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A message regarding the COVID-19 Virus

UPDATE: A short while ago, Buncombe County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Fletcher Tove announced, as a continuation of the Local State of Emergency Supplemental Declaration, the immediate closure of several businesses, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Subsequently Gov. Cooper issued a statewide Stay at Home order, affecting movement of all residents and visitors. All live performance venues, including ours, are affected. Therefore, we have reluctantly cancelled our opening production, Comedy of Errors, which was scheduled to open Friday, May 1.

The Montford Park Players is committed to opening our 2020 season as soon as the order is lifted.

The safety and well-being of our patrons, staff, and artists is always of utmost importance. We will be proactively increasing the frequency of disinfecting all high touch areas in our theater and restroom building. Hand wash will be available in all our bathrooms, along with sinks and air dryers, and we have added hand sanitizing dispensers at our tavern and elsewhere in our public areas. We encourage our audience, artists, volunteers, and employees to follow the CDC hygiene practices regarding hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and other common sense precautions.

If you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to stay home and contact the Box Office to reschedule your reserved seating

Please reach out to the Box Office at [email protected] or 828-254-5146 or consult our website for our most updated information.

We encourage our friends and followers to make a gift to keep the lights on and for our staff to continue receiving paychecks at:

We have a fantastic 2020 season lined up for you (and your friends and your family). The run of plays you’ll enjoy (completely free!) over the months ahead is enough to make any fan of live theater swoon. The nights you spend before the stage lights and under the stars with us will captivate, enchant, and thrill — making this a year you will never forget. All productions at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.


A Comedy of Errors, by W. Shakespeare – May 1-23 Cancelled due to the Governor’s Stay at Home order.

Slapstick and farce abound in one of the Bard’s early plays. See where he honed his penchant for puns, word play, and mistaken identities.



The Trojan Women, by Euripides – May 29-June 20

Considered the author’s greatest work and one of the best plays of Classical Literature. This one is going to be a “can’t miss!”


The Sword in the Stone, by Shaan SharmaA North Carolina Premiere! – June 26-July 25 – Sponsored by White Duck Taco Shop

The Arthurian legend begins right here, with some family-friendly adventure to get you and the kids through midsummer.



Antony and Cleopatra, by W. Shakespeare – A Montford Moppets Production – July 3-12 (5:30 pm)

Politics and romance collide with Rome’s greatest general and the Queen of Egypt herself. The first production of the year for MPP’s brilliant teenagers!


The Tempest, by W. Shakespeare – A Montford Moppets Production – July 31-August 2 (7:30 pm July 31 – Aug. 2; 5:30 pm Aug. 7 – 9)

Another by Montford’s teen wing. A shipwreck leads a motley crew to an island filled with magic and mystery.



Pericles, by W. Shakespeare – August 7-29 Sponsored by Parsec Financial!

This rarely presented work gets the MPP treatment on the mainstage. If you’re looking to complete the canon, you’ve got to check this one off the list.



Macbeth, by W. Shakespeare – September 4-26 Sponsored by The Matt & Molly Team

One of the most-popular plays ever written, this classic tale of murder and madness appears just in time for students to ask their English teachers for some extra credit.



Richard III, by W. Shakespeare – A Montford Moppets Production – October 2-11

The Moppets close their summer season with this dark and brooding history of one of


England’s most treacherous kings.

Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen – October 23-31

An action-adventure/horror sequel to William Shakespeare’s HAMLET. Set five years after the events of the original, the undead have risen to power and are trying to take over the world, led by the zombie lord and true king of Denmark.

“Seeing Shakespeare performed live is truly an experience like no other. And the Montford Park Players make live theater an absolute delight. The charm, the humor, the breathtaking excitement and passion of it all — this troupe knows how to leave its audiences utterly captivated, spellbound.” – Sebastian Michaels

“The caliber of a Montford Park Player performance can fool you into thinking these are paid, professional actors and not volunteers. The production team, the actors, the directors and designers and stage managers, all push through the material to find the truth that connects with today’s audience. It’s that dedication that elevates much of what Montford Park Players has accomplished in the past and will continue to achieve in the future.” – Adam Arthur

“There is something special about this long-standing Asheville tradition of free outdoor theater that the Montford Park Players provide. Picnics, bottles of wine, pints of local brews and a setting sun combine for a perfect atmosphere. In the world of local theater, these are the official signs that summer is on its way.” – Mountain Xpress

This project receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Dept of Cultural Resources,
with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Asheville Area Arts Council.
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