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Asheville, here I come!

ASHEVILLE, N.C.: By all means, bring your Birkenstocks. The bohemian getaway of Asheville, N.C., welcomes outdoorsy types, hikers, even yoga nuts. But the city is also in the process of reinventing itself as the next theatre-destination hotspot in the South. About 20 North Carolina theatre companies are gathering forces, many for the second time, for a new season of Stoneleaf: A Festival of North Carolina Theatre, May 26-June 24. Taking place at a bevy of venues in downtown Asheville and at the Flat Rock Playhouse in nearby Flat Rock, the event aims to spotlight the state's best of the best. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the only state festival of its type in the nation," says Terry Milner, executive director of Stoneleaf's organizer, the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

The thriving mountain town is alive to the sounds of musicals (Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, EbZb Productions of Raleigh's War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II), comedy (Norm Foster's The Melville Boys, Transactors Improv Company of Chapel Hill), dramas (PlayMakers Repertory Company's I Am My Own Wife, Temple Theatre of Sanford's The Lonesome West, and Redundant Theatre Company Theatre of Asheville's series of bar plays at a local dive), and classics (Tom Glynn in Wallace Shawn's The Fever, Burning Coal Theatre Company's Miss Julie). Visit


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Title Annotation:Stoneleaf: A Festival of North Carolina Theatre
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5NC
Date:May 1, 2006
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