The Franklin Road to Highlands

During my recent Can-Am Spyder trip I took a detour to visit Highlands, North Carolina.  A small town in the middle of the Nantahala Forest, it is a bustling tourist town during the summer and has fewer than a thousand citizens over the long cold winter.  I’ve spent several summer stock seasons there and one frigid winter.  I have very fond memories and wanted to see how it is doing decades later.  It retains its quirky character but has expanded and branched out, more day visitors, less impacted by the “old money” crowd that still exists there.  The Highlands Playhouse where I performed is now primarily a movie theatre with a few live summer shows and there are now additional performance venues in town.

Existing high on a plateau there are only four roads in or out, each named for the destination down the mountain: Cashiers Road (NC), Walhalla (SC) Road, Dillard (GA) Road and my favorite, the Franklin (NC) Road.  This path is twisty with sheer rock walls and steep drops.  Three great waterfalls line the road – the majestic Cullasaja Falls, the fun walk behind Dry Falls, and cute drive behind Bridal Veil Falls (though the drive is now blocked).  While a 20 minute ride without traffic, I have reduced it to a quick one minute sampler you may enjoy!


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Tickets are now on sale for the Players Theatre Short Play Festival at 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village that includes my script THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT SCARY in October.  It is directed by Pamela Wilson and features Carly Ruda, Eric Diamond, Maggie Hunter and Christopher Delacruz.  My play is featured in the third week of the festival on October 25, 26 & 27 at 7 PM and October 28 at 3 PM. You can buy tickets in advance at  If you use the discount code CAST the usual $30 ticket magically becomes $20.  Hope to see you there.
We are thrilled to be partnering with MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR, the world premiere, Off-Broadway play written by multiple EMMY Award-Winning Allan Leicht, directed by Robert Kalfin and produced by The Directors Company by special arrangement with Ted Snowden, featuring Eddie Korbich as Richard Wagner, Claire Brownell as Cosima Wagner and Geoffrey Cantor as Hermann Levi. MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR is a comedic spin on real-life events of famous composer Richard Wagner (“Vagner”) and the Jewish conductor that brought his final masterpiece to life.  We are happy to share a special discount offer for up to 52% off for our loyal followers.  Visit:, call (866) 811-4111 or visit the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA 10 West 64th Street New York, NY 10023, and use code “PMPCMKT” for performance 9/25 – 10/10 and “MPCMKT” for performances 10/12 – 11/3.  Enjoy the show!

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