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PICCOLO FRINGE: The Magic Negro and Other Blackness

May 27, 7:30pm; May 28, 9:30pm; May 29, 5:00pm The Magic Negro and Other Blackness ages 18+ only Using comedic sketches, improv, and character pieces, this one-man show from the mind Mark Kendall (Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta) examines the representation of black males in the media. Have you ever pondered the idea that Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham might be racially charged? […]

THEATRE SERIES: Why is Rock and Roll?

May 27, 8:00pm; May 31, 8:00pm; June 6, 7, 7:00pm; June 11, 8:00pm Why is Rock and Roll? Jay White and Jim Algar present a performance piece created to entertain and educate its audience about the genre of music that would revolutionize and redefine world culture. Part storytelling, rock concert, and theatrical play, the show takes you on a rollercoaster ride through […]


 May 27, 9:00pm; June 3, 7:30pm; June 10, 8:00pm Improv Riot Two acts of the funniest improv to be seen anywhere. Theatre 99 is Charleston’s year-round home for improv comedy where audiences come to laugh until it hurts. Bring suggestions for the quick-witted Theatre 99 ensemble members who will take your suggestions and rock out hilarious unscripted scenes. Guaranteed to make […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: The Complete History of Charleston for Morons

May 28, 4:00pm; May 29, June 5, 3:00pm; June 1, 7:00pm; June 11, 6:00pm The Complete History of Charleston for Morons Over 300 years of Lowcountry history in 60 minutes! A comedy history lesson accessible enough for morons to enjoy, while forever answering the hard to ask questions like: Which is better – mustard-based or vinegar-based barbeque? […]

THEATRE SERIES: You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught

May 28, 4:00pm; May 30, 8:00pm You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught A revealing original production by Charleston Southern University tackles racism and prejudice through music, dialogue, and spoken word. Premiered in 2015 to sold-out audiences, the show sheds light on the ways we think in an effort to heal, restore, and move forward together. Venue Footlight Players Theatre Address 20 […]


May 28, 7:30pm; May 29, 4:00pm & 7:30pm; May 30, 31, 9:00pm; June 2, 3, 9:00pm; June 5, 4:00pm & 7:30pm FEVER Charleston Cabaret Theatre presents a dance musical that celebrates female empowerment and sexual expression of female pop icons. FEVER takes you on a titillating journey from prohibition to the present, featuring music industry icons, from Betty Boop to Beyoncé, revealing […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: Reformed Whores

May 28, June 3, 4, 6:00pm; May 29, 9:00pm; May 31, 7:30pm; June 1, 8:30pm Reformed Whores If Tenacious D and Dolly Parton got drunk and had a baby it would be the musical comedy duo, Reformed Whores! Southern bred, but NYC-based, Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame deliver hilariously dirty country tunes with a wink and […]


May 28, June 3, 9, 11, 6:00pm; May 29, 7:30pm; May 30, 3:00pm; June 4, 10, 5:00pm Play What is Not There The Department of Theatre and Dance will present this original play, the title of which comes from a famous Miles Davis quote. Originally premiering at the prestigious Guthrie Theater, this one-act play explores the challenges a young physician confronts while […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: The Have Nots! Comedy Improv Company

May 28, June 4, 7:30pm; May 29, 7:00pm; June 11, 9:00pm The Have Nots! Comedy Improv Company No scripts! All improv! The longest running show in Charleston, this high-energy comedy improv show is entirely based on audience suggestions so every show is different. The Have Nots! will perform their unique brand improv comedy and you never know who will join them on stage. […]


May 28, 29, 8:00pm; June 1, 2, 8, 4:00pm; June 3, 5, 10, 11, 8:00pm Nunsense The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to […]

THEATRE SERIES: Fully Committed

May 28, 8:00pm; May 29, 7:30pm; June 2, 8:00pm; June 4, 3:00pm & 8:00pm; June 5, 11, 3:00pm; June 11, 9:00pm Fully Committed This devastatingly funny production from Threshold Repertory Theatre follows Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the reservation line at Manhattan’s top restaurant. Coercion, threats, and bribes are all in a day’s work as he’s bombarded by scheming socialites and […]

THEATRE SERIES: The Brothers Size

May 28, 30, 8:00pm; May 29, 2:00pm; May 31, 4:00pm The Brothers Size Trustus Theatre presents an intimate and imaginative production exploring the tenuousness of freedom and the bonds of brotherhood. Ogun and Oshoosi are two brothers at odds following Oshoosi’s release from prison. Flights of poetry, music, and West African mythology combine in this contemporary tale written by acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney […]


May 29, 2:00pm; June 4, 4:00pm Cinderella Princes and pumpkins, glass slippers, fairy godmothers and ugly step-sisters… whatever is a girl to do? SPROUTS Musical Theatre presents the most popular of all classic tales in its hilarious and magical Cinderella. This musical pulls out all the stops with great audience participation, hysterical numbers, and beautiful ballads. venue Footlight Players Theatre address 20 […]

THEATRE SERIES: ‘Mind Games’ with Illusionist Howard Blackwell

May 29, 3:00pm; June 3, 8:00pm; June 4, 1:00pm & 6:00pm; June 5, 7:30pm; June 11, 7:00pm ‘Mind Games’ with Illusionist Howard Blackwell This theatrical performance features mental illusions woven with stories of the past. Illusionist Howard Blackwell puts his spin on some of the classics of magic while demonstrating incredible mental feats, testing the limits of intuition and abilities of the mind. venue […]


May 29, 4:00pm; June 5, 8:00pm; June 8, 12:00pm With These Words The College of Charleston Department of Theater and Dance proudly supports this third annual collaboration with Annex Dance Company. This performance, the result of a residency by Annex, will present College of Charleston student dancers alongside professional dancers in new and selected works that explore text and literary themes through movement. Venue […]

THEATRE SERIES: Sounds of the Cigar Factory

May 29, 5:00pm Sounds of the Cigar Factory This staged reading, dramatizing selections from Michele Moore’s recently published The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston, demonstrates with authentic and lyrical language, images, music, and song how both black and white factory workers in Charleston persevered and gave rise to the civil rights anthem of protest and promise, We Shall Overcome. This musical prose poem […]


May 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 8:00pm Under the Lights Returning to the festival, this Piccolo favorite highlights original College of Charleston student works. A series of 10-minute plays, Under the Lights features winners of the Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting and the Todd McNerney Student Playwriting Awards. Enjoy an evening celebrating the voices and ideas of the next generation of […]

THEATRE SERIES: Mark Twain’s Final Tour

May 31 & June 8, 8:00pm Mark Twain’s Final Tour According to Mark Twain, his life was an unswerving regularity of irregularity. Born in 1835, the year of Halley’s Comet, he was fond of saying that he expected to go out when it came again, and sure enough, in April, 1910 he did just that. The 75 years in between gave […]


June 1, 2, 7, 8, 3:00pm Staged Readings Free staged readings of the 2015 Todd McNerney National Playwriting contest runner-up and winner. Previous winning plays have come from such notable playwrights as Caridad Svich, James Still, William Missouri Downs, and Donnetta Lavinia Grays. Visit piccolospoleto.com for the final schedule and details. venue Theatre 220 address CofC, 54 St. Philip Street admission […]

THEATRE SERIES: It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues

June 1, 4, 7, 9, 8:00pm; June 10, 4:00pm It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues This sizzling musical revue presented by Art Forms and Theatre Concepts will have you tapping your feet, clapping your hands and leaving the theatre humming and smiling. More than three dozen songs, fabulous costumes and a five piece band will […]

OTHER MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Gracie & Lacy’s Vintage Hollywood Show!

June 2, 7:00pm, June 10, 2:30pm & 7:00pm Gracie & Lacy’s Vintage Hollywood Show! Experience powerhouse vocals, tap dancing, comedy, and a dazzling wardrobe of historically-inspired costumes, all in this popular show staged previously in Chicago, Orlando, Branson, and elsewhere. Recognized by Marvin Hamlisch and sought after by America’s Got Talent, national sister act Gracie & Lacy bring Vintage Hollywood to life! More […]

THEATRE SERIES: When I First Remember

June 2, 8:00pm When I First Remember Queen Atterberry of Lady in White Production Company blends music, dance, and dialogue to tell the story of the inception of Gullah-Geechee culture, which is unique to the Lowcountry. venue Footlight Players Theatre address 20 Queen Street admission $21

PICCOLO FRINGE: Mary Kay Has a Posse

June 2, 8:30pm; June 5, 6:30pm Mary Kay Has a Posse ages 18+ only They’re back! Charleston’s original allfemale improv comedy group! Part talk show format, part long form improv, all funny! Bitingly witty, unpredictable, and politically incorrect the ladies of “Posse Talk” break all the rules. Don’t miss what Charleston City Paper calls an “unforgettable night of launghing ‘til your face […]


June 3, 4, 6:00pm; June 5, 2:00pm & 5:00pm (Pay What You WIll); June 9, 8:00pm; June 10, 5:00pm, 8:00pm CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC Presented by the core ensemble of professional actors at PURE Theatre, CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC is a provocative meditation that fuses prose, poetry, movement, music, and visual imagery in a theatre experience that promotes a new and […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: Improvised Seinfeld

June 3, 4, 9:30pm; June 5, 8:00pm & 10:00pm Improvised Seinfeld Direct from their run of sold out shows at the UCB theatre in New York City, the hilarious comedy group Bellevue improvise an entirely new episode of Seinfeld. That’s right Seinfeld fans – it’s like watching a live taping of the show based on audience suggestion. You have to see […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: Exclusion Zone

June 4, 4:00pm; June 8, 7:00pm Exclusion Zone Celebrated Brooklyn storyteller Martin Dockery returns with a true story about a journey through no-man’s land that becomes an exploration of the very nature of art and creativity itself. For those who like their theater fast, smart, and funny, Exclusion Zone travels from Burning Man to Chernobyl in search of a legendary room with […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: Moonlight After Midnight

June 2, 7:00pm; June 5, 5:00pm; June 11, 4:00pm Moonlight After Midnight A man and woman meet in a midnight hotel room, setting the stage for a romantic mystery that has enthralled audiences from Australia to Canada and throughout the US. Holding the award for Best of Fest in Ottawa, Cincinnati, Orlando, Vancouver, and Adelaide, the show, written by Martin Dockery, stars […]

DANCE: Great Gig Dance Ensemble

Sun., June 5, 5:00pm Great Gig Dance Ensemble Great Gig Dance Ensemble is the performing company of Great Gig Dance Co. in Kennesaw, GA. Under the direction of Tammy Everhart, the Ensemble is a pre-professional performing group of 50+ young dancers specializing in jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. The Ensemble provides performance opportunities for the dancers to share their talents and love […]

DANCE: Annex Dance Company presents The Red Suitcase

Mon., June 6, Tue., June 7, 8:00pm Annex Dance Company Annex Dance Company returns to Piccolo Spoleto with The Red Suitcase, a collection of modern dance pieces inspired by the artwork of eleven visual artists displayed in a vintage suitcase. Venue  City Gallery Address  34 Prioleau Street Admission  $16 *A limited number of standing room tickets may […]

DANCE: Charleston City Ballet presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Tue., June 7, Wed., June 8, 7:00pm Charleston City Ballet First performed in October 2012, Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a full-length ballet based on Victor Hugo’s novel. The beautiful Esmeralda is caught in a story of love, betrayal, and doom as Quasimodo stands by her as a protector, while the Archbishop Frollo wants to claim Esmeralda as his own. The ballet […]

THEATRE SERIES: The Rebecca Play

June 8, 9, 6:00pm; June 11, 2:00pm The Rebecca Play The InHEIRitance project is producing original plays in communities around the country, inspired by narratives from the book of Genesis and devised from interactions with members of the local community. In Charleston, the play tackles the story of Rebecca using themes and ideas that arose through conversations, communal study, and workshops with Jewish […]

THEATRE SERIES: Nelle’s Story: The World of Harper Lee

June 8, 9, 10, 7:00pm; June 11, 1:00pm; June 12, 3:00pm Nelle’s Story: The World of Harper Lee Athena Productions presents a one-woman play, opening with an eleven-year-old Nelle Harper Lee, dressed in overalls and bearing a striking resemblance to Scout in the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird. The key scene is based on the only lecture Lee ever gave […]


June 8, 8:30pm; June 9, 7:00pm; June 10, 10:00pm; June 11, 7:30pm Big ‘Ole Show Starring Amber Nash (voice of Pam Poovey in FX’s Archer) and Matt Horgan (Dad’s Garage Theatre), the show is a completely improvised and hilarious antebellum tale of lust and love during the American Civil War! Marriages will be forbidden, bodices will be torn open, mint juleps will […]


May 27, 30, 31, June 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 7:30pm; May 28, June 2, 3, 9, 11, 8:30pm Gay Card This hysterical coming-of-age musical is a world premiere production presented by the student-run Center Stage. Follow the story of Logan, a new “out and proud” freshman at Lakeshore College, as he struggles to find his place among his fellow […]