* indicates regional or world premiere production
2017 - 2018
Our 8th season was filled with both extremely experimental new works along with the growth of our popular new WIP Piano Bar Series. Thanks to a visit from another hateful hurricane, Irma put a damper on the opening of our eighth season pushing us to the challenge of opening two shows in the same month in December. It was also a banner year for What If? Collective Members Brian Porter and Becca Anderson who were voted by Charleston City Papers as Best Local Actor and Actress for the Best of Awards along with our 2017 Piccolo production of Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche, again winning Best Piccolo/Spoleto show of the year.
Feathers & Teeth by Charise Castro Smith *
WIP Piano Bar Series: Holiday Mixtape *
WIP Piano Bar Series: Sondheim Nights *
Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner
WIP Piano Bar Series: A Raisin in the Oatmeal *
WIP Piano Bar Series: Sondheim Nights
Season 7 started off bloody and stormy with the wildly successful regional premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical which was postponed due to a visit from Hurricane Matthew. We followed up that behemoth with one of our most ambition projects to date, staging Peter Shaffer's epic Amadeus inside a little black box theatre. Charleston favorite Brian Porter, with an assist with What If? regulars Becca Anderson and Brannen Daugherty, kicked off our new Piano Bar Series with a collection of sold out show. Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche made a triumphant, sold out return to Piccolo Spoleto and we ended the season with the world premiere of Julie Zaffarano's Play Fest winner The PlayMakers.
Evil Dead: The Musical by George Reinblatt
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
WIP Piano Bar Series: An Evening With Brian Porter *
WIP Piano Bar Series: Peggy Lewis' American Songbook
The PlayMakers by Julie Zaffarano *
Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hogbood
Season 6 kicked off with a tribute to our theatre company’s muse and inspiration with a production of Christopher Durang’s landmark absurdist comedy Baby With the Bathwater followed by one of our most ambitious and daring works to date, a gloomy and sexy version of the musical Cabaret. The spring brought the regional premiere of the metaphysical puzzle box that was Roger&Tom and we ended with the world premiere of last year’s Best New Work, Theroun Patterson’s blood bath The Cannibals at this year’s Playwrights Festival.
Baby With the Bathwater by Christopher Durang
Cabaret by Kander and Ebb and Christopher Isherwood
Roger&Tom by Julien Schwab *
The Cannibals by Theroun Patterson *
Our dark and stormy season 5 kicked off with a remount of our Piccolo hit Kate & Sam Are Not Breaking Up (our third production of our sister theatre The New Colony's original works) followed by the domestic abuse tragic/comedy The Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife with playwright Del Shores in the audience. February welcomed the regional premiere of our highly acclaimed murder musical Thrill Me:The Leopold & Loeb Story with the world premiere of 2014 Play Fest winner, Irene Pynn's How to Field Dress an Android capping off the season in July.
Kate & Sam Are Not Breaking Up by Joel Kim Booster
The Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife by Del Shores *
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story by Stephen Dolginoff *
How to Field Dress an Android by Irene Pynn *
Piccolo Show: Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
Season 4 welcomed an eclectic group of quirkier shows starting off with Kimberly Akimbo and the infamous Dungeons and Dragons game scene followed by a holiday revival of our beloved Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche featuring returning original ladysisters Beth Curley, Becca Anderson and Andrea McGinn. Winter 2014 welcomed the epic space murder mystery musical Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens at The American Theatre followed by the world premiere of 2013 Play Fest winner Accepting Applications for a Muse.
Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire
Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens by Michael Fidler and Charlotte Mann *
Accepting Applications for a Muse by Brian Burke Jones *
Piccolo Show: Kate & Sam Are Not Breaking Up by Joel Kim Booster *
We jumped right into the ick-factor of controversy with our Season 3 selections kicking it off with the trippy and spooky Pascal family in The House of Yes. And if that wasn't enough to make audiences squirm, What If? Collective members Kyle Barnette and Beth Curley added to the shock value by taking family love to the next level with the East Coast premiere of Hearts Full of Blood. Our minimalist, new wave 80's-themed Little Shop of Horrors wowed audiences at The American Theatre and our first Playwrights Festival winner The Practice Child made its world premiere in July 2013.
The House of Yes by Wendy Macleod
Hearts Full of Blood by James Asmus *
Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
The Practice Child by Tyler Stuart *
Piccolo Show: Hearts Full of Blood
Season 2 was an odd season of transition for What If? as we solidified a permanent home which eventually became 84 1/2 Society Street. We started off the season at Theatre 99 with a wild ride through the absurd world of Christopher Durang one acts in Durang, Durang and Durang. It was later that year we unleashed the comedy phenomenon known as Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche upon Charleston which was so popular we brought it back immediately for a highly acclaimed sold out Piccolo Spoleto run. This season also was the first to welcome the Playwrights Festival in the summer of 2012 which has now become a Charleston theatre staple.
Durang, Durang and Durang by Christopher Durang
Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood *
First annual Playwrights Festival debuted July 2012
Piccolo Show: Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche
Ah Season 1...it seems like years ago and we were only babes in the woods, but we were sure to make a statement about who What If? was and what we were about. Hedwig & the Angry Inch was our inaugural show, putting What If? on the Charleston theatre radar as a force to be reckoned with. This experimental first season also included the brutal Neil LaBute piece Bash: Latterday Plays and saw What If? already toying with the beginnings of a playwrights festival by producing then What If? Musical Director Alex Hennessey's oringial operetta The Oath before bringing back Hedwig for a widely acclaimed Piccolo revival.
Hedwig & the Angry Inch By John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask
Bash: Latterday Plays by Neil LaBute
The Oath by Alex Hennessey *
Piccolo Show: Hedwig & the Angry Inch