Ria Young

Playwright Ria Young will lmoderate the discussion of two plays during “The Narrative Discussion Series.”

This month, Asheville Community Theatre will launch “The Narrative,” a new online series devoted to reading and discussing plays.

The first discussion will take place on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s like a book club, but we’re reading and discussing plays,” said Jenny Bunn, marketing director at Asheville Community Theatre. “We’re not reading the plays out loud together. You’ll read them in advance on your own, but then we’ll all come together to talk about them.”

The two plays on the January agenda – “Choir Boy” and “The Brothers Size” – are by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

The discussion will be hosted and moderated by Asheville playwright, author, director and producer Ria Young, who also selected the two plays for the first event.

“I chose Tarell Alvin McCraney not only because of his massive influence on me, but also there is a raw authenticity about his work that’s based on personal and shared experiences,” said Young.

Scripts are available to check out at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office, located at 35 East Walnut St., or at Noir Collective, 39 S Market St Suite C.

“My hopes for this program are for people to convene with these works in their purest form, without the stage. Only the words, and the feeling you get from opening your heart and mind to receive what’s been written and discover what it really means for you. I also hope this program provides the opportunity for people to be exposed to more writings/writers of color,” Young said.

“We’re talking with the YMI and the Buncombe County Public Library about the scripts and the direction for the next installment of “The Narrative,” said Bunn. “And we’re very excited to see where those partnerships will lead.”

For more information about “The Narrative,” visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

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