Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. Nestled in the shadow of Cold Mountain in Waynesville, The HART Theatre, founded in 1985, is a semi-professional community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region and beyond.

Dead Man's Cell Phone runs from Jan. 18-27 — A woman is sitting in a café. A man is sitting at the table next to her. His cell phone rings. He doesn’t answer it. She becomes annoyed but finally realizes he’s dead. She answers his phone.  Her life will never be the same. From the author of In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, and featuring Laura Gregory, Jeff Messer, Christy Bishop, Lyn Donley, Anna Denson, and Charles Mills. Directed by Steve Lloyd. Contains adult material.

Bop and Eve runs Feb. 1-10 — A brother and sister who have been disconnected in recent years find themselves back in their parents’ home for Christmas only to rediscover and solve their childhood issues. Watch Robert and Evelyn relive their former selves in this heartwarming comedic drama featuring David Yeates and Sarah Lipham. Contains adult material.

The Gin Game runs Feb. 15-24 — Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, strike up an acquaintance. Neither seems to have any other friends, and they start to enjoy each other’s company. Weller offers to teach Fonsia how to play gin rummy, and they begin playing a series of games that Fonsia always wins. Weller’s inability to win a single hand becomes increasingly frustrating to him, while Fonsia becomes increasingly confident. Featuring Judy Dybwad and David Spivey. Contains adult language.

Red runs from March 1-9 — Mark Rothko in his New York studio in 1958/59, having been commissioned to paint a group of murals for the expensive and exclusive Four Seasons Restaurant.  He gives orders to his assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, and paints the canvases. Ken, however, brashly questions Rothko’s theories of art and his acceding to work on such a commercial project. Directed by Jeff Messer and featuring Dakota Mann and Marc Cameron. Contains adult language.

Venus in Fur runs from March 15-24 — Thomas Novachek is the writer-director of a new play opening in New York City; this play-within-the-play is an adaptation of an 1870’s. The play begins with Novachek on the telephone lamenting the inadequacies of the actresses who have showed up that day to audition for the lead character. Suddenly, at the last minute, a new actress called bursts in. They both become caught up in the characters they are reading. The balance of power is reversed, and the actress establishes dominance over the director, which is similar to what occurs in the novel.  Featuring Jason Williams and Mandy Bean. Contains adult material.

Constellations runs from March 29-April 7 — The play follows Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a cosmologist through their romantic relationship. Marianne often waxes poetic about cosmology, quantum mechanics, string theory and the belief that there are multiple universes that pull peoples’ lives in various directions. This is reflected in the play’s structure as brief scenes are repeated, often with different outcomes.  Featuring  Julie Kinter and David Yeates. Contains adult material.

The Foreigner runs from April 26-May 12 — The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should. Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production.

The Bridges of Madison County runs from May 17 to June 9 — Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone. When a ruggedly handsome photographer pulls into her driveway seeking directions though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life. Winner of two Tony Awards, this musical romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. 

Stardust A Supper Club Review runs from June 14-20— It’s our annual dinner theatre and this year we take you back to the classic evenings of the 1940’s and 1950’s when dining out with a floor show and a stage-side table was the ultimate in glamour. Come for an evening of great food, fabulous music, a bit of dance and some unexpected surprises.

Oliver runs from July 5-28 — Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – for love.

A Facility for Living runs through runs from Aug. 2-18 — The Golden Girls meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in the hilarious and possibly disturbing story of what life may be like in the not-so-distant future. For the residents of Federal Nursing Home #273, every day is a monotonous cycle of pills, old Ronald Reagan movies, and mandatory bedtimes, all overseen by the killjoy head nurse. When a new resident arrives to shake things up, this band of misfits hatch an outrageous plan to break all the rules and in the process rediscover purpose and dignity in the face of a system mightily stacked against them.

Mamma Mia! runs Aug. 23 through Sept. 15 — This hit musical, featuring the songs of ABBA, tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the sunny Greek island they last visited 20 years ago.

The Crucible runs from Sept. 27-Oct. 13 — This classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692, the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s, and the events of today. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

Arsenic and Old Lace runs from Oct. 18-Nov. 3 — Laugh your head off at the homicidal activities of two sweet spinster ladies, Abby and Martha Brewster, who just happen to be insane. They are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging.

Ticket prices vary and are on sale at www.harttheatre.org or by calling 456-6322.

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