North Carolina Stage Company — the intimate black-box theater at 15 Stage Lane in the heart of downtown Asheville — maintains its stronghold as the Best Local Theater Company in WNC and is a tried, true Best of WNC Hall of Famer.
Providing a diverse and ambitious lineup of quality theater, the 2010 main stage season featured a production of True West, a play by American playwright Sam Shepard, What the Butler Saw, a comedy written by English playwright Joe Orton and the annual Bard-a-Thon, a three-day, nonstop reading of Shakespeare's dramatic oeuvre. In between the main stage series, N.C. Stage offers its theater to local guest artists as part of its Catalyst Series, which supports grass-roots collectives and local talent across the region.
“We challenge ourselves to get better every time we start to work on a play,” says Charlie Flynn-McIver, the artistic director of N.C. Stage. “That’s our commitment to theater and to the community of Asheville and Western North Carolina. I think that’s why people tell us that seeing one of our productions is like being a fly on the wall,” he continues.
“You feel like you are there in the room as this couple goes through a breakup, or as those two strangers discover they are twins, to hilarious ends. Whether it’s funny, sad, tragic, poignant, satirical or all of it at once, theater touches an innate sense in all of us of what it is to be human. That’s the story we try to tell, and I think that’s why people keep coming to N.C. Stage.”
— Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt