Ensemble Stage’s Final Production of the Season Begins Aug. 18, Runs Through Aug. 26, Tickets Selling Out Fast

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

The 2017 Summer season of Ensemble Stage’s productions has been one that has been filled with thrills, laughs, mysteries and so much more for residents and visitors alike as they settled into the theatre company’s new home in Banner Elk at the Historic Banner Elk School. 

The season started off with Neil Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl, an incredible play starring three actors who blew away the audience with their spectacular roles and wonderful performances. 

The second production of the season was Mary and Myra by Catherine Filloux, a play which takes place in 1875 and revolves around Mary Todd Lincoln and her friend Myra as the two women struggle to grasp the ideas of their pasts, their freedoms and their womanhoods. 

After this production came Switzerland by Joanna-Murray Smith, a psychological thriller which focused on real-life author Patricia Highsmith as she moves to Switzerland to escape her fame and fortune that being a successful author brings. During her refuge, a mysterious guest appears and things begin to unfold with unexpected twists and events. 

The final production of this season’s performances is Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro. A suspenseful “killer” comedy, this play tells the story of Jack Brooks, a renowned artist known for his painting and his eccentricity. As he awaits the arrival of his art dealer, things are not quite what they seem. This visit from his art dealer isn’t just any old visit — this time, Jack has a plan. Feeling wronged by his dealer, Jack intends to kill the man. He isn’t the only one with murderous intentions, however, as someone wants to kill Jack and someone wants to kill Jack’s wife and, of course, the maid — and what’s a story like this without the maid?

Art of Murder will begin on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and will run through Aug. 26, wrapping up Ensemble Stage’s first season in its new home in Banner Elk with applause, success and a grand time!

You can purchase tickets online here. Opening night, the 18th, and Saturday, the 20th, are completely sold out. 

Tickets are $22 for adult, $20 for military/student and $11 for children 16 and under. 

For more information, call Ensemble Stage at 828-414-1844 or visit the website

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