In Short: ‘Shadowman,’ ‘Carmilla’ and a Save the Bakery benefit show

‘Shadowman’ returns to Capitol Center Theater

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents the Dan Kehde play, “Shadowman, The Curious Redemption of Jeremiah Fleetwood” Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and August 17, 18 and 19 beginning at 8 p.m. each night at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theater, located at 123 Summers Street in Charleston. Adult themed and not suitable for children, the play centers around the sin and redemption of a convicted rapist Jeremiah Fleetwood as he returns to his home town after fifteen years in prison. Hired as counter man in the local pornography shop, Fleetwood confronts his victim, his former friends and the town sheriff before discovering that his only possible act of redemption is even more heinous than his original crime. A revised version of the original play first staged in 2009, the production features the talents of veteran actors Nik Tidquist, Haley Lambert, Kim Waybright, Leah Draper, Brett Smith, Matt Connelly, Logan Umlor, Rubin Shirley and Blaize Hurlbutt. Tickets, available at the door the evenings of the performances, are $8 for students and $15 for adults. Call 342-6522 for group rates and advanced reservations.

‘Carmilla’ comes to Alban Arts Center

Astral Theatre Collective will join forces once again with Crooked Letter Creative to bring “Carmilla” to the Alban Arts Center, located at 65 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans this Friday and Saturday as well as August 18 and 19, with performances beginning at 8 p.m. each night. Based on the Gothic horror classic by J. Sheridan LeFanu, “Carmilla” is the story of a young woman who becomes the prey of a vampire, as the audience wonders if she’ll survive. Tickets are $15 for all seats and can be purchased online at www.ticketpeak.com/res/albanarts. For more information call the theater at 304-727-6948.

Save the Bakery benefit show

The first of several planned Save The Bakery benefit shows will take place beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Empty Glass, located at 410 Elizabeth Street. Proceeds will go directly to fund repairs at the 100-year-old former Purity Bread factory on the edge of Charleston’s West Side, which provides rehearsal space for a number of local bands as well as studio space for artists and others. Admission is a minimum donation of $7 per person. The event will include performances by No Pretty Pictures, Meet Me in the Matinee, Hurl Brickbat and Rodney & The Cressles. For more information visit www.facebook.com/Theemptyglass/.

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