TheatreUNCA Stages "The Philadelphia Story" April 11-15
From left: Forrest Mason as Dexter,
as Tracy and Matthew Walsh as Mike form a
romantic triangle in "The Philadelphia Story"
High society will clash with the lowbrow press
when TheatreUNCA stages "The Philadelphia Story" April 11-15 in UNC
Asheville's Carol Belk Theatre. Curtain is 8 p.m. Wednesday through
Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. All shows are open to the
In "The Philadelphia Story," playwright Philip Barry tells the tale
of a society wedding that is crashed by the tabloid press. After
divorcing her playboy husband Dexter, Philadelphia heiress Tracy
Lord sets out to marry nouveau riche George Kittredge. The wedding
is interrupted by Destiny magazine reporter Mike Connor and his
girlfriend, Liz Imbrie, who pose as wedding guests to get the inside
scoop. Chaos ensues when Tracy discovers the deception, while her
ex-husband Dexter tries to stop the wedding at any cost. "The
Philadelphia Story" premiered on Broadway in 1939 with Katharine
Hepburn in the leading role. It was later made into an Oscar-winning
film starring Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart.
"The Philadelphia Story" is directed by Scott Walters, UNC Asheville
Drama Department associate professor. The cast features UNC
Asheville students, including Lindsey Cashion, Skyler Goff, Garth
Grimball, Elizabeth Guthrie, Forrest Mason, Ashley Mauney, Caitlin
Moseley, Nick Recktenwald, Jessica Short and Matthew Walsh. Charles
McKnight, associate professor of music, and Bill Spellman, dean of
humanities, round out the cast.
For your own inside scoop, check out UNC Asheville's "The
Philadelphia Story" blog at
www.uncaphiladelphiastory.blogspot.com. The blog details the
development of the production from the cast and crew's perspective.
Tickets for all performances are $10 general admission, $8 for
senior citizens and $5 for students. Because of the intimate size of
UNC Asheville’s Carol Belk Theatre and the often heavy demand for
tickets, advance purchase is strongly advised. Tickets may be
ordered by phone by calling 828/232-2291 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
weekdays. Tickets are also available at the box office two hours
before curtain and online at
For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Drama Department at