Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Open House


Saturday, December 14th
Free and open to the public.

Come celebrate the season with Anam Cara at our Annual Holiday Open House! 
There will be free homemade goodies, hot apple cider, and live music by The Wheatpennies (formerly known as The Wootones). 

There will also be raffles, giveaways, discount items, and a HUGE clothing sale! 

What a great opportunity to support your local artists while getting those last-minute holiday gifts! 

{We have lots of funky, handmade, and vintage goods that make great, affordable gifts for your loved ones.}

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tales and Ales

Tales & Ales 
Open Mic Storytelling
presented by Anam Cara Theatre and Asheville Brewing Co.
hosted by Emily Wooton

Share your true life stories at this open mic storytelling event, sponsored by Asheville Brewing. Enjoy some Avl Brewing beers at the cash only bar.  Wine available as well. 

This one is on FRIDAY THE 13TH and the holidays are right around the corner ... SCARY!

Event is FREE! Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm
Pre-show music by The Wootones!

'Have a beer, hear a story. Have another, tell a story!'

Animals Wearing Clothes

Anam Cara's Experimental Theatre Ensemble

come join us for an evening of theatrical performance pieces and nuggets of profundity, absurdity, and silliness

Saturday Dec 7th at 8:00pm
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Goblin Market and Petroleum Sundaes for Everyone!

Goblin Market: A Southern Gothic Opry 

This stylized production of the Victorian poem Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti, gives a southern gothic opry sensibility to the piece. The production features dancing, original music and singing, some good ol' fashioned joke telling, and more. 


Petroleum Sundaes for Everyone!

Petroleum Sundaes for Everyone! is an award-winning short play featured in the 2013 Asheville Fringe Festival. Anam Cara is pleased to remount this production, an ensemble-created abstract piece reflecting on the unintended consequences of human evolution.

Nov 8, 9, 15, and 16
all shows 8pm
Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Community Arts Space
101 Fairview Rd. Asheville 

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Anam Cara's Experimental Ensemble Debut Show

Tomorrow Happened Elsewhere
203 Haywood Rd., W AVL
Saturday, October 26th
Tickets $12 in advance, $10 at the door.  
Use your Go Local card to buy one ticket, receive a second one half-off 
(card must be present to receive discount).  

Poster design by Nasimeh Bahrayni

Tales and Ales, October 25th

Hosted by Emily Wooton, sponsored by Asheville Brewing Company 
Event is free
Doors at 7:30 with live music by The Wootones
Tales from 8pm to 10pm
Bar is cash only
Can't wait to hear your stories!

Poetry and Songwriting Open Mic

Come share your original poetry and songs at our cozy, fun space in West Asheville!  
The event is hosted by the lovely Amanda DePaola.
Bring cash for the bar, if you so desire.  (Beer and wine, cash only.)  
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sideshow Cabaret

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Next Poetry and Songwriting Open Mic

Bring your original songs and poems to share 
in front of an audience.
For each dollar you donate at the door, 
you receive one raffle ticket 
for a chance to win cash!  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Needed: Stage Manager

We're looking for a Stage Manager for Goblin Market. Email ASAP if you're interested. Show dates are Nov. 8, 9, 15, and 16. Rehearsals are most Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (with a few exceptions).  

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tales and Ales Is Back!

Tales and Ales returns to The Anam Cara Collective 
at 203 Haywood Rd., W AVL
Just in time for Friday the 13th!

Let's make this one a FREAKY FRIDAY!

Friday, September 13 at 8pm
Doors open at 7:30pm with preshow music by The Wootones

Event is Free
Bar is cash-only for beer and wine.  

Drink a beer, hear a story. 
Have another, tell a story.

Sponsored by Asheville Brewing Company
Hosted be Emily Wooton

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Poetry and Songwriting Open Mic

Thursday, August 22nd at 8pm 
at The Anam Cara Collective
203 Haywood Rd. West AVL.
Hosted by Amanda DePaola!

Event is free, but for each dollar you donate at the door, you will receive one raffle ticket for a split-the-pot (50/50) raffle!

Bring your original poetry or music to share! There will also be an erotic haiku contest later in the evening. Prizes awarded!

Beer and wine available for suggested cash donations (must be 21+).

Must be 18+ to attend.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Gay Prom

Save the date:  August 3, 2013 @ 8pm

Anam Cara Theatre Company's 2nd Annual Gay Prom 
Theme: '80s Prom

Tickets: $5-10 suggested donation* (available in advance at or at the door)
* proceeds benefit Anam Cara Theatre Company
Straight friendly!
Silent auction!
Photo booth!
Prom King/Queen contest!

Moonshine #5: A Night of Readings

Karaoke Night

Due to popular request, 
Anam Cara is hosting a KARAOKE NIGHT.  
203 Haywood Rd., West AVL  
Thursday, July 18 at 8pm!  Event is free.  
Bar for beer and wine- cash only.  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Experimental Theatre Ensemble AUDITIONS

  • Sun 7/14 1-3pm + Mon 7/15 7:30-9:30pm
    (must reserve a time for your audition-- no walk-ins)

    AUDITION: Perform a 2-5 minute solo piece about your life. There can be words; it can be silent; there can be lots of movement; it can be still, it can be about a specific aspect of you/your life or it can be a broad sweep of your whole life. It's up to you. Just a show a little about yourself and your piece should reflect your understanding of the Neo-Futurist aesthetic. We are casting 4-7 adults. Neo-Futurism in a Nutshell is a good

    THE GROUP: Largely influenced by the Neo-Futurists of NYC and Chicago (, this group is inspired by the non-illusory theatre aesthetic. Performers are only ever themselves in the actual space they are in with the actual people and objects surrounding them. Miming is discouraged. We do not aim to suspend any disbelief or convince the audience that we are someone else, somewhere else, etc. We may change the setting or lighting or use props or costume pieces but it is never with the intention of fooling anyone. The aim is to deliver an interesting, personal, thought provoking, honest body of performance bits.
    All performers are involved in writing, editing, directing, and performing in original pieces. Pieces are intended to be short and should reflect what cast members are interested in/thinking about/concerned with in their lives. At rehearsals we'll present new pieces, rehearse our show, brainstorm and workshop our performance. We will use improv tools to work through our pieces and develop new ones.

    COMMITMENT: We will set a weekly rehearsal for 3 hours per meeting. We will start with a monthly show held at Anam Cara Theatre. Commitment to this group is necessary. We are looking for folks who are excited about participating in a group that meets and performs regularly. That said, if you got cast in your dream role on Broadway and needed to take a hiatus, that's totally cool.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tales and Ales Summer Bash

Tales and Ales moves to Toy Boat Community Arts Space for a Summer Bash fundraiser!  

Saturday, July 13.

(Toy Boat Comm. Arts Space is located at
101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC, 28803.)

In case you haven't heard:

Tales and Ales is an

open-mic-style storytelling event hosted by Emily Wooton.
'Have a beer, hear a story. Have another, tell a story!'

Help support your local arts community!!

$5 suggested donation at the door
There will be live music provided by The Wootones at 7:30 PM

Storytelling begins around 8:00pm.

A disco-themed dance party will immediately follow the tales (around 10:30pm or so)!!!

Be sure to bring cash for snacks and raffle tickets (proceeds will go to Anam Cara Theatre Company).  

All bar sales will benefit Toy Boat Community Arts Space (cash or credit accepted at the bar).   

**At intermission there will be a chance to win a 50/50 raffle so be sure to pick up your raffle tickets when you arrive!**
***When everyone has had a chance to tell a tale and drink some ales, be ready to shake your groove thangs at the DISCO THEMED AFTER PARTY!!!!***

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Film Screening: Do The Math

Come check out's compelling new film about climate change, Do The Math. The screening will be followed by a discussion forum. Spread the word! 

Event is free; beer and popcorn available for sale to hungry/thirsty patrons. Donations welcome to support Anam Cara's awesome free events!

Poetry and Songwriting Open Mic #2

That's right, we're back again with another Poetry and Songwriting Open Mic, hosted by the lovely Amanda DePaola!  Bring your original poetry and/or music to share on the stage!  Must be 18 to attend.  Event is FREE, but bring cash for the bar!  We'll also have a 50/50 raffle (if your raffle ticket is drawn, you win 50% of the cash in the jar, and the other 50% goes back to Anam Cara to continue making free events like this possible).  Can't wait to see you there!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Next Anam Cara Cabaret!

We've got a great line-up of wonderful, quirky, unexpected and entertaining performers ready to put on a show you won't soon forget.  Get your tickets now!

When: May 31 & June 1 @ 8 p.m.
Where: The Anam Cara Collective (203 Haywood Rd, West Asheville)
Cost: $5-10 sliding scale

Don't miss this great show!

Film Screening: Occupy Love

Come check out this great film about the Occupy movement!  You can sneak a peak at the trailer here.

When: May 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Anam Cara Collective (203 Haywood Rd, West Asheville)
Cost: $2-5 dollar suggested donation*

Cash bar (beer, wine and snacks)!

Screening to be followed by a brief discussion.

More about the film:

Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”
Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning.   The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening:  millions of people are deciding that enough is enough –  the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.
The film connects the dots in this era of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain,  Occupy Wall Street in New York, Indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement, and beyond. Woven throughout the action oriented backbone of the film is a deep exploration of public love, and compelling stories of an emerging new paradigm.  It features some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy, including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.  
Occupy Love is  a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes.  A  powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.
Spread the word!
* Donations will benefit the filmmakers and Anam Cara Theatre Co., a non-profit organization.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Crave Video

Check out this video!  Some rehearsal shots from Crave.  

Crave runs one weekend only!  April 26-28, all at 8pm, at Toy Boat Arts Center.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Anam Cara’s latest production, Crave, will run at the end of this month for one weekend only.  Performances will be held at Toy Boat Community Arts Space (101 Fairview Road, Asheville) April 26 - 28 at 8 p.m. 

Crave is a non-linear, emotionally intense and deeply psychological play exploring the troubled, desperate minds of four illusive characters (named only A, B, C and M).  Through its stream-of-consciousness style fragments and images, Crave communicates directly with the inner psyche of audience members in an unmediated, visceral, and poetic manner, creating a theatre-going experience that is markedly personal and engaging.  With Crave, British playwright Sarah Kane captures much of the longing and the torment that led her to take her own life at the age of 28, having already amassed a reputation for her ground-breaking yet irreverent works. 

Skillfully led by director Erinn Huntley, Anam Cara’s talented cast brings this abstract and evocative script to life using strong elements of physical theatre.  “I’ve never done anything quite as emotionally intuitive and experimental a Crave,” confides Dahlia Legault, who plays C. “I love theatre that pushes the boundaries of realities and thus makes us put our own into question, and Crave is definitely a production that does so.”

In a nutshell:


WHAT: Anam Cara Theatre Company’s Crave, by Sarah Kane (directed by Erinn Huntley)

Dahlia Legault (as C)
Lauren Otis (as M)
Michael Taylor (as B)
Mike Rose (as A)

WHEN: April 26 – 28, 2013 @ 8 p.m.

WHERE: Toy Boat Community Arts Space, 101 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC

TICKETS: $10 advance/$12 door

Advance tickets are available for purchase by phone at (828) 252-2505 or via PayPal at

An audience talk-back will be held after the performance on Saturday, April 27.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tales and Ales #11

Friday, March 29, 2013

Anam Cara Cabaret at Toy Boat Community Arts Space!

For one night only, join us for the incomparable Anam Cara Cabaret: A Variety Show... a spectacular performance of music, dance, storytelling, drag, comedy, and more! They say variety is the spice of life, so let us make your night a whole lot spicier on March 30th. 

Featuring the remarkable talents of: Odette Dynasty, Fynn Crooks, Jeff Thompson, Brian Claflin, Lorraine Conrad, Gabrielle White, Ellie Grace, Brandon Caldwell, Kim Hartman, Mike Taylor, and Kristen Aldrich. 

Tickets are available for a sliding scale of $5-10 at the door or in advance at! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Crave Cast

Mark you calendars now for Crave!  
a play by Sarah Kane
directed by Erinn Huntley
Three performances only:  April 26, 27, 28, all at 8pm
 at Toy Boat Community Arts Space (101 Fairview Ave.)

  Dahia Legault as C
Lauren Otis as M
Mike Rose as B
Michael Taylor as A

Saturday, March 2, 2013

AUDITIONS for Anam Cara Cabaret, A Variety Show

Directed by Kim Hartman and Ellie Grace.

Looking for singers, dancers, poets, actors and other talented performers to present their own unique acts
as part of our spectacular variety show! We want you... quirky or beautiful, solo or with a whole crew.
Dust off those hidden talents, polish up those shiny skills, and sign up to audition.

Auditions (of the kind and gentle variety) will be held at The Anam Cara Collective
on March 10th from 5-8 PM and March 12th from 6-9 PM.

* or (828) 252-2505 to sign up for an audition time*

Show will be at 8 PM on March 30 at the Toy Boat Community Arts Space.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Tales and Ales

Next Tales and Ales is Friday, March 8th! 
Hosted by Emily Wooton 
Doors open at 7:30pm with 
pre-show music by the Wootones!  
Tales start at 8pm.  

Poetry and Songwriting Open Mic

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Auditions for Crave
a play by Sarah Kane, directed by Erinn Huntley,
will be March 3rd from 12pm-3pm 
and March 4th from 8pm-10pm 
at The Anam Cara Collective 
(203 Haywood Rd., W AVL).  

You must sign up for an audition time.  
Email or call 828.252.2505 
to sign up or for more info..  

Show dates will be April 26th-28th at Toy Boat Community Arts Space.

"Crave is a tour-de-force tone poem for four voices. The play is non-linear, fragmented and fractured; it bounces through time like the thoughts and feelings of a confused, conflicted and desperate mind. It meditates obsessively on themes of the inescapability of trauma, love and its inadequacy to wholly redeem, hope and hopelessness, despair and craving. . . .There is no story, no message and only elusive wisps of narrative. It is experiential in nature and is driven by the rapid-fire associations of a troubled mind." from The Catastrophic Theatre Company

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Naked Girls Reading 10

February 15th, 2013 at 8pm with celebration afterwards!
at Toy Boat Community Arts Space 
101 Fairview Rd.

Anam Cara Theatre Company presents. . . .

Our two-year anniversary show of Naked Girls Reading! This time the theme is "Best Of!" We'll be presenting our favorite reading selections from the past 9 shows. 

*There's just one performance of this one, so mark your calendars now! 

Come to the show and stay for our after party to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Naked Girls Reading-Asheville and the two-year anniversary of the opening of The Anam Cara Collective. We'll provide snacks and dance music! Toy Boat has a great bar for drinks as well!

Tickets are available at the Anam Cara Shoppe (203 Haywood Rd, W AVL), online at, by calling 828.252.2505, or at the door (cash only at the door).

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Must be 18 or older to attend.

For a review of one of our previous performances of Naked Girls Reading, check out

Tales and Ales

The next Tales and Ales will be Friday, February 8th at 8pm.  Doors open at 7:30 with pre-show music by The Wootones!  More info coming soon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Shoppe Closed for Today (1/23/13)

Due to low temps and prep for the Fringe, we'll be closed today.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  We'll reopen for regular hours tomorrow (Thursday).

Come see us in the Fringe Festival!  Anam Cara Theatre Co. presents Petroleum Sundaes for Everyone! at The BeBe Theatre this Thursday - Sunday, Jan. 24-27th.  All shows at 9pm except Sunday, which will be at 4pm.  Go to for tickets!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tales and Ales

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Anam Cara in Asheville Area Fringe Festival

Tales and Ales