Founded in 1952 and designated the State Theatre of North Carolina in 1961, historic Flat Rock Playhouse grew out of a traveling performance group called the Vagabond Players, formed in 1937 by Robroy Farquhar. The troupe performed two seasons of summer plays in Highland Lake in 1940 and 1941, eventually buying property in Flat Rock across the street from the home of poet Carl Sandburg. In 1962 writer Norman Corwin’s The World of Carl Sandburg premiered on the Flat Rock stage and ultimately moved to Broadway. Today, Sandburg’s home remains across the street as a National Historic Site, and Flat Rock Playhouse entertains 100,000 people annually with a mix of Broadway musicals, comedies, dramas and theater for young audiences.
Flat Rock Playhouse’s fall season includes Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, now through Sunday, Nov. 18. Showtimes are Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For details on these and other productions, visit http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/.
The Performing Arts in North Carolina website is your guide to music, dance and theater artists and organizations across our state. Learn more by visiting http://www.ncartstrails.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.ncartstrails.org/performingarts.