Redux, CBT Renew Venue Leases
When the economy goes bad, it can be good for the arts. The Redux Contemporary Art Center has renewed its lease with the PrimeSouth Group essentially until 2011. The real estate developer is losing tenants on Upper King Street and is doing what it can to keep them, even if that means letting out property at deep discounts. Kyle LeGette, Redux’s development director, says Redux is still searching for a new home. Once the new executive director, Karen Myers, settles in, and a new board is established this month, the nonprofit plans to search for someplace bigger, where it can expand educational outreach programs. Meanwhile, PrimeSouth’s Chris Price says Charleston Ballet Theatre also had the option to extend its lease for three years, but Jill Bahr, choreographer, says CBT choose to rent one year at a time, because she feels property values are going to decline even more. “I don’t want to be locked in for three years,” she says.
N. Chuck Gets New Theater Lab
South of Broadway Theatre is getting another theater group. Contemporary Theatre Lab, headed up by Mark Gorman, aims to bring works for the stage to life that would normally languish in workshop hell. It has already held auditions for its first production, Season 2 Season, a story about the life of abstract expressionist painter, Jackson Pollack. Contemporary Theatre Lab is the most recent theater group to sign up with SOBT. A newly revived Theatre RE/verv/ plans to mount a four-show season starting next fall. And Deuce Theatre aims to produce more shows there in the coming months.
Broadway B*tches, CSO Pops, Footlights
Deuce Theatre postponed Broadway B*tches. The reason is staffing difficulties, says director Andrea Studley. The show was set to debut at the South of Broadway Theatre on Feb. 8. Studley hopes to reschedule for mid-April. Meanwhile, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has moved the Feb. 21 McCrady’s Pops concert from the Gaillard Auditorium to the Charleston Music Hall. You don’t have to return your tickets. Just bring them as they are. And speaking of McCrady’s, the popular downtown restaurant has teamed up with the Footlight Players. For just under $60 per person, you can have dinner right before seeing Match (Jan. 30-Feb. 15), Sordid Lives (March 20-April 5), and La Cage aux Folles (May 1-21). For more information, go to www.mccradysrestaurant.com.