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.
ITP is working with director Ron Bashford (Dead Man’s Cell Phone) to create an original work loosely inspired by a classic American novel. This new play will take shape over the course of twelve weeks of discovery, creation, and rehearsal, and will be first presented to the public as a reading in the summer of 2014!
Recently Archived: Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life
ITP proudly presents the return of this original adaptation of the classic movie, set in the fictional studios of WVL Radio. Join four intrepid radio actors as they set out to save their beloved station from going belly up. After a winter storm strands the regularly scheduled cast and crew, this rag-tag band of station employees struggles against the odds to present It’s A Wonderful Life live on the air! Click here for tickets to IAWL in Asheville!
The concept of Immediate Theatre is a big one. (Peter Brook had quite a lot to say on the matter, of course.)
For us, what is boils down to is choosing plays that feel viscerally, powerfully, of the current moment; plays that have significance not just in a general way, but that matter right now. This means we are not limited in our season selection by artificial outside requirements (we need a classic! we need new plays!) but 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
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, […]