The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce its partnership with new company in residence, Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective.

The local nonprofit theatre company will begin its residency in September kicking off its 2019/2020 Season at the Tina McGuire Theatre, the Wortham Center’s new black-box venue with comfortable, convertible seating options for 80-100 people.

Since its inception in 2010, Different Strokes! has primarily produced performances at The BeBe Theatre on Commerce Street, but, in recent years, the company’s popularity prompted its need for a larger space.

Over its last eight seasons, Different Strokes! has established a reputation around Asheville for producing provocative and entertaining theatre. Part of its mission is to increase and sustain opportunities for diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community by producing works that confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore our diverse world.

This partnership was made possible by the expansion of Diana Wortham Theatre, currently in the midst of its transformation from a single-stage entity to a three-venue performing arts complex. The new Wortham Center for the Performing Arts — comprising the Diana Wortham Theatre, the Tina McGuire Theatre and the Henry LaBrun Studio — will open in September 2019 to coincide with the Wortham Center’s 2019/2020 Mainstage Season.

Upon opening, all three Wortham Center spaces will be available for community event rental opportunities, from music and theatre to workshops and conferences, for dates other than its scheduled Mainstage Series or Different Strokes! performances.

This season, due to its new partnership with the Wortham Center, Different Strokes! has expanded its selections from four to five productions, beginning with “The Education of Ted Harris” by Jamie Knox from Sept. 12-28. The season continues with “Mixed Fandango” by Travis Lowe from Nov. 7-23, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” by Terrance McNally from March 5-21, 2020, “Frozen” by Bryony Lavery from June 6-20, 2020, and “Church & State” by Jason Odell Williams from Aug. 6-22, 2020. To read more about each of these productions, visit differentstrokespac.org.

The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts will officially open in September 2019 at 18 Biltmore Avenue. Visit www.dwtheatre.com. To inquire about booking, contact Operations Manager Tiffany Santiago at 828-210-9850 or at tiffany@dwtheatre.com.

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