2019-2020 SEASON

The Book Club Play


September 19-29

Written by Karen Zacarias

Directed by Nancy Winker


Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job, and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium. Sprinkled with fun references to documentaries and novels galore, from Moby Dick and Age of Innocence to Twilight and The Da Vinci Code, this buoyant comedy will have everyone laughing…and reflecting. A delightful play about life, love, literature, and the side-splitting results when friends start reading between the lines.




The Humans 


November 14-24

Written by Stephen Karam

Directed by Joel Perkin


An uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic.


Winner of the 2016 Tony



Bright Star


March 5-8

By Steve Martin and Edie Brickell 

Director Dan Harvey

Music Director Ben Chumley 


A musical set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46, with flashbacks to 1923. The musical is inspired by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album “Love Has Come For You.” This sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American south in the 1920s and ‘40s unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances.


Winner of the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical


“The shining achievement of the musical is its winsome country and bluegrass score.”

— The New York Times



The Cake


April 30 - May 10

By Bekah Brunstetter

Directed by Chris Tinkler 


Della makes cakes, not judgment calls. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life is turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.


“This is us as we could be, if we’d all just try a little harder.”

— Los Angeles Times


Outside the Box - Shakespeare and Friends

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Things go awry in ancient Athens when the mischievous sprite Puck meddles with a pair of mismatched lovers. Add in love potions, feuding fairies, an enchanted forest, and plenty of laughter for a night that seems "more strange than true." Shakespeare's beloved comedy shows us that magic is never far away.

Michelle has worked onstage and behind the scenes in theaters and independent films across Western NC and Upstate SC. She moved to Tryon five years ago after graduating from Converse College, and works as the Assistant Director of Communications at Tryon Fine Arts Center. She was last on the Tryon Little Theater stage in "Dancing at Lughnasa." Other recent projects include technical production for Jay Bergen's  "Lennon, the Mobster, and the Lawyer" directed by Catherine Gillet,at the Peace Center and New York City's 92nd Street Y and "The Gin Game" with the Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe. Last year she directed "Backstage with the Bard," an evening of Shakespeare scenes for Tryon Fine Arts Center's Stage Door Series that reminded her how much fun the classic plays could be.
Our Town
For the residents of Grover’s Corners, daily life proceeds at a predictable pace. The milkman arrives like clockwork, the neighbors perpetually gossip, and children contemplate their future. It’s a simple plot line but somehow expresses all the joys and complexities of life.  Two of these children, George Gibbs (Allen Law) and Emily Webb (Tara Sweeney) fall in love as adults and despite last minute nerves, get married.Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer, Tony and Academy Award winning play is a beloved theater classic.
Catherine Gillet (Director) is also a playwright, whose published and award winning plays have appeared  at many venues around the country, including  New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles.   While a member of Circle Repertory Company she studied with Craig Lucas, Terrance McNally,  Paula Vogel. And Terrence McNally.  Happily re-located from NY to Tryon, she is the director of The Dark Horse Theater Project, dedicated to  innovative theatrical presentations..




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