Theater

Fired Up and Focused!

When: Sat., June 9, 2 p.m. and Sun., June 10, 2 p.m. 2012

Birthday bash. Michael E. Evans is going to need an awful lot of candles. He's marking what would have been the 100th birthday of Philip Simmons, master blacksmith, with a solo commemoration of his life. Simmons' decorative iron work can be found all over Charleston, and he left an indelible impression on the city.

Life lessons. Evans is a man of many skills. He's a minister, motivator, author, artist, and producer. With a silky smooth voice, he takes audiences on an inspirational tour through Simmons' life, highlighting the iron artisan's creativity and philosophy.

Heavy metal. Starting as a 13-year-old apprentice, Simmons spent 77 years as a blacksmith. He was lauded by his hometown, and his work can be seen at the Smithsonian, the S.C. State Museum, and around the world. But Charleston's the place to go to find his finest work. Since his life was intertwined with the city, audiences will get a glimpse of Chucktown's rugged heart as well as a deep biography of the man.

Nick Smith

Price: $11

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