The Flowertown Players’ artistic director, JC Conway, has been elected to the South Carolina Theatre Association board for 2015, according to a recent press release. He’ll act as the division chair for the University Community Theatre Division.

Conway was in the news last summer for having to defend his Summerville community theater in front of the town council — one councilman had taken offense to the group’s decision to produce the musical Rent, which tells the story of HIV-positive bohemians in New York, and threatened to try and cut Flowertown’s funding. Conway was a longtime member of Charleston’s contemporary theater scene before taking the reins at Flowertown, which has since become his main priority.

Back in February of 2013, he told the City Paper that Flowertown might be heading in a slightly edgier direction, if it seemed that there was an audience for it. Apparently there is, because in addition to the theater’s standard fare of family-friendly and classic shows — The Sound of Music, Grease, Plaid Tidings — they’ve also produced Sartre’s No Exit and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, both part of their Next Stage series. Not to mention, of course, the infamous Rent.

Currently at Flowertown, you can see the comedy Dearly Departed, about the death of a Southern patriarch and the dysfunctional family who comes together to bury him. Find out more at

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