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      November 16, 2017

      Thursday   7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (weekly Thursday through Saturday for 9 times)

      375 Depot St.
      Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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      Uranium 235

      THE MAGNETIC THEATRE CELEBRATES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DAVID BRENDAN HOPE’S URANIUM 235

      Acclaimed Asheville playwright David Brenden Hopes’ historical fantasy, Uranium 235, will have its world premiere production at The Magnetic Theatre, with a three-week run from November 2 through November 18. Hopes is an accomplished playwright with numerous awards for his plays and poetry. The Magnetic Theatre presented the world premiere of another play by Hopes in 2015; Washington Place, which was a critically lauded production. Uranium 235 delves into a tense moment in American history, in the waning days of World War II, as President Harry S. Truman struggles to come to grips with the whether or not to drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan.

      David Brendan Hopes is a well-known Asheville-based poet and actor as well as playwright. His plays Abbott’s Dance, 7 Reece Mews, Edward the King, and, most recently, The Loves of Mr Lincoln have been produced in New York. Another play, Night Music was the recipient of the 2017 North Carolina New Play Project Award (an award that Hopes also received for his play Saint Patrick’s Well.) His memoir, A Childhood in the Milky Way was a National Book Award and Pulitzer nominee. He teaches creative writing at UNC-Asheville.

      The cast for Uranium 235 includes Asheville area actors Mike Yow, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Jim Weyhenmeyer, Bettina Holmes, Hannah Williams-Beaver, Kiran Bursenos, and Eugene Jones. The creative team includes Kayren McKnight (Scenic and Costume Design), Abby Auman (Lighting Design), Mary Zogzas (Sound Design), Kristi DeVille (choreography), and Ginger Haselden (music and vocal coach). The play will be directed by Andrew Gall, a prolific regional theatre veteran with extensive local and national credits. Gall is also currently serving as Interim Managing Artistic Director for the Magnetic Theatre. Marissa Wilson is the production stage manager.

      “My theory of history is that it is not inevitable or determined, but is made up of choices and might well have been very different if different choices had been made. To hunt and gather or to farm? Worship the Sky Father or the Earth Mother? Control or kindness?” ruminates, Hopes. “Nearer our time, we come to Harry S Truman, whose choice it was to loose unknown fury on the world, or to slog through a predictable and withering process of military attrition. No President after Lincoln had a graver circumstance to face. We know what he chose, but perhaps not why he chose it. This play is a sort of thought experiment for the playwright, to absolve someone I believe to be a good man. he looks a good deal like my father, from a choice horrendous beyond the wisdom of almost any mortal. Plus, we still don’t know exactly how it comes out.”

      Uranium 235 will be presented at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District) Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, November 2-November 18, at The Magnetic’s newly announced popular prices, $12 for previews, $16 for all other performances. This project is supported, in part, by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, through a Grassroots Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council.

      The Magnetic Theatre presents the world premiere of David Brendan Hopes’ Uranium 235, directed by Andrew Gall; with choreography by Kristi DeVille and Music Direction/Arrangements by Ginger Haselden. Featuring Mike Yow, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Jim Weyhenmeyer, Bettina Holmes, Kiran Bursenos, Hannah Williams-Beaver, and Eugene Jones. Scenic and Costume Design by Kayren McKnight. Lighting Design by Abby Auman and Sound design by Mary Zogzas. Production stage manager is Marissa Wilson. Theatre located at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District). Low-priced previews November 2 and 3. Opening night with complimentary Prosecco, November 4. Continues Thursdays-Saturdays through November 18. All performances at 7:30 PM. Previews $12. All other performances $16. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D. Prices include taxes and fees. Tickets and info: www.themagnetictheatre.org.

      Cost: Payment required - Low-priced previews $12, all other performances $16. Student rush tickets available for $10 at 15 min before curtain with valid ID.

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