Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.
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While you think of gifts this Holiday Season, why not consider Different Strokes! Start 2017 off right with tickets to our first show, coming February 9-25...

THE SUBMISSION by Jeff Talbott

Directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman & Nathan Singer

Featuring: Jon Stockdale, Kirby Gibson, Travis Lowe, and Maximilian Lee Koger

“Shaleeha G’ntamobi’s stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation’s preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G’ntamobi doesn’t exist, except in the imagination of wannabe-playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. But a nom-de-guerre may prove more useful as the lies pile up, shaky alliances are forged, and everyone dear to Danny must decide whether or not to run for cover as the whole thing threatens to blow up in his lily white face”. reprinted from Samuel French.

“The Submission is a raw, unsentimental play about race and gender that exposes the quiet prejudice and intolerance among even our most progressive thinkers. It is both uncomfortable and impossible to not watch.” – AP
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According to the Counselor at Asheville High there are currently 30 homeless students at AHS/SILSA and by year's end, that number could climb as high as 50:

Asheville High is collecting gift cards for kids in need for the holidays. These can be from grocery stores, drug stores, Walmart, Target, or anything you think a young person would enjoy. The cards can be dropped off at the AHS/SILSA office which is to the right of the big stairwell as you're facing it in the front of the school, on the lower/basement level.

Teens are especially vulnerable to hunger during the holidays because they are uncomfortable going to the free meal programs or asking for help. School social workers know who needs help the most, and they will get the cards into the right hands.

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 by   Jeff Talbott

February 9-25, 2017

"Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist, except in the imagination of wannabe-playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. But a nom-de-guerre may prove more useful as the lies pile up, shaky alliances are forged, and everyone dear to Danny must decide whether or not to run for cover as the whole thing threatens to blow up in his lily white face". reprinted from Samuel French.
"The Submission is a raw, unsentimental play about race and gender that exposes the quiet prejudice and intolerance among even our most progressive thinkers. It is both uncomfortable and impossible to not watch." - AP
 
 
 
Tickets are on sale now. Special Discount available for opening weekend! Buy tickets for The Submission by Jeff Talbott presented by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective

Coming Soon!

Our most entertaining show of the year! And our Annual Fundraiser. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is brilliantly funny and sure to be an audience favorite!

written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood

June 15-July 1, 2017

Winner 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival, Best Overall Production

“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a yummy piece hosted by five leaders of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. This bubbly bunch of 1950s chicks are all self-described “widows” living  in an unnamed middle-American town.  They are  meeting in a renovated community center for their annual breakfast, where the prize-winning quiche will be declared in a much-anticipated ceremony. The pending Communist threat of atomic attack forces the women in this idyllic American town to begin sharing their deepest secrets, which lead to some not-so-shocking confessions from the society’s leaders.   Will they be able to keep their cool and preserve their history as the Red Menace closes in?”

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