Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Help Us Celebrate Our First Birthday!

Come learn what Asheville's newest indie theatre is all about--and have a cupcake! Hang out at Firestorm Cafe with Anam Cara Theatre Company members while we celebrate our first birthday and enjoy live music by Emily Ryane. Get information about upcoming events and shows, and meet some fun people.

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  1. Hello Friends,

    I though you might be interested in this. Please mark your calendar and join me for this free film screening about arts and ability in Asheville on Sunday, March 7. If you want to live in a community where all members are included, where the arts and education help bridge differences, and where your sister, brother, cousin, or neighbor who happens to live with disability is part of creating our community, join us.Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj8jHYjZfxk

    A New Kind of Listening is the story of a visionary director, a one-of-a-kind theater group, and a young man who could not speak, yet found the voice he had been looking for all his life. After the screening, the local organizers will be collecting information of those interested in being part of a larger community arts and ability initiative. Playback Theatre and NC Stage Company are both on board and we hope you will join us also. A workshop, “Connecting Authentically to People Who Live with Disability” will be held on March 8 at Jubilee as well.

    More below. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Very Best,



    Asheville, NC (February 7, 2010) –A NEW KIND OF LISTENING (ANKL) www.anewkindoflistening.com proves that a small community arts project has the power to transform lives. The documentary film will play one night only – Sunday, March 7, at 7 p.m. – at Jubilee! Community Church in downtown Asheville, 46 Wall St. The event is free and open to the public. The space is wheelchair accessible and the film is subtitled.

    ANKL tells the story of Chris Mueller-Medlicott, a young man with cerebral palsy who was mislabeled “profoundly mentally retarded” because he could not speak. Chris breaks through into stunning self-expression in this moving and inspiring film. The hour-long documentary, by Durham filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer, takes viewers inside the creative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group, as local cast members – some with disabilities – create and perform an original stage piece.

    Inclusive Arts in Asheville

    The larger vision of the film screening is to inspire and encourage community inclusive arts initiatives in Asheville. There will be an announcement at the March 7 film screening about future theater workshops and opportunities to be involved in a larger inclusive arts initiative, where people with and without disabilities can work and play together creatively. Those interested in supporting this effort should attend the screening for more information.

    Polly Medlicott, co-producer and Chris’ mother (also a resident of Barnardsville), has committed to taking the film on the road across North America in her tiny Teardrop camper with a goal of catalyzing inclusive community arts initiatives. Over the next few years, she hopes to bring awareness to the power of inclusive arts to grow open and diverse communities.

    Community Workshop

    On the day after the screening, Monday, March 8, from 7-9 p.m. at Jubilee!, there will be a workshop, “Connecting Authentically to People Who Live with Disability.” This will be an opportunity to get in touch with and go beyond feelings of discomfort around communicating with people who live with disabilities. There’s a suggested donation of $10 for the workshop, and registration is open from now until Monday, March 8 at noon, by contacting Polly Medlicott medlicottpolly@yahoo.com.