The Gentleman Pirate

When: Tue., May 29, 4 p.m., Wed., May 30, 4 p.m., Thu., May 31, 4 p.m., Fri., June 1, 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., Sat., June 2, 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., Thu., June 7, 10 a.m., Fri., June 8, 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. and Sat., June 9, 4 p.m. 2012

Meet the Pirate. PURE Theatre co-founder Rodney Lee Rogers brings the legendary 18th-century pirate Stede Bonnet to life in this interactive theater piece, which focuses on Bonnet's defense at his 1718 trial. At the 2009 performance, Rogers stuck around after the show, in character, to answer questions from the audience.

No Jack Sparrow. Pirates have re-emerged as pop-culture icons in recent years, but the swarthy peg-leg image of popular imagination doesn't quite fit Stede Bonnet. Previously a well-to-do landowner, he bought his ship rather than stealing one, and he hired his crew members rather than kidnapping them. Be prepared to sympathize with a violent high-seas criminal who can quote Shakespeare.

Close quarters. This is the only Piccolo performance that takes place at the Powder Magazine, the oldest public building in the Carolinas. It's an odd little brick building with three-foot-thick walls that was originally used as a storage facility for loose gunpowder. If you haven't been yet, you're not a true Charlestonian.

Paul Bowers

Price: $16


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