Shakespeare on the Steps

The Charleston Library Society will present a “Shakespeare on the Steps” performance in partnership with the College of Charleston on Sunday, June 9, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., the final day of Piccolo Spoleto. The open-air performance of a selection of abridged works of Shakespeare will help highlight the Charleston Library Society’s Shakespeare collection. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant.

The Charleston Library Society will transform their front steps into a stage for a plein air, abbreviated performance of “In Love and Death”. This noteworthy production represents a continuing collaboration between Charleston Library Society’s Special Collections and Igoe Shakespeare Library and the College of Charleston Theatre and Dance Department.

“In Love and Death” is a dynamic and fast-paced series of scenes from Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and histories.  College of Charleston Professors Paul Rolfes and Evan Parry co-direct this exciting production with a company of outstanding talent from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s past and present.

Shakespeare on the Steps is a walk-up-and-watch performance that is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their own chair. The Charleston Library Society is located at 164 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401. The event will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2024 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The Charleston Library Society is a cultural institution for life-long learning, serving its members, the Lowcountry community and scholars through access to its rich collection of books, historic manuscripts and archival material and programs promoting discussion and understanding of the ideas they contain. Learn more:

The Fast Track Literary Grant opportunity is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. For more information, visit

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.