By Dottie Ashley

Although a few bars of Ray Charles’ “Drown In My Own Tears,” were played near the beginning of the play “Every Brilliant Thing,” only laughter filled the packed Woolfe Street Playhouse at the one-man show, in spite its harrowing themes of depression and suicide.

 

Ashley on the Arts

By Dottie Ashley

Euphoria, mingled with a tinge of suspicion, might well have been a response of classical music devotees last week, following the release of the official 2016 Spoleto Festival USA program, scheduled for May 17-June 12 in Charleston.

By Dottie Ashley

A “silver anniversary” event celebrating the 25th year of the founding of the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts will inaugurate the new Gaillard Center’s grand ballroom on October 10.

By Dottie Ashley

Upon hearing that the world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma will open the extensively renovated Charleston Gaillard Center with a performance in the center’s Martha and John Rivers Performance Hall, I immediately thought of a phone conversation I had with the musician around 2005. Although he once performed years prior for Spoleto Festival USA, Ma was extremely happy to return to Charleston as it conjured memories of his first visit. “At that time, I was really very young and not very well known and I was absolutely ecstatic over being invited to perform,” recalled the cellist. “Also, since I had recently married, we considered the Charleston trip to be a kind of second honeymoon and we had a wonderful time.”

By Dottie Ashley

It was the worst act of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy; it was the best act of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy.

By Dottie Ashley

Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our ultimate response to life. — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Although Charleston’s annual season of arts festivals is winding down, the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival continues to stage several of its more intriguing events, through June 7.

By Dottie Ashley

Anyone who has ever read or seen “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play later adapted into a film, may be surprised to learn that a version of this Pulitzer Prize-winning work will be performed by the Scottish Ballet during the 2015 Spoleto Festival USA.

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