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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Teaser trailer for Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective production of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - REDUX

1968 - The rural Southeast.

The recently deceased are returning to life, and committing unspeakable acts of violence and murder. On the eve of this unimaginable outbreak, five people from disparate walks of life find themselves trapped in a crumbling farmhouse miles from help. As the hoard of undead close in and the pressure of the situation mounts, will the common cause of survival be enough to get them through the night?

Based on the iconic horror film by George A. Romero and John Russo, this adaptation is a dark and intense thriller which looks deeply into the human condition. It begs us to answer the question: When race, gender, class and perceived intelligence and intents of others obfuscates rational discourse and resolve, how can a society survive?

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - REDUX
Written and Directed by Rodney Smith
Based on original characters by George A. Romero and John Russo.

Starring:
Drez Ryan
Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey
DiAnna E. Ritola
Eamon Martin
and
Darren Marshall

November 3 - 19 (Thurs - Sat) 7:30PM
MAGNETIC 375. 375 Depot Street. RIVER ARTS DISTRICT

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You have heard the buzz...

So here is the official announcement.

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective is proud to present...

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - REDUX

An original adaptation of a classic tale, which promises to change the way you think of humanity... and zombies.

Written and Directed by Rodney Smith

Starring:
Drez Ryan
Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey
DiAnna E. Ritola
Eamon Martin
Darren Marshall
Scott Cameron
and Paul Matthew Gallaher

November 3 - 19 (Thurs - Sat) at Magnetic 375. 375 Depot St.
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Spotlight on Rasheeda Speaking actor Kristi DeVille, playing Ileen:

Kristi DeVille, a native of southern Louisiana, has been working as an actor, director, and dance choreographer for 20 years. She is the Resident Dance Choreographer for Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective. This will mark her first time on stage with the company. When she is not working with DSPAC, she is the Resident Dance Choreographer for Montford Park Players, Director of First Stage Youth Theatre, and a dance instructor at Warren Wilson College. Notable acting credits: Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Lancelot and Nerissa in Merchant of Venice, Violante in Double Falsehood, Bushie and Violet in Whatever.

Using only 5 adjectives, what was your initial response to Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson?

Challenging, pertinent, disturbing, infuriating, tense.

If you had to narrow it down, what are 3 reasons audiences must see Rasheeda Speaking?

(1) When I first read the play a year ago, I worried that the characters would seem too extreme in certain ways. Now, with all that’s been happening in this country in regards to race, this play seems very fitting. I think audiences need to see theatre that is addressing racism in this way. (2) My hope is that audiences watching this might reflect on their own actions. My character doesn’t realize that she is being racist. In this play, we highlight a subtle, backdoor form of racism that is prevalent today. (3) Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective is such an important theater company. People need to come out to see this play. They should see every play we produce!

Why is DS!PAC important to Asheville? What sets them apart in the theatre community?

DS!PAC shows always serve a purpose- they always have a socio-political message. The shows are entertaining, but there is a uniting theme of making a difference. We don’t have another theatre in town with this particular mission. Other companies produce thought-provoking plays for sure, but with Different Strokes, one knows walking into the theater that they will be moved in some way. I think this is important. This community needs a theatre that is consistently working on the issues of hate that surrounds us.
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by Joel Drake Johnson

Directed by Scott Keel and Assistant Director Nathan Singer

September 1-17, 2016


“RASHEEDA SPEAKING [is] an exquisitely tense and often cringingly funny portrait of racial paranoia…Chilling. An incendiary play by Joel Drake Johnson.” —The New York Times. “…the racially charged atmosphere thickens fast in RASHEEDA SPEAKING, an acidic depiction of race, power and friendship. Blending darkly awkward workplace comedy with intense racial tension, Johnson’s office-politics thriller is not afraid to push buttons hard.” —Time Out (New York). A wild ride…a wallop of a play…a thrilling must-see play.” —New York Magazine. “‘The doctor will see you now’ takes on a whole new meaning in [this] comedy-drama that’s jagged, jolting and just plain terrific.” —New York Daily News. (Read More Here)

Rasheeda Speaking features: Steph Hickling Beckman, CJ Breland, Kristi DeVille, and Eamon Martin.

A Post Show Discussion immediately follows Friday and Saturday night performances.

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