Hello, Threshold patrons! Thank you all so much for supporting our successful, game changing Season 7. Our next Season continues to raise the bar for entertaining and challenging quality theatre. This eclectic line-up includes a new comedy, a modern classic, a new adaptation of a literary icon and a dark comedy Broadway hit. I have invited some of Charleston’s most respected, creative and talented directors to help me bring to life what promises to be our most anticipated season yet. Trust me when I say Season 8 is not to be missed!
Threshold Repertory Theatre
RIPCORD by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Mary Cimino
Sept. 28 - Oct. 15
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden
THE ELEPHANT MAN by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Jay Danner
Nov. 2 - 19
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in travelling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other. Winner of numerous Tony Awards, including Best Play.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Andrea Catangay
Feb. 8 - Mar. 4
A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins
Directed by Erin Wilson
Apr. 19 - May 6
After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.