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Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

Season Update

 
 
 
A Message from Charleston Stage Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Julian Wiles,
and Associate Artistic Director, Marybeth Clark



Charleston Stage Delays Opening of Its 43rd Season to January 2021 

 

 
 
Options for Patrons from Cancelled Season Shows: 

 
 
 
Dear Patrons,

It is with great regret that we bring you the news today of having to delay the opening of our 43rd Season. The magic of live theatre is about a gathering of live audiences and live performers together celebrating, interacting, and enjoying the play or musical at hand. At present we could not see a way to gather together while still ensuring the safety of our audiences and our performers. These are difficult, but necessary decisions. They will help ensure the health of our community and the financial health of Charleston Stage. This brief intermission from production will give us the financial strength to return with a full staff in January once we begin production again. We feel that it is best at this point, to err on the side of caution and reschedule and restructure our operations to weather this storm. If conditions do improve, this would also give us the resources and flexibility to reopen sooner. For now, however, we expect for the curtain to rise again on Charleston Stage productions in January 2021.

With this change, Charleston Stage is reducing our operating budget over the next nine months by 60%—almost $1 million dollars—and will be forced to furlough 19 of our 29 staff members for some months. In the meantime, we will be relying on the community and our generous patrons to help us raise a needed $200,000 to continue our scaled down operations. This will allow a smaller staff to begin making preparations for the shows still to come. While our productions and classes are on hold, we invite patrons to contribute to Charleston Stage’s "Curtain Up Fund" that will help sustain the company during this challenging time. Donations may be made online at CharlestonStage.com/CurtainUp.

Though delayed, we will be producing an amended lineup of plays and musicals at the Historic Dock Street Theatre that will open in January 2021. Our new MainStage season will now open with the acclaimed musical, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline in February 2021. This will be followed by the Charleston premiere of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express in March, the Best Musical Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots in April, and Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star in June. There will also be a Family Series production of E.B. White’s children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web in January 2021.
 
Due to the required social distancing because of the pandemic, we also simply could not find a way to safely hold our summer Education classes for our TheatreSchool students at the West Ashley Theatre Center. We are hopeful our enriching classes, which reach over 350 students each season may be able to return sometime in the fall.
 
For the past 264 years, Charleston audiences have gathered to enjoy performances at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Generations of Charlestonians have gathered again and again, even after outbreaks of smallpox and yellow fever in the 18th and 19th centuries, returning to the Dock Street Theatre for artistic nourishment. Just over a hundred years ago, audiences resumed their visits to the Dock Street Theatre after the many months that the 1918 Flu Pandemic raged through the City. Throughout Charleston’s history, audiences have returned again and again to this beautiful theatre, even when performances were disrupted by hurricanes, tornadoes, and the bombardments of war. I have no doubt the curtain here at the Dock Street Theatre will rise again and the show—many, many shows will go on. Of this I am certain. 
 
For now, we ask for patience from our patrons and ticket holders. We look forward to the day when we can all gather together once again at the Historic Dock Street Theatre to enjoy the magic of live theatre.
 
For current Season Members (2020-21) with tickets to Pride and PrejudiceA Christmas CarolElephant and Piggie's We Are In A Play, and/or A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tailplease click here for your options. Member tickets to Bright Star and Murder on the Orient Express will automatically be moved to the new corresponding dates (1st Fridays, 2nd Saturdays, etc.) and you will be able to exchange your dates if necessary.
 
For non-members (2020-21) with tickets to Noises Off, Junie B. Jones: The Musical or Bright Star (April dates) please click here for your options.
 
For non-members (2020-21) with tickets to Bright Star (August/September dates), Murder on the Orient ExpressPride and PrejudiceA Christmas CarolElephant and Piggie's We Are In A Play, and/or A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, you should have received an email from our Box Office about your tickets. Please refer there for options.
 
There are now adjusted season ticket packages for Charleston Stage’s amended 43rd Season. Memberships will be available online by clicking here. Patrons may also leave a message at (843) 577-7183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Charleston Stage staff, who are working remotely, will respond. Our staff is working diligently to take care of all patrons’ requests but, due to high volume, response time may be delayed.
 
 
Sincerely,

Julian Wiles
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
 
     

Marybeth Clark
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education
 
 

 

Amended 43rd Season

CANCELLED: Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, Elephant and Piggie's We Are In A Play, and A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

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 Jan. 23, 24, & 30, 2021    Feb. 3 - 21, 2021   Mar. 3 - 21, 2021   Apr. 13 - May 2, 2021   June 23 - July 11, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

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