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Centre Stage presents 'The Elephant in My Closet'

Greenville natives David Lee Nelson (writer/performer) and Adam Knight (director) bring their new solo show, The Elephant in My Closet, to Centre Stage this week.

The Elephant in My Closet plays at Centre Stage this week.
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The show is described as "a new comedy about the Republican Party and how to come out of the closet to your a Democrat."

A hit at Piccolo Spoleto, the Charleston City Paper says "Nelson’s earnest, thoughtful, and mostly balanced approach to the wild world of politics make this show accessible to anyone."

The show runs Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 864-233-6733 for reservations.

Here's more from the press release:

Nelson has performed his work in New York and further afield. He’s been called “EXTRAORDINARY” (London Times), “UNLIKE ANY COMIC I’VE SEEN.” (Charleston Post and Courier), “TREMENDOUSLY ENDEARING, PAINFULLY FUNNY, NOT TO BE MISSED” (Charleston City Paper), and “LIKE A YOUNG ANDY KAUFMAN” (Dallas Magazine).

In this new monologue that’s perfect for election season, Nelson focuses his trademark wit on the history of the Grand Old Party as he recounts his own journey from a twenty-two year old die-hard conservative Shakespearean actor to a thirty-three year old liberal. All while trying to summon the courage to “come out of the closet” to his diehard Republican father – as a Democrat!

“My dad and I have always been very close,” said Nelson from his apartment in Brooklyn, NY, “but it’s a delicate thing to tell someone you’re a Democrat when they think ESPN is too liberal.”

The show’s co-creator Adam Knight runs Slant Theatre Project in New York City. He has worked at the Folger Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, and the Lee Strasberg Institute, and directed “The 13th of Paris” at the Warehouse Theatre in 2010.

This show is the third solo piece from Knight and Nelson. Their last piece, David Lee Nelson...Status Update, also premiered at Piccolo Spoleto, and toured to 59E59 in New York City, The Watertower Theatre in Dallas, TX, the Warehouse Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. The show was named Top Touring Show of 2010/2011 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics – cited alongsideYoung Frankenstein and Billy Elliot!

How do the two long-time friends describe their process? According to Nelson, “I write about my life, try to make it funny and interesting. Then I bring it to Adam, and he makes it a play.


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