Neighbors written by Arkady Leokum

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What generally happens when strangers meet for the first time? Add a difference in culture, and and the accompanying intricacies of prejudgement, also known as prejudice, stir in property values and an expectation of conformity, and you have the often comedic, yet always provocative Neighbors, written by Arkady Leokum.This original PBS special turned stage play takes place where Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in The Sun ended; in a world several decades before Bruce Norris' current Broadway hit, Clybourne Park could exist. Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective's production of Neighbors takes place shortly after the Fair Housing Act of 1968 when Chuck and Mary Robinson, a white couple living in Surburbia, have arranged a meeting with Bill and Vicky Gunter, a black couple from Harlem, to negotiate the sell of their expansive upper middle class home. In negotiating the sale, all four learn a little more about each other-- and a lot about their own latent prejudices.

Neighbors features Dan Clancy, Anna Fearhily, Cyd Smith and Rodney Smith. Steph Hickling Beckman directs and Amanda Ledbetter manages the production.

Performances will be Feb. 8-24, (Fri & Sat. 7:30 with Sun. Matinee at 2:30pm) at 35below, located at 35 Walnut Street in downtown Asheville, behind Asheville Community Theatre. Advanced tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and college students. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and college students.

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