“Asheville’s Immediate Theatre Project has consistently done remarkable work and delivers again with Shipwrecked! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)… guaranteed to entertain.”
Check back soon for info on ITP’s 2013/2014 season!
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.
For information about bringing this show to your community, contact our booking agent here.
For inquiries regarding performance rights, contact the playwright by email here.
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