Friday, May 30, 2008

Monkey: Journey to the West (video)

Chen Shi-Zheng, director of Monkey: Journey to the West, discusses with the New York Times how he came up with the concept of the stage adaptation for the 400 year old Chinese story featured this year at Spoleto Festival USA.

To learn about the show, visit the Monkey: Journey to the West Web site.

Performance added to Spoleto program: The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac

Heralded by Time Out London as the drag act to see if you only see one in your lifetime, The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac will be making an encore performance at Spoleto on June 2. Its first showing is tonight at 10PM in the College of Charleston's Emmett Robinson Theatre, so get ready for a night chock-full of political tirade, costumes, humor, and ukulele.
Here's a preview of what to expect from Taylor Mac:

To buy tickets for this event, click here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - Cast Party at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A.

Here's a behind the scenes look at a Spoleto Festival USA cast party courtesy of New York Times reporter Dan Wakin:

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Happy Spoleto, Mom

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom this Mother's Day? Spoleto is offering a deal for the perfect gift: When you purchase one ticket to Rossini's La Cenerentola, you can bring your mom for half price. Pretty cool, right? Performances of this comic opera will be held at the Gaillard Auditorium on May 23, 25, 30, and June 6. Tickets start at $20 and the offer is good until May 10.

To purchase tickets, go to Spoleto's Web site, call 843-579-3100, or stop by the ticket kiosk at the Gaillard Auditorium, which is open from 10am-6pm.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this year :-( so if you go, I want to hear all about it! Email me at or add me on MySpace or Facebook. (Seriously, add me on Facebook if nothing else--I only have FP friends on there! Then make my day and join the FP group :-) Tell your mom to add me too. I'll wish her a happy Mother's Day.)

P.S. Here are some samples of some of the more notable arias from the opera in case you're unfamiliar with it:

"Si, ritrovarla io giuro" as sung by Raùl Giminéz

"Nacqui All Affano...Non Più Mesta"