Magnetic 375 at 375 Depot Street 914.830.3000

Mainstage Productions

Failure: A Love Story a whimsical modern fairy tale


April 2018

a modern fairy tale following 3 sisters from acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins

a new musical for audiences of all ages created by Jonesalee

BUGS! a new immersive musical

July 2018

from ACA's resident artists, Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambill of Jonesalee

children enjoy watching a performance of live theater in Asheville


by Jonesalee

lead artists Abby Felder (direction), Blakeney Bullock (choreography), Brenda Gambill and Gina Stewart (creators / musical directors)

at Magnetic 375
375 Depot Street in the River Arts District

July 19-29, 2018

Fri - 7pm | Sat - 1pm & 3:30pm Sun- 1pm
with added performances Sun July 22 at 3:30pm and Thurs July 26 at 7pm

*meant to be enjoyed by everyone 5 and older

When a band of buskers are magically transformed into insects, they must listen to and learn from one another before being returned to their human form.  Will they? Comprised of a series of vignettes, this immersive musical spectacle observes and explores the tiny, teeming insect world, in a funny and uplifting experience that asks us to pause, look closely and consider the little things.

With: Edwin Salas Acosta (Horsefly, Hand Percussion), Holly Heveron-Smith (Mantis, Drums), Jake Donham (Wooly Worm, Keys, Bass), Laura Blackley (Busker Band Leader / Guitar), and Tristan Cameron (Ladybug, Harmonica)

Puppets/Costumes: Edwin Salas Acosta
Video/Projections: Holly Heveron-Smith
Production Coordinator: Abby Auman

ACA offers specially discounted Camp and School Matinees with $5 tickets, pre-show study guide, and post-show Q&A with discussion questions developed with educators and family therapy practitioners to help audiences discuss content explored during performance.  Performances are July 19 & 20 and 25-27 at 1pm at Magnetic 375. For more information and to reserve contact or call 914-830-3000.

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Cast of Failure: A Love Story


by Philip Dawkins

directed by Abby Felder with Eva von Schweinitz & Gina Stewart

with musical soundscape from Jonesalee


"whimsical, sweetly philosophical...a story about grabbing hold of life and savoring it to the fullest, come what may."- Los Angeles Times

at Magnetic 375
375 Depot Street in the River Arts District

Tickets: $23 (adults) | $12 (students)

April 6-15, 2018

Fri April 6 - 7pm | Sat April 7 - 1 & 4| Sun, April 8 at 4pm; 

Thur April 12 - 7pm |Fri April 13 - 7pm | Sat April 14 - 1 & 4pm | Sun April 15 at 1pm

*meant to be enjoyed by everyone 8 and older

Through a series of random events that befall the three Fail sisters, Failure: A Love Story shows us how life is both unfair and precious. This bold and quirky modern fairy tale about love and loss leaves audiences with the message, “Just because something ends, that don’t mean it wasn’t a great success.”

In its 6th milestone season, ACA showcases its signature style combining lyrical language and sophisticated visual storytelling through live video and found object puppets in a whimsical story that captures how while time is measured consistently by clocks, everyone experiences its passage differently.

With: Daniele Martin, Julia Cunningham, Katie Jones, Kelsey Sewell

Dramaturgy: Alex Smith    Ast Director: Eva von Schwienitz  Lights: Jason Williams

Set Dressing & Props: Chifforobe Home & Garden

Video: Holly Heveron-Smith & Flywheel Films

Puppets: Katie Jones

Marketing & Education Coordinator: Lisa Yoffee

Production Coordinator: Abby Auman

ACA offers specially discounted Camp and School Matinees with $5 tickets, pre-show study guide, and post-show Q&A.  Performances are April 5 & 6 and April 10-13 at Magnetic 375. For more information and to reserve contact or call 914-830-3000.

Join us for special events! We will host post-show discussions with community organizations to explore themes from the show in an informal setting that will deepen the theater going experience:

April 7 & 14 - 1pm: Conversation with healthcare advocates from Givens Highland Farms, Sheree Boyd and John Shnell.

April 8 - 4pm and April 15 - 1pm: Conversation with YouthOutRight, an organization that empowers youth of all gender and sexual identities to reach their full potential.

Download our Fun Guide with discussion questions and fun arts & crafts activities for pre and post-show!

FAILURE: A Love Story is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, distributed by the Asheville Area Arts Council.

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