If I Had This Truck: Contestants Ronald (Jay Allen Ponton), Janis (Linda Pannullo), Benny (Paul Gerber), Norma (Lau Magie) and Jesus (Aaron Ybarra) are in it to win it - whoever keeps their hand on a new Nissan "hardbody" truck the longest will drive it away in Hands on a Hardbody at Asheville Community Theatre. 

For 10 determined Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. The last one with their hand on a new Nissan hardbody truck wins it. Hands on a Hardbody is a country pop musical with music by Trey Anastasio of Phish and Amanda Green and a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright that centers on good music, good stories, and a beautiful Aztec red Nissan pick up truck.

Come to Asheville Community Theatre to see who’s the last person standing!

Asheville Community Theatre’s production of Hands on a Hardbody is directed by Jerry Crouch with music direction by Lynda Shuler. Hands on a Hardbody opens June 7, 2019 and runs through June 30,  with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Two additional performances are scheduled for Thursday nights June 20, 2019 and June 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are available online at, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office.

 Hands on a Hardbody is based on a true story and a legendary documentary by the same name. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, 10 contestants fight to keep at least one hand on a brand new "hardbody" Nissan truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream.

For Opening Weekend, all tickets are discounted at $26. Other Opening Weekend perks include complimentary champagne on Opening Night, complimentary chocolate on Saturday night, and a talk-back with the cast and crew after the Sunday matinee. Other weekend performances are $30.00. Children’s tickets for those age 17 and under are $15.00.

For more information about Hands on a Hardbody or about Asheville Community Theatre, please visit

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