Theatre Now

Zach Hanner

It's a holiday story about...a kidney. Zach Hanner, Artistic Director of Theatre Now, has written a play  about his family's experience with a medical crisis. According to reviewers, the show is both poignant and funny. 

Zach Hanner

Chase Harrison has a new play onstage at Theatre Now. Harrison loves those 80s slasher flicks and he poured that love (and horror) into TheaTerror, a horror/comedy set in the fictional Penny Theater where a production of Macbeth is underway. The show can't go on, however, if the actors keep mysteriously disappearing.

Theatre Now presents a relatively new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The story stays the same, but playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa set the characters in the late 20th/early 21st century. We heard from director David Heck and new Wilmington actor Jay Zadeh about the show. Listen to Heck above, and see an extended transcript below. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm at Theatre Now through August 26. 

TheatreNOW always presents a Christmas show, and it's become a tradition for Nick Smith to direct it. Last year, it was Trailer Park Christmas; this year it's Tuna Christmas. This is a sequel to Greater Tuna, staged earlier this year. It's Christmas set in Tuna, Texas featuring about 20 characters-all played by two women: Susan Auten and Erin Hunter. Director Nick Smith and Susan Auten joined us in the studio to talk about the show.

Zach Hanner, Artistic Director of TheatreNow, has adapted another book by Celia Rivenbark into a stage play. We're Just Like You, Only Prettier (Rivenbark's most popular book) is onstage at TheatreNow on Friday and Saturday nights now through July 30.

Best-selling southern author Wiley Cash has one of his tales onstage in Wilmington: The Kudzu Queen, adapted by Gwenyfar Rohler.  This dinner theatre show is at Theatre Now on Friday and Saturday nights through June 4th. Gwenyfar and director Beth Swindell joined us in the studio to chat about the writing and directing process, listen above.

Super Saturdays! With Zach Hanner

Mar 3, 2016

Super Saturday Fun Time! is a Saturday afternoon live variety show hosted by local actor, director, and musician Zach Hanner geared toward ages 4-10. Doors open at 3:00 pm at TheatreNow on the corner of 10th and Dock Streets in downtown Wilmington.  

The musical The Lambda has cult-classic status in the Wilmington theater community.  The show, set in a 1970s gay bar in Carolina Beach, premiered in 1992.  The show was penned by former Wilmingtonian Steve Cooper with music by another former local, Brad Moranz.  Cooper's work has lived on locally through Thalian Hall's yearly Pied Piper shows.  The Lambda is steeped in history, both locally and in the larger arc of social acceptance for gays.

"Santa's Spider" by Theatre for All!

Dec 17, 2015

Theatre for All! was conceived and put in action about a year and a half ago through the Superstar Academy at Theatre Now.  The project was created to provide performance opportunities for youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and Williams Syndrome.

Alisa Harris, the Owner/Producer of Theatre Now and Zach Hanner, the Artistic Director, joined us in the studio last week.  Wilmington's only dinner theatre venue has a lot going on this holiday season-for adults and kids.   

Upcoming highlights include:

A Trailer Park Christmas Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through December 20 (7:00/3:00 Sundays)

Hank Toler's been writing since he was a child-mainly stories.  At some point he felt the urge to write for performers, something that would thrust his stories into 3 dimensions for all to see.  Toler started with sketch comedy several years ago and eventually moved into writing full-blown plays.  His third play, We Can Be Heroes, opens this weekend under his own direction. 

It's easy to forget how much history is hidden in every corner of our area.  As a coastal port, so many people have been attracted  to this region over hundreds of years.  More recently, in the early 20th century, there was a resort near the Carolina Beach bridge that many people may not know about.  Back then, it was one of only 2 beaches available to African-Americans in North Carolina:  Seabreeze at Freeman Beach.  The area was devastated by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.