Something Different

TFAC strives to bring a wide variety of genres and artists to our community. Thanks to support from the Kirby Innovative Events grant, we're able to offer the brand new Something Different series to present unique, affordable performances and invite new patrons to experience the arts. With a rotating lineup of dance, drama, comedy, and more you're truly in for Something Different.

Tickets are all-inclusive $20 for adults and $10 for students. Discounts are available for Main Stage Series season ticket holders, contact the Kessler Box Office at 828-859-8322 for details.

See details of the 2018-2019 season below. Thank you for supporting innovative performances in the Foothills community.

Unathorized Biographies
Shaun Boothe

Friday, March 29, 2019. 7pm

Shaun Boothe, award winning artist, repackages history through Hip Hop in his original: The Unauthorized Biography Series, the critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs. Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of an influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video. Icons featured in the series include Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, MLK Jr./Obama, Bruce Lee, Oprah, Tupac, Terry Fox, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and more. Getting blog love from Kanye West and tweets from Diddy himself — Boothe’s sixth icon in his series — it’s clear that he’s getting the attention of the right people. In an industry where your live show can make you or break you, Shaun Boothe is renowned for his conceptual and highly interactive performances – many of which have graced the opening stages of concerts for multi-platinum artists, including Nas, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, and Snoop Dogg.

Shaun Boothe

One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom
Mike Wiley

Thursday, October 18, 2018. 7pm

Mike Wiley

"The play last night was beyond fabulous!!!  it has been a very long time since I've experienced anything more moving, more thought provoking and more professionally done." ~Donna, patron at One Noble Journey.

Mike Wiley, Playwright and Actor performs his original historical drama One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom an original historical drama tells the true story about Henry "Box" Brown, an African American who was born a slave in 1816 in Louisa County, Virginia. As an adult, when Brown witnessed his wife and children taken from him and sold to another state, he reached his breaking point and devised an escape plan that would have him sealed in a small wooden box and shipped to friends and to freedom in Philadelphia.

A gifted playwright and actor, Wiley’s overriding goal is expanding cultural awareness for audiences of all ages through dynamic portrayals based on pivotal moments in African American history and, in doing so, helping to unveil a richer picture of the total American experience. Sought by performing arts centers large and small and by educators from middle schools to universities, Wiley’s work has also been featured in the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival. His expanding rich repertoire of original productions each display his acclaimed ability for bringing to life multiple intertwined characters, with Wiley often portraying more than two dozen persons in a single “one-man” drama.

Thanks to the cARTwheels Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, Tryon Fine Arts Center and Polk County District Schools were able to offer special performances of Mike Wiley's one-man show A Game Apart about the life of Jackie Robinson. Mike also led play writing classes with students and professional development workshops for one-on-one arts experiences.

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Mike Wiley workshop
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