Treasure Island 

When: Sat., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 23, 3 p.m.
Price: $15+
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$15+

When we spoke with Keely Enright, artistic director of Village Repertory Co. at Woolfe Street Playhouse, over the summer, she was excited to discuss the upcoming season, one she assured us was full of powerful female characters. And while she’s obviously looking forward to each production — what artistic director isn’t? — she was perhaps most pumped for Village Rep’s production of Treasure Island, opening this month.

Village Rep takes Bryony Lavery’s adaptation to the stage — one in which Jim Hawkins is played not by the typical male actor, but this time, by a young girl.

In a release, Enright details what she loves about this show: “Treasure Island is such a beloved classic. But it always felt like such a boy’s tale to me. When I discovered this brilliant adaptation by Bryony Lavery, it felt so much more inclusive. In Treasure Island, young Jim is caught in the middle of the pirate story and must find courage in the face of a murderous plot while struggling with moral dilemmas. I loved how Bryony changed the character of Jim — making him a young girl. That change shifted the dynamics in the relationships ever so slightly, bringing new aspects to light without taking anything away from the gorgeous [Robert Louis] Stevenson storyline. It is an honor to stage the ultimate pirate yarn, the one that gave rise to all pirate lore as we know it, here in beautiful Charleston, where so many of the world’s most famous pirates lived and died.”

— Connelly Hardaway

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