‘The Evolution of Woman’ showcases Asheville’s female theater talent


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Acclaimed playwright Lucia Del Vecchio’s upcoming world premiere by The Magnetic Theatre is more than just a play–it’s a full-length evening of one-acts exploring the stages of life from a female point of view. The author of previous Magnetic Theatre hits Shangri-La and The Family Tree, Del Vecchio brings her remarkable wit, empathy, and capacity for capturing the truth in simultaneously moving and comic ways to a variety of circumstances: a dance, a wedding, an outing for groceries, a call to a help line, and a wait at the airport, revealing what it’s like to be a woman today.

“Lucia has captured pivotal points in women’s lives and turned them into plays that are poignant, penetrating, and funny,” said Katie Anne Towner, one of The Magnetic Theatre’s recently named Associate Artistic Directors, who also appears in The Evolution of Woman.

“The result is vivid and mesmerizing theatre anyone can relate to.” The evening is helmed by Hope Spragg, who directed fix for The Magnetic Theatre last summer. It features some of Asheville’s strongest acting talents, such as Jennifer Gatti and Kelly Christianson, and introduces recent transplant Laura Crutchfield, wife of The Magnetic Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director John Crutchfield and herself a major star of the Berlin stage.

“It’s been interesting putting this show together,” Del Vecchio, the theatre’s third Associate Artistic Director, said recently. “Parts of it were written several years ago, and I’m at a very different place in my life now, so it’s interesting to see how intervening events have shaped the way I feel about these plays, and in some cases have inspired me to revisit, revise, and further develop them.”

The Evolution of Woman continually surprises and delights. It’s sure to bolster The Magnetic Theatre’s growing reputation as one of the most vibrant and exciting young theatres in the land.

The Evolution of Woman: Previews: March 22-23, Opening Night: March 24, Performances: March 29-31, April 5-7, April 12-14. Written by Lucia Del Vecchio. Directed by Hope Spragg. Lighting design by Ryan Madden. Set design by Kehren Barbour. Stage management by Justin Evans. Produced by Chall Gray.

Tickets $12/15. For tickets or reservations, please visit www.themagneticfield.com, call 828-668-2154, or stop by The Magnetic Field at 372 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts