‘Vision is Art’ sales to help support nonprofit

“The Woman in Black,” put on by The Village Repertory Co., begins Thursday and runs through Halloween

Operation Sight has a lofty mission: to restore vision to those in need in the Lowcountry.

In conjunction with fellow physicians John Boatwright and Paul Herring, Dr. Kerry Solomon founded Operation Sight, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing free cataract surgery for those in need in the state of South Carolina, explains publicist Gillian Love of Lou Hammond & Associates.

Operation Sight has partnered with the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Charleston, Trident United Way and free clinics throughout South Carolina to donate their time. The organization has provided 76 free procedures to date.

Thursday, local artists are teaming up for a show called “Vision is Art,” where a portion of all sales will go to support Operation Sight. s

Expect to see works by Carl Cerreto, Claudia Bell, Teresa Jones, Serge Skiba, Susan Altman, Ariane Kessler, Faye Sullivan, Becky Taylor, Jane Zalkin, Mahmood Fazal and Alex Radin.

The art show will take place at Carolina Eyecare Physicians, 1011 Clarity Road in Mount Pleasant from 6-8 p.m. There will be light refreshments at the event that is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Love at 408-4360.

“In 1904, an event of historical and cosmic proportions almost, could have, but didn’t, maybe, occurred,” exclaims J.C. Conway, artistic director of the Flowertown Players.

The Summerville troupe is putting on a show that explores what might have happened if the greatest scientific mind and the greatest artistic mind of the 20th century just happened to walk into the same bar on the eve of their greatest achievements.

Written by comedian Steve Martin, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” will be directed by Conway. Einstein will be played by David Barr while Picasso by Peter Ferneding.

Performances begin Friday and run through Nov. 3. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $22 for seniors and $20 for students, and can be purchased at the Flowertown Players box office, 133 S. Main St., in Summerville, by calling 875-9251 or online at www.flowertownplayers.org.

If you’re looking for a spookier play for the Halloween season, The Village Repertory Co., in residence at Woolfe Street Playhouse, will be featuring a production of “The Woman in Black.”

It was written by Susan Hill and adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt.

Producing artistic director Keeley Enright tells us a bit about the plot: “An older man, Arthur Kipps brings a ghost story to a young actor; it’s the story of something that happened to Kipps 30 years earlier, and the actor turns it into a drama.

The Village Rep.’s production, directed by Robbie Thomas, has a cast of two: Evan Parry and Young Stowe.

“The Woman in Black” begins Thursday and runs through Halloween. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students, and can be purchased by calling 856-1579 or online at www.villagerep.com.

The South of Broadway Theatre Company is producing “The Sisters Rosensweig,” an interesting story of romance and sibling rivalry set in a posh London townhouse as one of the sisters celebrates a birthday.

The play was written by the late Pulitzer Prize-winner Wendy Wasserstein and is being directed by Mark Groman of South of Broadway.

The sisters Rosensweig are three extraordinary Brooklyn-born Jewish women. Sara is managing director of the European branch of an international bank, Pfeni is an eccentric travel writer who pursues an unsatisfactory relationship with Geoffrey, a bisexual theatre director, and Gorgeous has the perfect husband and family in Massachusetts, where she pursues a career as an advice-giving radio show host.

In the South of Broadway’s production, the sisters are all played by actresses named Linda (or Lynda): Linda Eisen, Linda Esposito and Linda Harvey-Carter.

Performances start Thursday and run through Oct. 26. All tickets are $18 and can be purchased at 1080 E. Montague Ave., via phone by calling 745-0317 or online at www.southofbroadway.com.

Now in its 77th season, the Charleston Concert Association is such an important staple of the local performing arts community.

Its 2013-14 season begins this month and is full of exciting shows, all of which will be put on at the Sottile Theatre.

On Wednesday, the season opener, “The Butterfly Lovers,” will be performed by the Shanghai Ballet.

“In an opening night journey to China, the Shanghai Ballet performs the moving love story ‘The Butterfly Lovers.’ While that performance will be hard to match, the rest of the season, the exciting vocal excellence of one of today’s most popular baritones, a romantic evening with a legendary pianist and a robust program from a baroque orchestra from Italy, will not disappoint,” says Kevin Flarisee, media relations coordinator and ticket manager for the Concert Association.

November will bring baritone Nathan Gunn, February will see Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero perform “Music of the Heart,” while March will bring the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Individual tickets are $55-$95 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000. Season tickets range from $190-$390 and can be purchased by calling 727-1216.

Tickets can also be bought at the CCA office at 131 King St. Go to www.charlestonconcerts.org for more.