College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Piccolo Spoleto Stelle di Domani Theatre Series

A variety of entertaining performances that feature the Stars of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Follow #stelledidomani
THEY CALL ME ARETHUSA – Arethusa has been turned into a river, or so everyone thinks. Rather, she has joined a society of women with some very troubling secrets. College of Charleston alumna Jessica Colie McClellan spent three months in conversation with women from all walks of life who have had experience, either first or second hand, with relationship violence. In this fraught, but hopeful one-woman show, she weaves Arethusa’s tale from Greek mythology into that of the contemporary every-woman. [more info and tickets]

MAD GRAVITY – The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance proudly re-stages this sell-out, improbably loopy, award-winning farce (2013 T.M. National Playwriting runner-up, 2013 Reva Shiner Comedy Award Winner and Finalist at The Eugene O’Neill). The play unites a host couple, a performance artist who insists on bringing his work home with him and his supportive wife, with their guests, a dentist and his unhappily sarcastic spouse, to hash out their children’s romance over dinner. The apocalypse suddenly looms! Bedlam ensues! Funny and outrageous, the play even reveals the meaning of life! [more info and tickets]

UNDER THE LIGHTS – This Production (in its eighth incarnation and a Stelle favorite) showcases a series of original student written 10-minute plays. Included are the winners of the 2014 Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting and the 2014 Todd McNerney Student Playwriting Awards. Join us for an evening focused on the voices and ideas of the next generation of writers [more info and tickets]

MIDDLE GROUND – This dance concert celebrates the collaboration between the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Annex Dance Company, a local, professional modern dance company. Selected works are drawn from both repertoires and include blended casts, collaborative choreography, and dances that explore the intersections of physicality, beauty, and convergence. [more info and tickets]

MR. AND MRS. JOHN MARSH: THE WORLD KNEW HER AS MARGARET MITCHELL – by Melita Easters. This lively and humorous one-woman show about the reclusive author of Gone With the Wind is especially timely as the film premiered 75 years ago. The play stars Saluda Camp, a Charleston native and graduate of the College of Charleston, who currently practices her craft in New York. Directed by Cailín Heffernan. [more info and tickets]

Melita Easter, the author and producer, will present a free lecture about her inspiration for writing Mrs. John Marsh, including discussion about Gone With the Wind [more info]

THE ELEPHANT IN MY CLOSET – Me. Coming out to my father. As a Democrat. The hit solo show from David Lee Nelson, created with Adam Knight, returns for one final run where it all began. “4 Stars”- Time Out, NY . “Hits precisely the right notes at exactly the right place and time.” –Washington Post. May 3oth show is CofC alumni special in which part of the proceeds will be given to the College of Charleston. [more info and tickets]

THE ALUMNI DANCE CONCERT – The performance showcases the creative spirit of graduates from the College of Charleston’s Dept. of Theatre and Dance. This concert commemorates the connection between the alumni and the department, and promotes a partnership between professional and emerging dance artists. Enjoy the choreography and performances of our talented alumni. [more info and tickets]

ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD – Written by George Brant, is a play based on the true story of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the circus. An accident in a small town brings out the animal in everyone involved. Directed by Edward Precht, it is brought back after a sold-out run in CofC’s Center Stage season. [more info and tickets]