The Charleston Performing Arts Center takes us back to the 1970s, when Disco was king and everyone was shaking their Groove Thing. I was given the chance to talk to the cast to find out why Disco was worth bringing back. Give a listen and check out the photos from this exciting show.
When we think of the women’s rights movement, some of the first things that come to mind are Susan B Anthony, suffragettes, and protesters. Gloria Steinem, Ms magazine, and bra burning. While these were key components of the fight for equal rights and opportunities, there were many more women carrying the battle flag in their own way. Frustration was high and emotions ran hot. Hot enough for a Fever.
Martin Sherman’s 1979 play, Bent, is an exploration of what it means to be human and how we can survive, with our humanity intact, in even the worst conditions. Taking place in Nazi Germany, it follows Max, a gay man thrown into a concentration camp. Threshold Repertory Theatre has taken on the challenge of bringing this powerful story to life and I had the pleasure to get a preview. Give a listen to my backstage interview. Read more
Written by Julian T. Buxton III, owner of Tour Charleston, Ghosts of Charleston examines many of the supposed ghosts of Charleston, South Carolina, explaining both tales of hauntings and the history behind each. Straight Talk Entertainment has the honor to produce the audio book version of this publication. Recording began this week, with noted actor Rodney Lee Rogers providing the narration. Give a listen to this clip from the first session.
The talented cast and crew of the Charleston Performing Arts Center takes us on a musical journey through the 1960’s with a look at the great girl bands or the era – from The Shirelles and Marvelettes to The Supremes. They were dream girls then and now!
Set in an indeterminate future, How to Field Dress an Android, which won What If? Production‘s 2014 Playwright’s Festival, brings a rarity to the stage – science fiction. We’re not talking phasers, death stars, or giant sand worms, we’re talking people. And androids. And people killing androids. For sport. This isn’t a play about technology, it’s a bit more complex than that.
Listen in as Steve talks to the cast and director of Irene Pynn’s play How to Field Dress an Android. Read more
When you hear the word summer, what do you think of? Beach blanket bingo? Surf city? Do you want to stretch right up and touch the sky? Well, the temperature’s risin’ and it isn’t surprising that the time is right – for Summer Lovin’. Join me for this preview of the Charleston Performing Art Center’s production of Summer Lovin’. Read more
Following the Civil War, the city of Charleston continued to suffer through destruction and devastation brought on by the earthquake of 1886 and numerous deadly hurricanes. Through all this, the city forged a unique personality, distinct from the rest of the South. In Charleston The Musical, we discover much about the city, its people, and the birth of ragtime, tap dance, jazz, and that dance sensation, the Charleston. Listen in as I provide a preview of this wonderful show, now playing on James Island. Read more
If you were to write a play about 3 very ordinary people living very ordinary lives and working in very ordinary jobs, you’d likely end up with a very ordinary play. But if you’re award-winning writer Annie Baker, you’ll end up with a Pulitzer Prize winning play called The Flick.