Mrs. Popova (Katherine Lancaster) gives
(Glenn Weyler) a piece of her mind in "The Bear"
TheatreUNCA will stage two short one-act Anton
Chekhov comedies, "The Bear" and "The Proposal," from February 25 to
March 1 at UNC Asheville's Carol Belk Theatre. Curtain is 8 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Each play will run
approximately 30 minutes. All shows are open to the public.
"The Bear" and "The Proposal" are set in the late 1800s. "The Bear"
tells of a wealthy heiress, recently widowed, who receives an
unwelcome visit from a landowner to whom her late husband was in
debt. Their social pleasantries quickly descend into a fierce
quarrel, and before he knows it, the landowner has challenged the
widow to a duel.
"The Proposal" tells the story of a nervous young landowner who has
come to propose marriage to his neighbor's daughter. No sooner does
he summon up the courage to ask her, though, than they begin to
argue about property rights, and their squabbling threatens to
destroy their chances of a match. Both plays reveal, using
delightful humor and physical comedy, the timeless struggles of love
"The Bear" and "The Proposal" are directed by Laura Facciponti, UNC
Asheville associate professor of drama, along with special physical
comedy consultant Lavinia Plonka and stage combat consultant
choreographer Robert Berls. Drama Department faculty designers
include Rob Berls on set, Ida Bostian on costumes, and Rob Bowen on
lighting and sound. The UNC Asheville student cast includes Garrett
Funk, Christopher Kingsley, Katherine Lancaster, Leah Shapiro,
Danielle Stanley and Glenn Weyler.
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 calling 828/232-2291 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
weekdays. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour
before curtain and online at
For more information, call UNC Asheville's Drama Department at