We recently snagged a copy of Piccolo Spoleto’s almost-complete schedule. As always, this year’s line-up is almost overwhelming in its scope, with both returning and new shows from local and national companies. Here are some of the stand-outs.
Theater. You’ll see the return of some of the past year’s more acclaimed recent productions (Deuce Theatre’s Treeligion, PURE’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Speech & Debate, Village Playhouse’s Shipwrecked). Minneapolis-based Buckets and Tap Shoes have been touring around the world with their mix of tap dancing, percussion, magic, audience participation, and more. And the Footlight Players present Devil Boys from Beyond, a campy send-up of 1950s sci-fi movies. And we haven’t even mentioned CofC’s Stelle di Domani Series. Alum David Lee Nelson returns with Status Update and Crescent Stage (featuring several alums) presents Reasons to be Pretty, a romantic dramedy about the burden by Neil LaBute.
Comedy. Piccolo Fringe brings us some returning national companies — like the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Cook County Social Club, the Reckoning, and Frankenmatt, and the Cody Rivers Show. Plus some new faces like CatNip! (an L.A.-based all-lady troupe), and Chicago’s Big White Angels.
Dance. The Dance at Noon Series will take place at the Footlight Theatre, with performances from troupes from across the Southeast, including E.E. Motion Dance Company, Great Gig Dance Company, Unbound Dance Company, and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company.
Literary. The free Sundown Poetry Series is sure to be lovely this year, taking place in the Dock Street Theatre courtyard. Some of the participating poets include Lydia Cortes, Helen Brandenburg, and Chuck Sullivan.
Of course, there’s more. Visual arts, family events, and lots and lots of music. Check the Piccolo website regularly as they add more stuff, and check back to SpoletoBuzz soon for Ballard’s round-up of the most promising musical acts.