Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Spoleto joins theaters worldwide for virtual performance of 'Romantics Anonymous' this September

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Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 3:18 PM

Romantics Anonymous streams around the world this September - COURTESY SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
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  • Romantics Anonymous streams around the world this September
Spoleto Festival USA has announced a new, virtual presentation of Romantics Anonymous, which was slated to be part of the 2020 arts fest in Charleston before it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Presented by Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and Plush Theatrical, Romantics Anonymous is a musical about two chocolate makers that was slated to run during 2020's festival.

The U.S. premiere of Romantics Anonymous streams Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., performed and broadcast live from the Bristol Old Vic. You can buy tickets online at

Over 30 partner theater organizations around the world are selling tickets for various online performances of Romantics Anonymous (which will stream Sept. 22-26 to audience's homes), with each performance tailored to audiences in particular regions.

Each cast member of Romantics Anonymous will be tested for coronavirus before forming a bubble in Bristol, U.K., allowing the cast and creative team to perform the entire show without social distancing.

Spoleto Festival USA announced that it would be canceling its 2020 festival this past March, citing concerns surrounding the international pandemic. At the time the festival's executive director, Nigel Redden, said it would be "irresponsible" to hold the festival, which brings casts and crews from performing arts organizations all over the world to Charleston.

Redden hopes to "transpose" much of 2020's schedule onto 2021's festival.

When City Paper chatted with Redden this past May he stressed the importance of continuing to tell and share stories to keep the arts alive during these strange, often bleak times. He said: "It's these stories that we tell each other about finding common threads in life and we do this at times that are stressful, be it COVID-19 or before. The arts are about finding these moments of common humanity."

Stay tuned for more info about Spoleto's 2021 season by following along online.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Spoleto offers Charleston residents discounted tickets for 2020 fest this weekend, March 7-8

40 hours of 40 percent off

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 3:03 PM

Romantics Anonymous makes the list of specially discounted Spoleto tickets - COURTESY SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
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  • Romantics Anonymous makes the list of specially discounted Spoleto tickets
This weekend, March 7-8, in the midst of all of your Wine + Food fun, make sure you peruse Spoleto Festival USA's discounted tickets, offered only during locals weekend.

For 40 hours snag 40 percent off performances like Omar, Romantics Anonymous, The Crucible, Get Out in Concert, and the War and Treaty. It's a seriously good deal on some seriously good shows. Check out the full list of discounted shows online.

Charleston-area residents on the festival's mailing list will be emailed a promotional code that they can use online, March 7 at 8 a.m.- March 8 at midnight. Not on the list? Create an account online now.

You can also purchase discounted tickets in-person at the Spoleto Festival USA offices, Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m.

Sun. March 8 is Second Sunday on King Street and the fest will have an info table set up at the corner of King and George, 1-5 p.m. While you can't buy tickets there, you can get the promotional code to use online (or walk over to  14 George St. to buy tickets at the fest office).

Learn more about the festival online at

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Tonight: Spoleto Festival USA hosts 2020 auction

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Posted by Shannon Murray on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 8:20 AM

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Be a part of the lively Spoleto Festival USA 2020 auction on Fri. Feb. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium. Tickets start at $300 and can be purchased online.

The evening begins with a happy hour, followed be a formal sit-down dinner provided by Mosaic Catering + Events. Your entertainment for the evening includes cello played by Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra cellist Najette Abouelhadi.

Live auction items include a Viking River Cruise for two, a luxurious week in Turks and Caicos for six, a trip to Dallas with front-row seats to a Mavericks basketball game, and more.

All of the funds raised from the silent and live auctions are allocated to the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the country's most prestigious orchestra, comprised of elite young musicians from around the country. The funds raised help offset the cost of musicians’ housing and travel throughout the 17-day season.

Check out all the auction items online.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Spoleto's Exploring Omar discussion series is a free companion to this year's new opera

Engaging the community

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 3:46 PM

Omar Ibn Said is the subject of three upcoming discussions - (DETAIL) FILE PHOTO
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  • Omar Ibn Said is the subject of three upcoming discussions
Last week Spoleto Festival USA announced a new, free discussion series under the umbrella of Spoleto ETC (Engaging The Community), the fest's education and community outreach program. The ETC discussion series, Exploring Omar, expands on the historical context and cultural significance of Spoleto's original opera, Omar.

Written by Rhiannon Giddens, Omar is based on the life of former enslaved African, Omar Ibn Said. The opera premieres at Spoleto, running throughout this year's festival.

The discussions kick off next Thurs. Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Randolph Hall with: Cultural Ties Between Futa Toro (Senegal) and the Lowcountry. You'll hear from the Penn Center's Victoria Smalls, Georgia State University professor Elizabeth West, and College of Charleston professor John Cropper. The panelists will discuss the faith and cultural traditions of both Futa Toro (Omar Ibn Said's birthplace) and the Lowcountry. Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, a Citadel professor, moderates.
On Thurs. March 12 head to the Main Library at 6 p.m. for: Islam and Enslaved Africans in Early Charleston. Brenda Tindal of the International African American Museum moderates a discussion between Charleston County Public Library's historian Nic Butler and The New Schools' professor Hussein Rashid. This year the city celebrates 350 years, which makes it an apt time to discuss all of the city's history, including the influences of enslaved Africans on the introduction of Islam to the Lowcountry.
The final discussion, Omar Ibn Said, the Man, takes place on Thurs. April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Avery Research Center. Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim once again moderates; this panel features speakers Professor Ala Alryyes, of Queens College, and Dr. Sylviane Diouf, a visiting scholar at Brown University's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. The three will discuss who Omar Ibn Said was, and why his autobiography is so important. This discussion is followed by a reception.
Learn more about Spoleto (and buy tickets to Omar) online at

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Spoleto Festival USA 2020 tickets on sale Wed. Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

Get 'em while they're hot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 2:05 PM

We have a feeling Meow Meow, a kamikaze cabaret, will sell quickly - COURTESY SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
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  • We have a feeling Meow Meow, a kamikaze cabaret, will sell quickly
Spoleto Festival USA returns to the Holy City this spring for three weeks of all the best international performing arts you can find, well, anywhere. From May 22-June 7 the city hosts 33 different shows — from a specially commissioned opera to world class jazz to some gravity-defying physical theater.

Tickets will be available to the public starting on Wed. Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

While our Spoleto preview should give you a pretty good idea of what's on the docket this year, we will note that there are some shows that may sell faster than others. If you're eyeing a show that's only here for one night or in a more intimate venue (Woolfe Street Playhouse, hint hint), you'll want to snag those tickets sooner rather than later.

Learn more about the fest online at

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