Pay What You Can for Graceland/Asleep on the Wind, June 19

 On Sunday, June 19th, Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy will host a "Pay What You Can Day" for the 2 PM matinee of Graceland/Asleep on the Wind. The deal is on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, the showing off of Elvis memorabilia will get audiences in for only $20 for the Wednesday-Friday night shows.

Graceland/Asleep on the Wind by Ellen Byron are two stories about true-blue Elvis fans Bev (Sherrie Sutton) and Rootie (Estelle Collins) who are camped out before the gates of Graceland, each determined to be the first to enter the sacred precinct. Then theatregoers will journey back in time ten years before Graceland's opening for Asleep on the Wind to a small clearing in Bayou Teche, Louisiana. This is the "special place" that Rootie refers to in the other play and where Rootie and her favorite brother, Beau (Chris Chappell), come to share their secrets," as the show is described in a press release.

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy runs though August 28, 2005 with each production in the six-show series completing a 10-day run. Recently, Kate Shindle and Nicholas Rodriguez starred in its inaugural show, a hit production of The Last Five Years. Other shows in the season include Proof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Starting Here, Starting Now and a special season ender featuring Raleigh's own Lauren Kennedy and her husband Alan Campbell In Concert.

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy is a professional theatre company whose mission is to serve the citizens of Raleigh, Wake County and Eastern Carolina by "keeping the lights on" and producing professional theatrical performances in the Kennedy Theater at the BTI Center for the Performing during the months of June, July and August. Hot Summer Nights goal is to produce great shows that are varied in type, attitude and scope and employ actor, stage crew and staff of all ages, races and creed from North Carolina and Broadway. Hot Summer Nights will use our resources to nourish, celebrate and employ many theatrical groups, colleges, charities and citizens and support and assist the City of Raleigh with entertainment needs.

Individual tickets for Graceland/Asleep on the Wind are $35 but with the purchase of two seats, the second ticket is only $15 (when purchased together and excluding opening night). Group and Student discounts are also available. Additionally, Elvis fans can expect the Royal Treatment during any weeknight show--anyone who purchases walk-up tickets on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for Graceland/Asleep on the Wind and shows the box office their Elvis memorabilia will get in for only $20.

To order call 919-834-4000, go to, or the BTI Center Box Office. For additional info: visit the Hot Summer Nights website at

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