Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) in Mars Hill. For $25, you get two general-admission tickets to any play in the 2012 season (up to a $56 value). You may redeem your Groupon for two tickets to one performance or one ticket to two performances. Check the schedule for available performances.
For its 38th season, SART carries on a long history of critically acclaimed contemporary classics with a summer of musicals, love stories, and wry social dramas. Taking its musical cues from operatic and classical scores, The Light in the Piazza (July 5–22) tells the tale of a protective mother and her naive daughter on a tour of Italy in early 1953. Swept away by the romance of the landscape, the young woman finds herself falling in love with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine. When her mother, Margaret, swoops in to rescue her from the well-meaning young man, it seems like the oldest soap-opera plot in the book—but Margaret's real motives might be in Fabrizio's best interests.
Gloria Bond Clunie's Sweet Water Taste (July 26–August 5) adds a world-premiere performance to SART's slate of familiar favorites. Centered on the racial politics of a segregated cemetery and a large family with both black and white branches, the play leavens weighty social topics with a spoonful of down-to-earth humor and was the winner of SART's 2010 ScriptFest playwrights' competition. Later in the season, Sylvia (August 9–19) presents another dissection of modern love, performed with a razor's edge of humor, as a distressingly humanlike labradoodle guilelessly sows discord between a pair of empty-nesters. The actors, musicians, and broken-leg menders of SART make their home in Owen Theatre, a former Baptist church with 125 years of history, accessible seating, and a 2006 renovation to its name.