TheatreNOW-Wilmington's Premier Dinner Theater Experience

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

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

Super Saturday Fun Time

WINNER 2013 Star News Media
Wilmington Theater Awards'
"Best Children's Theater Production"

Saturdays from 3-4:30pm.
Tickets $6.

Kid’s Adventure & Variety Show
Monthly Show-Second Saturday Starting June 11, 2016 • Doors open at 3pm. $6
Most appropriate for ages 4-10, but all ages are welcome.

Join Dock the Dog and the Dock Street Kids for ten exciting episodes of Super Saturday Fun Time, TheatreNOW’s award-winning, live theatrical show featuring local history and mystery and super guest stars! Your host, riverboat captain and surf lover, Captain Coy T. Plunkett (Zach Hanner) leads the fun with live music, games, cartoons, short films, and his favorite surf “nuggets”. The Dock Street Kid’s and their always-hungry dog, Dock, solve adventures like the “Ghost of the Battleship”, “The Ghost of the Riverwalk”, or the “The Sea Devil and The Salt Works”. Parents can even drop off kids ages 5+. A new adventure awaits every week! Kid-friendly snacks and drinks available for purchase. We also do custom birthday packages with a chance to interact with all the characters and even step onstage and be a part of the action!!!

6/11/16-Special Solar Energy Demo Day with Cape Fear Solar Systems

June 11- The Ghost of Masonboro Island
July 9th- The Mystery of The Battleship
August 13th- The Mystery of The Outer Banks
September 10th-The Ghost of Thalian Hall
October 8th- The Devil’s Tramping Ground
November 12th-The Mystery of The Atlantic Coast Line
December 10th- The Mystery of the Airlie Alien

Cocktails & Conversations by Joel Finsel
adapted by Zach Hanner
August 5-Sept 3

"You can learn a lot about someone from what they order to drink..."A tie-slackened executive spilling his guts over his fourth Pernod, the late night exploits of a perverted chef, the poetic sensibilities of an addict obsessed with starting rumors about herself, a retired orchestral percussionist intent on teaching his son the ways of a gentleman, these and other stories based on real experiences from the Astral Plane, where the owner's sledgehammer brought down a wall to create enough room for Mick Jagger's entourage. The play features their stories, with splashes of barroom lore and award-winning drink recipes from one of Playboy's "top ten bartenders in the nation."


Greater Tuna
by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams
directed by Justin Smith
with Zach Hanner and Cullen Moss
Sept 9-Oct 8, 2016

Greater Tuna is the hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores. Two actors play all 20 of the hilarious citizens of the fictional Tuna—Texas' third smallest town. Greater Tuna is one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.
"Howlingly funny."-Variety

"The audience all but exploded the theatre with laughter."- The New York Post

"Hilarious, a tribute to the art of acting" - Washington Post

"Sharp, satiric, & funny" - New Yorker

"A whale of a funny evening"- Houston Post



19 S. 10th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910.399.3NOW (3669)

Wed & Thur 12-2pm, Fri 3-5pm
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