Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"The Capitol Steps" brings comic relief to Diana Wortham Theatre - Oct. 29th

The Capitol Steps visit Diana Wortham Theatre just one week before the presidential election, bringing much needed comic relief with their witty, satirical show, What to Expect When You’re Electing: Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.

The Capitol Steps is a very popular attraction, especially just before a national election. Therefore, seating is no longer available for the scheduled Friday 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 3:00 p.m. performances, but seats do remain for the Saturday 8:00 p.m. performance. The Saturday evening performance is a special benefit for the theatre. Ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-performance reception at 7:00 p.m., prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance. Delectable fare provided by local favorites Lex 18 and Strada; wine provided by Empire Distributors; and water is provided by Blue Moon Water.

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Born in December 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor. Taken together, the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent sixty-two years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

“The Capitol Steps combine music and comedy with current events and create a truly eclectic performance out of such serious material,” says John Ellis, Managing Director of the Diana Wortham Theatre. “With the upcoming presidential election, the Asheville area could use a few great laughs just one week before it’s time to cast a vote.”

Since they began entertaining, The Capitol Steps have recorded more than thirty albums, including their latest, What to Expect When You're Electing. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

The Capitol Steps’ Asheville performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Shiner Antiorio & Kathy Robinson, Patty & Gary Coleman, and Friday night’s performance is sponsored by PNC Bank; and by Mainstage Special Attractions Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun, PBI Commercial Interiors, and Ward & Smith, P.A.; with additional support provided by Media Sponsors WCQS 88.1 FM and WNC magazine.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors which lead to the theatre’s lower lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2016/2017 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery & Catering, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

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