St. Nicholas Bares its Teeth in 35below

Waylon Wood as St. Nicholas

A jaded theatre critic lands in the employment of vampires. But does he really? St. Nicholas is devilishly good storytelling and stars one of Asheville’s best, Waylon Wood, in this one-man show.

St. Nicholas will be performed Oct. 6-22 with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office.

In 90 minutes the critic spins a tale of booze, obsession and the undead. Wood plays the sole character, the middle-aged worn out Dublin theatre critic, who tells his guests (the audience) how his obsession with a young actress led to working for a house of vampires in London. Is he telling a story or some higher version of the truth?  “The best thing about being middle-aged is that I’m finally able to do this one-man show,” says Wood.

Conor McPherson is a highly acclaimed contemporary Irish playwright with a taste for the paranormal. His popular play, The Weir, tells ghost stories and The Seafarer brings the devil to a game of poker. In St. Nicholas, McPherson does vampires.

For tickets visit www.ashevilletheatre.org or call 828-254-1320. Asheville Community Theatre is located at35 East Walnut Street in Downtown Asheville.

What: St. Nicholas, a play by Conor McPherson

Who: Starring Waylon Wood, Directed by Betsy Puckett

Where: 35below at Asheville Community Theatre

When: Oct. 6-22; Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15.

About Shelby Harrell

Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.