people, is not misplaced — no matter how bad things get. It allows us to trust that somehow good will out, and that patience and fortitude are worthy and abiding virtues. Click here to see if we will be in a city near you!
Thomas — a young, arrogant, frustrated playwright (and first-time director) — is having a miserable time finding just the right lead actress for his new play, an adaptation of the sexy and scandalous 1870 Austrian novel Venus in Furs. When a mysterious actress named Vanda shows up after everyone else has gone home, asking to read for the role of (what else?) Vanda, he refuses. But he is intrigued by this blundering, bullying, strange and wonderful actress. Almost before he knows what is going on, they plunge into a dangerous, passionate audition in which the impossible seems increasingly inevitable.
Cast: Willie Repoley (ITP’s The Glass Menagerie, NC Stage’s Angels in America) and Hannah Sloat (NC Stage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning War Horse). Directed by Angie Flynn-McIver.
Immediate Theatre Project tells stories that illuminate our experience of living here and now.
Through professional productions, public readings and other forms of engagement with our audience, we bring new life to American classics, expose our audiences to the best of contemporary drama, and develop new work with an eye to the future.
We are challenged to find the Immediate in every play we produce. How do we do that? Well, it’s always a work in process — a Project. But we do have a few guides:
In general, we find that that immediacy is most powerful when the words of the playwright are allowed to carry the story forward, rather than relying on expensive and obtrusive technical elements that threaten to overwhelm the play.
We believe that highly dedicated, creative work is encouraged by hiring artists who have a significant breadth of experience and training, and by paying them fairly.
We find inspiration from many people, places, and productions, and are eager to collaborate with artists and companies in different fields, cities, and situations to encourage deep creativity and lasting artistic development of theatre artists here in Asheville and beyond.
Producing Artistic Director Double Life: Equity actor in WNC & beyond, sometime musician/writer/graphic designer
Operations Manager Double Life: Production Manager at NC Stage Company, actor, stage manager, carpenter, electrician, new dad
Managing Director Double Life: Education Coordinator at North Carolina Stage Company
Founding Artistic Director Double Life: Equity stage manager and Assoc. Director of Theatre for Youth, Casa Manana, Ft Worth, TX
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It's a Wonderful Life
Over the years, audiences from Chicago to Miami have come to know and love ITP’s annual performance of Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life. This fresh new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, which is struggling to stay on the air one snowy winter’s night. The professional voice actors are unable to get to the studio, but the show must go on—and so a small but intrepid band of employees manages to create the story’s dozens of characters and scenes using just their voices and some everyday household items for sound effects.
Monday, September 23rd, at North Carolina Stage Company Casting for: Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life CONTRACT NOV 18 – DEC 22, 2013. INCLUDES TOUR DATES. NON-AEA ONLY. Evelyn Reed: Daughter of WVL station owner. CAST Lee Wright: Spirited young WVL technician, he convinces his co-workers to take on the near-impossible feat […]
I decided to put a team together to produce a short film as part of Asheville’s 48 Hour Film Project. As it turns out, the entire team has ITP connections, so I thought it might be fun to share the finished result here. Not bad for our first attempt. Right? Humor me. http://youtu.be/_dUG4y94tzM Made by […]
This whole directing thing is harder than it looks. But I like it. First off, let me update my last blog entry by saying that Rhyn had to end up taking a different job (ah, the life of a working actor!) which means we are welcoming Virginia Loan to our cast! She’s terrific as Theresa, […]