"Waiting for Godot" is Samuel Beckett's modern masterpiece — and you can get it for 20 percent off this weekend.
Spoleto Festival USA 2017 (a mouthful, right?) is rapidly approaching — and we know y'all are as excited to snag tickets as we are. Revel in all that it means to be a Charleston resident this Sun. March 12, at King Street's Second Sunday, where you can head over to the Spoleto office at 14 George St. and purchase tickets to a range of Spoleto performances at a 20 percent discount.
Spoleto will also have a tent set up on the corners of King and George streets where staff will be available to answer questions about the upcoming season. There, you can get some promotional codes for online ticket purchases, good for Sunday only.
Some of the specially priced performances include the grand opera Eugene Onegin, Druid's Waiting for Godot, and the festival's finale. You can buy tickets online anytime, or by calling the festival box office at (843) 579-3100 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Tickets will be available at the box office, located inside of the Gaillard Center, from May 1-June 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun. June 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Due to demand, Spoleto Festival USA has added an extra performance by tap master Ayodele Casel to the fest's schedule, on Sat. June 3 at 2 p.m. at Woolfe Street. The world premiere, While I Have the Floor, is about Casel's life, as told through tap.
Spoleto also hosts a Conversations With session with Casel on Fri. June 2 at 5 p.m. These sessions are free, just make sure to register in advance.
"Incandescence" is one of the pieces up for auction.
Art lovers, great news! Charleston is getting an early taste of Spoleto Festival USA’s 41st season. The Spoleto Festival Annual Auction will take place Fri. Feb. 24 in The Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory to support the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, one of the country’s most prestigious ensembles of young musicians. Tickets to the event are $225 ($3,000 for a table of 10), but you can get a free sneak peek of the auction items starting this Thurs. Feb. 16 at Fritz Porter from 6-8 p.m.
Fritz Porter (also located in the old Cigar Factory) will showcase a selection of 23 pieces of art up for grabs from Thursday until the following Friday. The art available in this year’s silent and live auctions includes work by artists such as Lizzie Gill, John Acorn, Rhett Thurman, Kate Hooray Osmond, and Mallory Page.
Now, if you are in fact attending the auction, you can look forward to a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction, and live music performed by local singer/songwriter McKenzie Eddy. While the auction emphasizes the large number of available works created by visual artists, those attending the event will also have the chance to bid on luxurious trips, dinners prepared by award-winning chef Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary, and a post-Festival-performance meet-and-greet with bluegrass band Della Mae.
As the proceeds of the event will benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, guests may also sponsor a member of the Orchestra for their residency during the 2017 season. Learn more here.
Nigel Redden, general director of Spoleto Festival USA, wrote in support of immigrants in his Post and Courier op-ed, "Immigrants all," published Saturday.
The original Spoleto Festival began in Italy and was founded by Gian Carlo Menotti, an immigrant who came to the country in 1927; Menotti founded Spoleto USA in 1977. Redden writes, "Spoleto Festival USA still thrives on the contributions of Americans as well as foreigners today. Whether presenting an opera by Antonio Vivaldi or a play by Samuel Beckett, the festival depends on works created by artists from many parts of the world."
It appears Spoleto and Redden in particular is feeling especially concerned about art and artists' place in America right now. In his op-ed Redden sings the praises of Spoleto's varied offerings, highlighting this year's performances of Angel, which is about a Kurdish immigrant, and We Love Arabs, which addresses the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Redden ends with a warning of sorts, about the future of arts if "immigrants, all" are not included: "It would be sad and diminishing for us if those possibilities vanished. Indeed, it would be quite a departure from what we have been as a Festival, and what we have been as a country if we close ourselves off from any part of the world. Ultimately, if we do, we will all bear the loss."
Greetings, Spoletians. Spoleto Festival USA 2017 is right around the corner (well, in May, but that comes faster than you think) and tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. Snag your tickets online or by calling (843) 579-3100.*
And, great news, it's also not too late to participate in the 2017 pre-sale either. You've got a few hours left and if there's something you're dying to see you can become a festival donor and gain access to those coveted tickets.
How do you choose what to see? Good question. Our overview critic Maura Hogan previewed the fest earlier this month — be sure to check that out.
*Online and call volume may be high tomorrow, so you may be put on hold or into a virtual waiting room, FYI.