On May 13, 2017, the Magnetic Theatre presented the world premier of John Crutchfield's play, Malverse: An Urban Myth in Two Acts. The production was directed by Steve Samuels and starred Gary Gaines, Andrew Gall, Darren Marshall, Laura Tratnik and Valeria Watson. The sound design was by Mary Zogzas, the lighting design by Jason Williams and the set design and construction by the playwright.
Equal parts ghost story, dark comedy and social drama, the play tells the story of a young white couple who start renovating an old house in a traditionally black neighborhood. Soon they find themselves caught up in a secret history that is as volatile as it is complex and ambiguous. "The past is never dead," wrote William Faulkner. "It's not even past."
In a time of intensifying racial conflict, political divisiveness and economic inequality in America - and yes: even in Asheville - the play is perhaps even more relevant today than it was when it premiered.
To read Alli Marshall's intelligent review in Mountain Xpress, click here.
The production was supported by grants from the Asheville Area Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.