by Nick Smith
Piccolo performances of Ginger have been canceled. PURE Theatre’s intriguing spin on the tale of Hansel and Gretel was originally scheduled to open on April 23, then pushed back to premiere during Piccolo Spoleto.
Co-author and PURE co-founder Rodney Lee Rogers cites “insurmountable odds” as the reason for the cancelation. “We had an actor conflict," he says. “One of the actors that we wanted was double booked. We also had building [venue] conflicts.”
PURE uses Lance Hall next to the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street. The small space is adequate for simple shows like Speech & Debate and The Year of Magical Thinking, which will both be produced during Piccolo. But for a more ambitious show such as Ginger: A Story of Hansel & Gretel, Rogers and his team would prefer to use a larger space. “We’ve done everything we can do in Lance Hall and before that, the Cigar Factory. We need somewhere with more capacity.”
Despite the schedule change, Rogers feels he’s figured out how to run several shows during Piccolo smoothly and efficiently. “The trick is not having two things going on at the same time. When one show ends its run, another one starts.”
Three guest companies will also appear at Lance Hall: Main Street Theatre of Rock Hill with Discretion; a dance troupe from Washington; and Deuce Theatre with their strange examination of faith, Treeligion. PURE hopes to mount Ginger in July.