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Whimsical Modern Fairy Tale From Acclaimed Playwright to Open ACA's 6th Milestone Season

Whimsical Modern Fairy Tale From Acclaimed Playwright to Open ACA's 6th Milestone Season

Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville's professional children's theatre announces the first production of its 6th Season, FAILURE: A LOVE STORY, a whimsical modern fairytale with direction by Abby Felder and Eva Von Schweinitz, and musical direction and arranging by Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambill of Jonesalee.

The show, which will be held at the company's new theatre home, Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street), will run from April 5-15, Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 1pm and 4pm, and Sundays at 1pm with added performance Sunday April 8 at 4pm and Thursday April 12 at 7pm. Tickets are $12 for students and $23 for adults and are available at the company website,

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY includes tuneful songs and a whimsical chorus that relate the story of 3 sisters Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. This magical, musical, modern fairy tale follows the journey of 3 women growing to adulthood, and shows that in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

Producing Director Abby Felder says "we are delighted to kick off our sixth season with a beautiful story that will showcase the inventive work we are known for. Elements of found object puppetry will mix with live video from designer Eva Von Schweinitz to construct a whimsical and modern take on the ways young people and their families navigate love and loss, success and failure, and other challenges of growing into adulthood. We are lucky to continue partnership with our artist corps, including Daniele Martin, Maggie Neas Katie Jones, and Alex Smith, plus the musical talents of Jonesalee, on this project that helps us continue to push the boundaries of children's theatre with relevant themes and striking aesthetics.

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY will include weekday matinee performances for camp and school groups from April 4-6 and 10-13 with specially discounted $5 and free tickets, plus pre-show study guide designed in accordance with Common Core benchmarks for learning, and post-show Q&A underwritten by generous individual donors with limited full price tickets available to the public. For information on booking these shows, contact Abby Felder at 914-830-3000 or at

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY is generously supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Asheville's critically acclaimed, award winning theatre devoted to creating works for children of all ages, Asheville Creative Arts was founded in 2013. Led by Abby Felder with Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambill of Jonesalee, and with a new Resident Company of local and national talent helmed by Katie Jones, Alex Smith, Daniele Martin, Anthony Napoletano, Nehprii Amenii and Marie Yokoyama. ACA has the following mission: to produce, present and create professional and innovative theatre for the very young to the young at heart, and embrace diverse cultures with a main stage season of productions of musical, literary adaptations, and puppet based work that push the boundaries of children's theatre; to train the next generation of artists; and to ensure that all families in Western NC and beyond have access to theatre arts through outreach such as touring, and "in-reach" such as specially discounted performances for school and community groups. In honor of contributions to the cultural landscape, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declared July 18, 2014 "Asheville Creative Arts Day;" and CLICK, CLACK, MOO, the company's summer production from 2017, received an award from Puffin Foundation West.

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