PURE Theatre Announces World Premiere of A Hidden Life by Randy Neale

CHARLESTON, SC - PURE Theatre is kicking off their 20th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of A Hidden Life by Randy Neale. The show will run for four weeks with 15 performances at the Cannon Street Arts Center, starting August 18 and ending September 10.

“A Hidden Life is a fiction based on actual events in the life of a real person, Adrienne
Laframbois Filion Lavoie” says playwright and PURE Core Ensemble member Randy Neale. “I will leave it to the audience to decide which events in this play really happened. Like all writers, I often lose track of whether I am remembering real events, exaggerations or mythologies, but I can tell you that the woman in this play was just what you see: an immigrant, a survivor, and the matriarch of a family that will reflect her strength for generations.”

The cast features PURE Core Ensemble members Emily Wilhoit and Camille Lowman along with the nationally renowned LeeAnne Hutchison and PURE legacy Alexa Kennedy Smith.

Randy Neale is a playwright, director and actor who has been with PURE and a member of PURE’s Core Ensemble since 2006. Among his writing credits are Last Rites (World Premiere PURE Theatre, August 2019) and The Fool’s Lear, which debuted at PURE in 2011. His published plays can be found at theplaysthething.info.

Tickets range from $30 - $45. There will be two Pay What You Will Performances on August 18 and 24. The show will be live streamed for all performances on September 9 and 10. A Hidden Life is also available through the All-Access Flex Pass, giving you tickets and reserved seats to every show along with a host of other benefits.

Additional information about A Hidden Life and the All-Access Flex Pass can be found on PURE’s website at puretheatre.org or by calling the box office at 843.723.4444 (Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm).

PURE Theatre is a professional regional theatre in Charleston that creates consequential theatre experiences by and for a diverse gathering of artists and audiences. PURE produces work that inspires thought, ignites dialogue, and heightens consciousness, and contributes to the urgent exchange of ideas, viewpoints, aspirations, and inspirations of our community.

PURE’s staff includes Sharon Graci (Co-founder and Executive and Artistic Director), Rodney Lee Rogers (Co-founder and Director of New Media and Education), David Mandel (Associate Artistic Director), Joy Vandervort-Cobb (Associate Artistic Director), Richard Heffner (Technical Director) and Meagan McMahon (Patron Experience Manager and Marketing Manager).

Serving on PURE Theatre’s board of directors are Michael Culler (President), Peter Calcagno (Treasurer), Chris Burgess (Secretary), Amy Gaffney, Bridget Durkan Laird, David Smalls, Brad Erickson, Elizabeth Cooke Elsner, and Drew Childers.


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