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Drama to host the Ensemble Theatre Company
October 26, 2012
The A-B Tech Drama Club is pleased to host the Ensemble Theatre Company, Asheville’s newest professional theatre company, as the company makes its debut with “What Teachers Make: an evening of Taylor Mali’s Poetry” performed by Andrew Hampton Livingston and directed by Dusty McKeelan at 7:30 p.m. November 1 - 3 at the Carriage House Theatre (Fernihurst Annex A) on the Asheville campus of A-B Tech. All tickets are pay-what-you-can, available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.
Taylor Mali is something of a cult figure in spoken word poetry. His poems about teaching and being taught are funny, opinionated, and a heartfelt defense of the teaching profession. Livingston is performing some of Mali’s best-known poems with permission from the poet himself (who texted his formal permission with this brief message: “You have my permission. You honor me.”
Ensemble Theatre Company (or ETC) will stage its next production, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula, at North Carolina Stage Company in December. Directed by Andrew Hampton Livingston and starring Michael MacCauley, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is the darkly funny and deeply moving story of Marley’s last-ditch efforts to redeem old Scrooge. Livingston and MacCauley are Equity actors living and working in Asheville. Both have appeared frequently in productions from other professional companies including Immediate Theatre Project, NC Stage, and Flat Rock Playhouse. “Ensemble Theatre Company breaks the traditional hierarchy of the east coast regional theatre. Every member of the company gets to share their ideas and talent to create one voice. We plan to train together as artists creating high quality theatre and make sure the bar for great performance continues to grow in Western North Carolina,” said Andrew Hampton Livingston, ETC’s co-founder.
The Carriage House Theatre is the home of the A-B Tech Drama program and the A-B Tech Drama Club. Headed by Peter Carver, A-B Tech Drama has converted its space into a flexible black-box theatre, which in the past has held productions as ambitious as August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. The A-B Tech Drama Club was founded in 2003 to encourage students to participate in drama at the community’s college. A-B Tech now offers an AFA in Drama, and such classes as Acting for the Camera, Stage Makeup, Acting I and II, Voice for Performance, Play Production and Stagecraft are available to curriculum students. The A-B Tech Drama Club produced its first play, The Boys Next Door, at Asheville High School in December 2004.