Buncombe Tower

Pictured are Jay Allen Ponton, Marlene Thompson, Lindsay Lee, and Corey Parlamento.

The mark of all great satirists is that they can examine their society and entertain their audience at the same time.

Local playwright Peter Lundblad is no exception. His new play, Buncombe Tower, is wildly funny and strange, while also being an acerbic critique about the nature of progress and human greed.

Buncombe Tower is set in the fictional Wolfe City, which mirrors the town og Asheville. In this futuristic, occult version of the city, tourists exist on sky bridges, in a separate part of the city, and everyone else is relegated to living in the pits.

Buncombe Tower is an occult history of a fictional city much like this one. It follows a mythical path, a possible future, and its prodigal daughter is trying to sort it all out. This world premiere by Asheville playwright Peter Lundblad is a fable about the casualties of gentrification told through poetry, puppetry and fantasy.

Buncombe Tower opens on May 10 and runs through June 2 at The Magnetic Theatre, located at 375 Depot St. in the River Arts District.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for General Admission and $10 for students. For tickets and information, please visit www.themagnetictheatre.org.

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