TheatreNOW-Wilmington's Premier Dinner Theater Experience

Walking Across Egypt

by Clyde Edgerton
adapted by Catherine Bush
April 1-30 2016. 7pm. Doors open 1 hour before showtime.
Tickets: $37 for dinner, $21 for show only, $17 for mezzanine with discounts for Seniors & Students & Groups of 10+

Friday APRIL 1 & Friday APRIL 8 at 5:30pm. $30 donation in addition to Ticket Purchase. (click on the "Arts Council Donation" add-on for this event)

TheatreNOW is pleased to once again pleased to have Clyde Edgerton grace our stage for two special pre-show meet-n-greet performances to benefit the Arts Council of Wilmington.

Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories, and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife, Kristina, and their children.

When Mattie Rigsbee discovers a stray dog on her porch she decides she’s too old to keep it and calls the dogcatcher. Little does she know that the dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, will open her eyes to a world she never knew existed; a world that includes car theft, prison breaks and a delinquent named Wesley who is as desperate for family as she is. Armed with only her mouth-watering cornbread and a deep abiding faith, Mattie is determined to woo Wesley to the side of God and good Southern manners… if she can manage to stay out of jail herself.


Mattie Rigsbee: Kitty Fitzgibbon
Robert Rigsbee: Ron Hasson
Alora Swanson: Lynette O'Callaghan
Finner Swanson: Jef Polluck
Lamar Benfield: KenWin Halls
Wesley Benfield: Kegan Dubar
Reverend Bass: Skip Maloney
Sheriff Tillman: Tim Rizor

First Course
Carolina Caviar with Cornbread Crostini
(Carolina Caviar is a fresh chilled Vegetable Salad with Black-eyed Peas)

Second Course (Choose one)
(Entrées served with Cornbread)
Baked Spaghetti Squash
topped with savory Tomato Sauce, 3 Cheeses, & Fresh Herbs
Marinated & Grilled Chicken Tenders
Honey Mustard Sauce, Red Potato Salad, Hot Vegetable of the Day
Smothered Boneless Pork Loin Chops
Milk Gravy, Smashed Potatoes, Hot Vegetable of the Day

Third Course
Dessert of the Day

The Kudzu Queen

by Wiley Cash
adapted by Gwenyfar Rohler
May 6-June 4, 2016.

7pm. Doors open 1 hour before showtime.
Tickets: $37 for dinner, $21 for show only, $17 for mezzanine with discounts for Seniors & Students & Groups of 10+

$1 donation from each ticket to benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council.

Friday MAY 6 & SATURDAY May 7 after the dinner show. $10 donation in addition to Ticket Purchase. (click on the "Literacy Council Donation" add-on for this event) Meet Wiley Cash and hear him read an excerpt from the story and enjoy a little beer tasting courtesy of local brewery.


Wiley Cash is The New York Times best-selling author of A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME and THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY. 

A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. The New York Times also named it an Editor's Choice and a Notable Book of 2012. The novel was included on best of 2012 lists by Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Books-a-Million, and many others. A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME won the Southern Independent Bookseller Ailliances' Book Award for Fiction of the Year and the John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award from the UK's Crime Writers' Association, and it was a finalist for the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize and the American Booksellers' Association's Debut Fiction Prize. Wiley's second novel, THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, was a national bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, a SIBA Okra Pick, an O Magazine Top Ten Title, a LibraryReads February Selection, and an Amazon Book of the Month. It has been optioned for film.

Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review, and other publications.

Wiley is writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and their young daughter.

One plant and one pageant forever changed the life of Grenadine Purdy of Enoree, SC. NY Times Bestselling author, Wiley Cash's funny but poignant short story gets a dinner show comes to life at TheatreNOW. What CAN you do with all that kudzu?

DIRECTED BY Beth Swindell

First Course
Chopped Greens Salad: all green veggies!
(Ranch, Honey Mustard Dressing or Berry Vinaigrette on the side)

Second Course (Choose one)

Pan-seared Shrimp Burger
on a toasted Bun with Lettuce, Chipotle Tartar Sauce,
Tropical Fruit BBQ Salsa, & Plantain Mash with Black Beans


Kudzu Queen Green Veggie Lasagna (Gluten-free)
Spinach, Broccoli & Kale, layered with 3-Cheeses over Corn Polenta. Baked & Topped with fresh Tomato Sauce


Pecan-crusted Chicken with Honey-Mustard Butter
served with Sweet Potatoes & Summer Vegetables

Third Course
Dessert of the Day

Mother's Day Jazz Brunch
with Grenoldo Frazier

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Doors open at 11:30am. Show 12-2pm.
$22/$12 children under 12.
$10 Show Only.
Brunch Ticket includes 3-course brunch and show.
Beverages and gratuity not included.
Reserved seating.

First Course
Sweet & Savory Pastries

Second Course (Choose one)

Crab & Shrimp Pie
House-made, served with Home Fries & Fresh Fruit
* * *
Strawberry Spinach Salad
with toasted Almonds, Brie Cheese, Red Onion, Cucumber & Berry Vinaigrette
* * *
Crème Brulée French Toast Casserole
served with warm Syrup, Applewood-smoked Bacon & fresh Fruit
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The Ultimate Brunch Sandwich
Toasted Bun, Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar, Fried Egg, Guacamole & Tomato. Home Fries & Fresh Fruit
* * *
Vegetable & Cheese Frittata (baked Omelet)
Topped with Hollandaise Sauce & served with Home Fries, Toast & fresh Fruit
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Scrambled Eggs with Brie Cheese & Herbs
Applewood-smoked Bacon, Home Fries, Toast & Fresh Fruit

Third Course​
Dessert of the Day

We're Just Like You, Only Prettier

by Celia Rivenbark
adapted & directed by Zach Hanner
June 10-July 30, 2016.

7pm. Doors open 1 hour before showtime.
Tickets: $37 for dinner, $21 for show only, $17 for mezzanine with discounts for Seniors & Students & Groups of 10+

TheatreNOW last brought you Rude Bitches Make Me Tired and now brings another of Rivenbark's collections of Southern humor to life and welcomes the audience to the South that Celia loves—the land of "Mama and them", "precious and dahlin'", and mommies who mow and quips like, "What does a Southern woman consider grounds for divorce? When daddy takes the kids out in public dressed in their pajama tops and Tweety Bird swim socks. Again."

Celia Rivenbark is the author of the award-winning bestsellers Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank; Bless Your Heart, Tramp; Belle Weather; andYou Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning. We're Just Like You, Only Prettier won a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor. Born and raised in Duplin County, North Carolina, Rivenbark grew up in a small house "with a red barn out back that was populated by a couple of dozen lanky and unvaccinated cats." She started out writing for her hometown paper. She writes a weekly, nationally syndicated humor column for the Myrtle Beach Sun News. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

BBQ Pork Slider with Watermelon “Fries”
(A Vegetarian Slider is available. Please make a note when ordering tickets)

Entree (Choose one)
Supper-sized Chef's Salad
Lettuce greens, Salad Veggies, Hard boiled Egg, Bacon, Turkey, Croutons & your choice of Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette or Pineapple-Mango Dressing on the side
*A Vegetarian version of this Salad is available. Choose “Vegetarian Salad” online*
Country Chicken Cordon Bleu
Smoked boneless Chicken Breast over a grilled Ham Slice, topped with Swiss Cheese Sauce over Wilted Spinach & a Wild Rice-Blue Corn Cake
Mushroom & Spinach Crepes
Topped with Swiss Cheese Sauce & served with Summer Vegetables
House-made Crab Cakes
Sun-dried Tomato Tartar Sauce, Roasted Old Bay Potatoes & Summer Vegetables

Dessert of the Day


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