Part of Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series. Stede Bonnet left a life of privilege to sail the seas as a gentleman pirate. What his money couldn’t buy he learned from his fateful encounters with Blackbeard and ended his days hanging at White Point. Part knight, part rogue, part fool, this living history chronicles his tale of heartache, fame and ultimate infamy. Written and performed by Rodney Lee Rogers. Produced by Pure Theatre. (1 hr.)
WHAT IS IT? Meet Stede Bonnet, an aristocrat who left his life of luxury to become a pirate, bought his ship instead of stealing one, paid his crewmen rather than shanghaiing them, and counted Blackbeard as a buddy. Written and performed by PURE Theatre’s Rodney Lee Rogers.
WHY SEE IT? Rogers was widely acclaimed for last year’s one-man masterpiece The Tragedian. The Gentleman Pirate has similar Shakespearean overtones and a captivating true tale to tell.
WHO SHOULD GO? Bonnet had close connections with Charleston, ending abruptly with his execution at White Point Gardens. Local history and theater buffs will not be disappointed. But life in Bonnet’s time was sometimes horrific, so leave the kiddies at home. (Nick Smith)