Curtain rises on New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry

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The inaugural International New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry will bring three evenings of original plays to the stage at USCB’s Center for the Arts in Beaufort.

The festival is scheduled Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. A matinee is planned for Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 or $25 for all three shows. Students are admitted for $7 or $18 for all three shows. Audience members can reserve seats by calling (843) 521-4145 or pay at the door.

Local playwrights Ethard Van Stee, Becky Mitchell, Nicholas Nicholas, Dennis Adams and Dan Daniels have contributed their works for a series of staged readings and original monologues scheduled Friday night.

On Saturday night, audiences will see plays selected from entries submitted by playwrights from Australia, Europe, New York and California.

“Talks With Stars,” by Hilton Head playwright Brent Savidge will be read Saturday evening. Savidge’s play is about a young man who talks with the ghost of Humphrey Bogart. “A Tragic Comedy of Shakespeare Shakeups” by 14-year-old Jonathan Boulon of Beaufort will be read during Sunday’s matinee.

Pieces throughout the festival include both comedic and dramatic readings performed and directed by local thespians. For a full schedule of performances, visit



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