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FRINGE BENEFITS
Some people — and this is a documented fact — believe in hosting strangers in their homes in the expectation that they may actually be entertaining angels who've been sent to put their Christian charity to the test. Which is all well and good, until the heirloom china turns up missing. Because, of course, it's impossible to know exactly who you're entertaining and what unforeseen benefits might come with them. That is, unless you're welcoming one of Theatre 99's cadré of Piccolo Fringe artists as short-term roommates, in which case the benefits are self-evident: laughs aplenty and probably some pretty good company, though we make no claims about the china. Also, the professional sketch and improv comedians of this year's Piccolo Fringe are no ordinary house guests; your crude, embarrassing, and less-than-savory lifestyle tendencies could provide inspiration for future comic material. So if you've been feeling lonely lately, shake the dust off that futon and blow up the Aerobed. By welcoming a perfectly funny stranger into your life you may find a new friend who's guaranteed to be good for a few laughs. For information on providing a short-term home to one of Theatre 99's artists during the festival, call 853-6687 or e-mail thehavenots2000@aol.com. And remember: the people in this world most obviously trying to look like angels are generally the ones least likely to be. —Sarah Grasmick

A NEW FOOTLIGHTER
When they chose not to renew Richard Futch's contract as executive director last December 31, Footlight Theatre knew only one thing for certain: they no longer gave a hoot about creative skills or management skills; what Footlight wanted was someone with a single, all-important gift — begging skills. After flirting with creative types like Sheri Grace Wenger and executive types like Futch, Footlight was suddenly all about the business type: someone with the ability to bring in the lucre. As of Monday, May 1, that's what Footlight's new development director, Jocelyn Edwards, is all about, too. A Charleston native and recent CofC alum (the School of Business and Economics, if you're wondering) Edwards lands at Footlight after working at Trident United Way as a campaign director. Before that, she worked with fundraising consulting firm Custom Development Solutions. She's got her work cut out for her at Queen Street: coordinating the theatre's annual fund, attracting corporate sponsors, producing special events, and identifying grant money. Hey, maybe Footlight's next season should include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. —PS


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