HARVIN COLUMN: 'All's Well' returns to the College of Charleston stage
All's well that ends well.
At least that's the way I'm feeling about this summer. For those of us who don't live by the school calendar, it means that the arts are revving back up after a couple of months of vacation. I'll take an air-conditioned theater as an alternative to the rain and heat.
First up is the Bard. The theater department at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present William Shakespeare's “All's Well That Ends Well” as part of the department's 15th annual Shakespeare Project.
While this is one of his comedies, it also has the full force of Shakespeare's creative mind with all the twists and turns that are signatures of his later works.
The story tells of a recently widowed countess who sends her son off to be mentored in the court of a king. But young Bertram's callow behavior is given encouragement by reckless companions, and he humiliates a young woman named Helena.
Helena's healing arts were passed along to her by her father, and now she must craft a way not just to fulfill her own heart's desire but to improve the heart of the man she loves. This is a tale of magic and grace in which the women turn out to be the better mentors.
“The central character of Helena is a smart, independent, resourceful young woman who follows her heart despite the fact that the boy she loves makes some rash, though naive, choices,” says Cristy Landis, director and adjunct theater professor.
The production starts Thursday and runs through Sunday and again the following week, Aug. 23-28. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m., except both Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. Shows are at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by telephone at 953-6306. General admission is $15 and $10 for College of Charleston students, faculty and staff and senior citizens (age 60 and older).
Get the scoop
The Summerville-Dorchester Museum Ice Cream Social promises to be the cool place to be Saturday. They are having sweet treats noon-3 p.m. with fun and games for the whole family. They are encouraging support for this small local museum that houses some interesting local history. Call 875-9666. The museum is at 100 E. Doty Ave.
Theatre Charleston is kicking off the first Theatre Charleston Awards season this month with its third annual Gin & Jazz event Aug. 26.
The awards were created by the League of Charleston Theatres and include 23 categories, including outstanding play, outstanding musical and several design awards.
More than 50 people will be attending local productions and voting online for their favorite performances throughout the year. The awards will be given out next year at a formal awards gala in late August.
This is a way to create some excitement in the local performing arts community, and it promises to be a way of recognizing the great work that is happening here.
The Gin & Jazz party will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Mercury Bar, 547 King St. The theme is the 1920s with prizes for the best costumes, a photo booth and a signature gin cocktail. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. To purchase tickets or for information on Gin & Jazz or the Theatre Charleston Awards, go to www.theatrecharleston.com or call 813-8578.
Call for artists
Would you like to contribute to Charleston's visual dialogue? The City Gallery is accepting exhibition proposals for the 2013 exhibition schedule. It is a contemporary art gallery looking for a range of artwork, including installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, multimedia, etc. A solo or group exhibition may be proposed. The deadline for submission is Sept. 1.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.