Issue 6.30 | Monday, May 5, 2014
Get out and smell the, umm, ....
actress to star here in play about Margaret Mitchell
MAY 5, 2014 -- Charleston native and College of Charleston alumnae Saluda Camp returns in May and June for 13 performances of a one woman play about Margaret Mitchell during Piccolo Spoleto as part of the College of Charleston's Stelle di Domani Series.
The play, Mrs. John Marsh -- The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell, tells the story of the reclusive author's life before and after she became a publishing sensation. Written by Melita Easters of Atlanta and produced by Wing and a Prayer Productions, the play includes an audio visual component of rarely published photographs and newsreel footage from the movie's Atlanta premiere.
"I am thrilled to be returning to Charleston for these performances," Camp said. "I have been a fan of Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind since I was 16. I wrote a high school term paper about Miss Mitchell and some of the material I quoted in that paper so many years ago is included in the play. The piece resonates very strongly with me."
Camp's post-graduate acting training was in London with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where Dame Judi Dench is the school's president and The Globe Theatre. Based in New York City, she has acted in several seasons with regional companies: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Connecticut Free Shakespeare.
Camp played Hollywood silent screen legend Marion Davies, in the East Coast premiere of The Cat's Meow, directed by Ed Dennehy. The film version by Steven Peros featured Kirsten Dunst in the role. In New York, Saluda has acted with The American Globe Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, Boomerang Theatre Company and New Light Theatre Project, among many others. She was also featured this year in a TV pilot called "Released" and starred in the short "Bite" which went to the 2008 Cannes Short Film Festival.
Largely in Mitchell's own words, the play is based on biographies of Mitchell, thousands of letters Miss Mitchell wrote and the one hour radio interview Mitchell gave in 1936. Research also included literary criticism and biographies of several Mitchell friends resulting in an engaging and historically accurate picture of Mitchell's life.
Camp first collaborated with me on the play for three readings at The Players Club and The Metropolitan Club in New York, where actress and play received standing ovations and high praise. Camp is preparing for the Charleston performances under the direction of Cailin Heffernan, who has directed a number of plays with strong female characters in New York and whose productions have been nominated for NYIT Awards. Ms. Heffernan has directed for regional theater, Off-Broadway and the New York Musical Theater Festival, New York Fringe Festival, Midtown International Theater Festival and Samuel French Festival.
it is possible for aura to emanate from words, the presence of Margaret
Mitchell has been wonderfully resurrected in Melita Easters' compelling
one-woman theater piece, Mrs. John Marsh - The World Knew Her as Margaret
Mitchell. The two-act play, grounded in careful research and vibrant
with personality, is both compelling story-telling and revealing history.
The play masterfully celebrates one of America's most famous literary
figures by giving her the spirit of life that gave us the book -- Gone
With the Wind," said noted Georgia author Terry Kay. Kay is author
of 11 novels including literary classic To Dance With the White Dog.
He was known as one of America's best theatre and film critics during
his tenure at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution for eight years
early in his career.
The 13 performances of the play include five matinees. Reservations are available on the Piccolo Spoleto website: www.piccolospoleto.com
A former newspaper reporter and Georgia Public Broadcasting producer, Melita Easters is the writer and producer of the play. She has been a political and community activist in Atlanta for more than 30 years, including service as founding chair of Georgia's WIN List, a political action committee to elect more women to office in Georgia. She currently chairs the board of the University of Georgia's student newspaper, The Red and Black.
a field trip in your own yard
MAY 5, 2014 -- If you haven't gotten out and smelled the roses -- especially after the Chamber of Commerce weekend we just had -- you need to get your brains checked.
Spring is busting out all over with all sorts of flowers out and about. The banks and car dealers have huge gladiolas in their flower beds. Double-knockout roses are flashing their red petals throughout grocery store and shopping center parking lots. And the dreaded pollen seems to have finally passed.
In our yard this week, a daughter and I tried to spy as many kinds of flowering plants as we could in one wild section. Here's what we found that had flowers in the yard and garden:
There was one small purple flower and a tiny yellow one that we couldn't figure out for the life of us, despite perusing the state Bible for wildflowers, "A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina," by Richard Porcher and Douglas Rayner.
Get out and look around. You'll be surprised what you'll find.
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Water Missions staff from 10 countries to meet on safe water
Water Missions International is convening directors and staffers of programs in 10 countries to its North Charleston headquarters on Thursday to discuss plans for providing sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas.
Staffers from the North Charleston organization will come from Belize, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Tanzania and Uganda to be at WMI's Global Summit. It will highlight success stories from the field, as well as the challenges they face in their daily efforts to deliver safe water.
"The obstacles these individuals overcome on a daily basis are not even on the radar of most people in the United States," said George Greene IV, President Water Missions International. "Contracting diseases like malaria or dengue fever, navigating roads that are not only impassible but washed out after a rain storm, and constant risk of violence, are just some of the real threats that these individuals deal with on a daily basis," added Greene.
The country program directors are Water Missions International employees, predominantly indigenous to the countries they represent. The directors, along with key members of their staff, are spending two weeks at WMI headquarters participating in training and planning workshops. During these workshops the group will develop implementation plans for the coming years.
"Whether we are responding to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel , or we are implementing a sanitation (latrine) project in a remote village like La Zarca, what we all aspire to do is transform communities around the world," said Johny Bermudez, Mexico Country Program Director.
Lowcountry Giving Day is Tuesday
the Lowcountry" is a special day of giving throughout the Lowcountry
on Tuesday to expand the financial impact of gifts and create the opportunity
for "a truly transformational day," according to the Coastal
Community Foundation, which is organizing the event.
the Lowcountry is part a larger national effort called Give Local America.
Its aim is to encourage us all to make gifts that support causes we care
about in our community. Part contest, part referendum, all good with over
100 community foundations nationwide working in concert to celebrate the
100th anniversary of the founding of the first community foundation. All
are united in promoting local generosity.
Conroy, Warley to discuss books, long friendship
Evening with Pat Conroy and John Warley" will highlight the books
and friendship of New York Times bestselling writer Pat Conroy
and author John Warley, who were classmates at The Citadel, graduating
together in 1967. The writers will discuss their new books, Conroy's The
Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, and Warley's
A Southern Girl: A Novel at a special Piccolo Spoleto presentation
on May 26 at the Holliday Alumni Center at the Citadel, 69 Hagood St.,
book is a story of the redemptive power of family. Conroy's newest memoir
is at once a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle,
and a poignant lesson in how the ties of blood can both strangle and support.
A 2009 inductee into the South Carolina Hall of Fame, Pat Conroy is the
author of eleven books, including The Boo, The Great Santini, The Lords
of Discipline, My Losing Season, My Reading Life, and, most recently,
The Death of Santini. In 2013, Conroy became editor-at-large for
Story River Books, an original fiction imprint of the University of South
Carolina. He lives in Beaufort, S.C., with his wife, the novelist Cassandra
semi-autobiographical A Southern Girl: A Novel is set against the
historical backdrop of Charleston's insular South of Broad neighborhood
in a tale of international adoption and families lost then found anew
through courage and perseverance. Warley's previous books include Bethesda's
Child and The Moralist.
a Street Called Easy, In a Cottage Called Joye
A light, amusing read about the adventures and misadventures of two writers who moved from big City New York to small town Aiken, S.C., to restore and live in a 60-room "cottage."Joye Cottage had been transformed from a small county inn into an 18 bedroom mansion by Gilded Age Robber Baron William C. Whitney after he married his second wife in 1896. By the time Smith and Naifeh discover the house, it had suffered from decades of neglect, with water snakes swimming in the regularly flooded basement, no working heat or air conditioning, and only one functioning toilet in 16 bathrooms. Aptly subtitled "A Restoration Comedy" much of the book relates their efforts to renovate the house with a large and eccentric crew of workers. From Mordia Grant, who captained the crew of day laborers by right of style, to Lucky Dale, chimney sweep and recycler extraordinaire, to Desmond Harris, housekeeper and Crisco devotee, they are a memorable crew. Also amusing is the authors' account of their attempts to sample the local cuisine, i.e., their introduction to South Carolina barbecue. There have been many books of this type published but this one is well done.
Alexandra Ripley was born in Charleston on Jan. 8, 1934, the daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Braid. After graduating from Ashley Hall, she attended Vassar College on a United Daughters of the Confederacy scholarship.
After receiving a B.A. in Russian in 1955, Ripley worked a succession of jobs, living in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Florence, Italy. In 1963 she returned to Charleston, where she held various positions from travel agent to tour guide to ghost writer. She returned to New York and began working in publishing and then moved to Virginia in the early 1970s to pursue a writing career. Ripley published her first historical novel, Charleston, in 1981 while working at a bookstore. She followed with a sequel, On Leaving Charleston (1984), and then two more works of historical fiction, The Time Returns (1985) and New Orleans Legacy (1987), the latter of which became a Literary Guild alternative and a Reader's Digest Condensed Book selection.
In 1986 Ripley was chosen to write a sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Gone With the Wind (1936), by Mitchell's estate. In 1988 Warner Books successfully bid $4,940,000 for the publishing rights. On Sept. 25, 1991, Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind appeared in bookstores. It spent 16 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, selling two million copies by the end of the year. The book follows Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler as she makes her way from Charleston to Savannah, Georgia, and finally to Ireland, where she restores her ancestral estate, raises her daughter, joins an insurrectionist movement, and marries an English earl before finally reuniting with Rhett Butler. Despite the heady sales figures and intense, if brief, popularity of Scarlett, reviewers uniformly panned the book. Ripley shrugged off the criticism, however, and continued to write after the hoopla over Scarlett subsided. She published two more historical novels, From Fields of Gold (1994) and A Love Divine (1996), which were both well received.
was married to Leonard Ripley from 1958 until their divorce in 1963. In
1981 she married John Graham, a rhetoric professor at the University of
Virginia. Ripley had two daughters from her first marriage. She died at
her home in Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 10, 2004.
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5:45 p.m. May 5, Holliday Alumni Center, The Citadel, 69 Hagood
Ave., Charleston. The World Affairs Council of Charleston will host Elbridge
Colby, a fellow with the Center for a New American Security, to discuss
"China's Growing Assertiveness in Asia: What does it mean for America?"
A social session will start at 5 p.m.
E-Waste Recycling Rally: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8, parking lot near North Charleston City Hall, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston. Verizon employees will host an electronics recycling rally for local residents and small businesses that want to recycle old computers, monitors, TVs, computer cables and all sorts of electronic devices as well as glass, plastic and aluminum (no hazardous waste or things containing fluids). Random participants will get prizes.
Musical cabaret: 8 p.m. May 9, and 8 p.m., May 10, with companion events starting an hour earlier. Location: James F. Dean Community Theatre, Summerville. Singers of Summerville and the Flowertown Players will offer a musical cabaret-style fundraiser with "What I Did for Love: 100 years of Show Tunes." More.
Happily Ever After: 2 p.m. May 10, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. Charleston Ballet Theatre is bringing "Happily Ever After -- A Tale of Dancing Princesses" to the city as its spring production. Tickets are $12-$30. More.
Art in the Park: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 11; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 22, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. Artists of all skill levels ages 12 and up are invited to participate in this plein air painting opportunity in what will once become a full-time county park. Cost: $40 for county residents. More.
(NEW) CSO Gospel Choir: 5 p.m., May 24, Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St., Charleston. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra gospel choir will present a concert honoring Sadie Green Oglesby, a local African-American television pioneer, during Piccolo Spoleto. Tickets are $21 for adults; $11 for seniors. More.
RiverDogs Re-opening: 5:15 p.m., May 27, Riley Stadium, Charleston. Because opening night was rained out last week, the Charleston RiverDogs will conduct opening night festivities in the middle of the season -- on May 27. This second opening night will include fireworks, cheerleaders, a marching band and much more.
Westmark, photography exhibits: Through July 13, Gibbes Museum, Charleston. The museum will host two special exhibitions to keep a focus on contemporary art. "John Westmark: Narratives" explores the human figure in the Factor Prize-winning artist's large-scale paintings. "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century" takes a look at photographic works acquired for the museum's permanent collection over the last 10 years. More.
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.