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Quilting the Sun at ARTworks
Natalie Daise in Quilting the Sun, photo by Richard Darby

2012 Theater Season tickets from ARTworks are an $82 value for $55— and the sugar plum on top is that each purchase shows community support for community theater.

This black box theater, in Beaufort Town Center SC, has presented Steel Magnolias and Painted Alice, Our Town, The Dining Room, and Quilting the Sun— new for 2012 are season tickets: two staged readings followed by discussions, and four fully staged productions. Shoppers can purchase the tickets online and choose their own seats at, or call 843-379-2787 for the arts office. Season tickets help support ARTworks' commitment to accessible community arts. 

February 10 & 11:"The Exonerated" a staged reading from Misspent Youth Productions. Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, "The Exonerated" tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. 

February 17 & 18: a staged reading of "The Pillowman" from the Palmetto Theater Experiment. With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, "The Pillowman" centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. 

March 22-25 & 29-April 1: "Catholic School Girls" from Misspent Youth Productions. In this satire of Catholic school life in the 1960s, four actresses to play the nuns and the first through eighth grade girls at St. George's School in Yonkers.

May 31-June 3 & 7-10: "Picasso At The Lapin Agile" by Steve Martin, from the Palmetto Theater Experiment. This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

September 6-9 and 13-16: "W;T" by Margaret Edson, from Misspent Youth Productions. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. 

November 8-11 & 15-18: "The Misanthrope" by Molière, from the Palmetto Theater Experiment. What's worse than being the only (self-proclaimed) honest man in a world of liars, gossips, and fools? Being head-over-heels in love with the chief offender among them. 

Tickets to staged readings are $7, full productions are $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. 

ARTworks is the coolest arts council in the Carolinas, and a community arts center that applies the many creative tools of The Arts to strengthen artists, and enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year. 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort SC 29902. 

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