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Asheville Playback Theatre was founded in 1995 in North Carolina, USA, by Raphael Peter and Cat Gilliam. Now entering its sixteenth season, APT's public performances are all part of the overall theme “Building a Community of Neighbors”.

In playback theatre, personal stories from audience members will be transformed into performance pieces, accompanied by improvised music. As always with playback, the teller’s story will be honored both as a personal event, and as a moment representing our shared experience. In a playback gathering, it is not unusual for audience members to exclaim “but this is my story too!” Through sharing our local experiences, the company hopes to create a meeting ground for the Asheville community, a place where differences can be shared and better understood.

APT's 2012-2013season. The company will present a series of public performances in Asheville, some at the Altamont Theater, 18 Church Street, and some NC Stage, 15 Stage Lane, plus other locations. For all shows, tickets will be available at the door for $10 (adults) or $5 (children), with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Dates, Topics, Locations, and Times for Season Seventeen include:
Fri., Sept. 7 Altamont Theater , 8PM
Fri., Oct. 5 Altamont Theater , 8PM
Fri, Jan 4 "The Gender Spectrum" - NC Stage, 8PM
Sat, Jan 5 Annual Youth Show: "It's Your Turn" - NC Stage, 2PM
Sat, Jan 5 Playback performance with Featured Guest composer, poet, musician & APT member--Annelinde Metzner - NC Stage, 8PM
Sun, Jan 6 "Anything Goes" (not a performance of the musical!) - NC Stage, 2PM
Future dates To be determined - contact Fields 828.273.0995

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APT extends a special invitation to people who do not often attend live theatre, people whose history or experience in Asheville is not commonly shared, and people who are curious to meet new neighbors and reach across some of the divides that exist in our community.

We are continuing to offer a monthly workshop in playback theatre techniques, held on the third Saturday of each month from 10AM to 1PM at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road in Asheville. The workshops are free of charge, and all are invited to attend.

Asheville Playback Theatre is also available for private bookings. Since our purpose is to honor people's real life experiences, we have been hired for some of the following: business trainings & team building conferences, social service organizations' retreats, community building events, special occasions such as birthday parties, anniversaries & holidays, and many other venues. We can tailor our unique improvisational, story-based theater to fit your specifications or needs.

APT is a member of the International Playback Theatre Network and founded the Global Playback events which were held around the world for several years, as envisioned by Raphael Peter.

Contact: Robert Thomas (a/k/a Fields)
thopiano@bellsouth.net / 828-273-0995

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