Pure Theatre Season 20

Season 20

Just announced!
The plays of Pure Theatre’s twentieth anniversary season!

A Hidden Life
by Randy Neale

August – September 2022
World Premiere 

Four actors share the remarkable and quiet brilliance of one woman’s life from her impoverished birth on a dirt farm in Canada, through her life as a young widow and mother in Detroit during the depression, to the satisfaction of her matriarchy of a huge extended family. A Hidden Life, lyrically written and directed by Pure Core Ensemble member Randy Neale (Last Rites), is a joyful and celebratory exploration of the triumphs and trials that hold equal sway in a simple life well lived.

by Lynn Nottage 

January – February 2023
Southeast Regional Premiere

Creating the perfect sandwich is the shared quest of the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff of Clyde’s, a truck stop cafe. Even as the shop’s mischievous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staffers are given purpose and permission to dream—finding that “sometimes a hero is more than a sandwich” (The New York Times). 

Septima Clark
by Patricia Lessane

March – April 2023
World Premiere

In cooperation with the League of Women Voters Charleston Area, Pure Theatre is proud to announce the commission of a world premiere play on the life of Charleston native Septima Clark. Playwright Patricia Lessane will explore Septima Poinsette Clark’s life as an African American educator and civil rights activist, whom Dr. Martin Luther King called “the mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Compulsion: Or The House Behind
by Rinne Groff

April – May 2023
Southeast Regional Premiere 

Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her extraordinary diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Once publishers and producers get involved, it becomes “a very valuable product” and his good intentions prove to be his undoing.

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