by John Stoehr
After watching Vaud Rats Wednesday night, I talked to Rodney Rogers, co-founder of PURE Theatre, which presented K. Brian Neel in Vaud Rats for Piccolo Spoleto. The performance was in Lance Hall, about as small a space as I ever seen theater in. Afterward, a downpour gave us an excuse to stick around Lance Hall and chat a bit. Rogers told me that Eurydice, PURE's previous production at 10 Storehouse Row at the Old Navy Yard, tanked.
Not that the show suffered financially. PURE organizers prepare themselves for feast as well as famine. It tanked, Rogers said, because so few people schlepped themselves out to North Charleston, a result that many feared and predicted. So they are in discussions with the historic Circular Congregational Church to use Lance Hall, this charming little space tucked back behind the cemetery off Meeting Street. You can fit, I'd say, about 70 people inside, a perfect amount for PURE shows. They can't do much with scenery and tech, but PURE doesn't go for much of that anyway. So it might be an ideal match if PURE can pull off the negotiation. Rogers would let me know. More later.