College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

‘Breathe. A True Story’ Chronicles a Journey to Survive Beyond the Odds

At age 15, a young man – a boy – was told he was going to die before his high school graduation. Brennen just wanted to be normal. The problem: At eight-weeks-old, he was diagnosed with the fatal lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The only solution: He must undergo a double lung transplant, which took place 19 years later. The man, now 25, shares his story on stage in “Breathe. A True Story,” a one-man show about his journey to live beyond the odds.

Sponsored by Lucey Mortgage Corporation, Brennen will perform three shows locally to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Charleston and his alma mater, the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance. The performances will take place on August 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. – doors at 7:00 p.m. – at Theatre 220 in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St., College of Charleston campus. Runtime is slightly over one hour. Admission is $22. Tickets are available online, by calling (843) 953-6306 or at the box office on show dates.

Hailing from Hilton Head Island, S.C., Brennen Reeves graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014 where he majored in Theatre Performance – Acting and Directing. Shortly afterward, Brennen and fellow alumnus David Lee Nelson (Co-Creator/Director of “Breathe”), constructed Brennen’s one-man show, which was named one of the top five productions to see in “Pick from the Pros” at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in 2015. Since its opening, “Breathe” has been on tour traveling regionally and nationally in theatres, universities and medical campuses.

Brennen is also a comedian, writer, speaker and advocate for CF. He is currently working on publishing a novel, a creative autobiographical memoir of his life which is an add-on to his successful one-man show. More details about Brennen are available at

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