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A recent tweet by Carrie Preston alerted us to a wonderful opportunity for some of Michael Emerson’s and Carrie Preston’s fans to watch this wonderful theatre couple performing.

For additional information on how to obtain tickets, click here.

And, the price is right, too. It’s just $25.00, plus $2.37 fee.

by Erica Jackson

Charlestonians love a good celebrity sighting. After Saturday night’s event at the Dock Street Theatre, we should be set for a few weeks at least. Husband-and-wife duo Michael Emerson of ABC’s Lost and Carrie Preston of HBO’s True Blood appeared at the Charleston Stage fundraiser, performing a reading of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, followed by a brief but intimate Q&A session.

Preston is the pair’s Charleston connection. The actress, who’s also appeared in movies like Duplicity and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, briefly attended the College of Charleston and played Anne Frank in Charleston Stage’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank in 1986. “I found a home here,” Preston said, gesturing at the Dock Street stage where she’d performed years before. “I treasure this as one of my favorite things that happened when I lived here.”

Before the show, guests mingled in the Dock Street’s lobby and courtyard, sipping spiked lemonade cocktails. The reception began around dinner time, resulting in a very hungry crowd — they swarmed like locusts around the trays of hors d’oeuvres, wiping them out within seconds. During the performance, growling stomachs distracted an otherwise captive audience.

Emerson and Preston entered the stage hand in hand, then sat with their scripts at large desks on opposite sides. They went on to give an amusing and emotional reading of Gurney’s play, which explores the relationship between one couple through their letters, which span nearly half a century.

After the show, the pair took a seat with Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark. Gushing fans asked weighty questions (like what would happen if the cast of True Blood landed on the Lost island), and the couple happily filled us in. They talked about watching each other on TV — Emerson has a crush on Preston’s True Blood character, Arlene. “I’m fascinated by this other woman she becomes, this trashy redhead,” he said. Preston, on the other hand, admitted to being a little scared of Emerson’s villainous Lost character, Ben Linus. “I’ve said to him, ‘Don’t ever look at me like that,’” she said.

SOURCE: Charlton City Paper

Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director, leads the question and answer session with the audience and stars Michael Emerson of LOST and Carrie Preston of TRUE BLOOD after a staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. In this photo Carrie Preston describes the moment she met Michael Emerson and how she was captivated by him. The couple are married in real life.

 Charleston Stage celebrated their return to the newly renovated Dock Street Theater with a star-studded Summer Soiree on Friday, July 31. Actress Carrie Preston, of HBO’S hit series True Blood, andEmmy Award-winning actor Michael Emerson, of ABC’s LOST, guest starred in a staged reading ofA.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, and Charlestonians flocked to the striking venue before the show to sip blueberry vodka lemonade and enjoy delicious prosciutto and melon skewers.

 The crowd was buzzing in anticipation of the night’s show, and they were certainly not disappointed. Preston and Emerson delivered a stirring, captivating performance of Gurney’s tale of a complicated lifelong love, and received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the house. “That was amazing. My eyes welled up!” one man confessed at the after-party.

 Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark directed a question and answer session with the stars after the reading, and then Preston and Emerson joined their fans and Charleston Stage board members at an exclusive after-party at the gorgeous Meeting Street home of John Dewberry. In between nibbling savory bites, such as scallop ceviche and braised short rib, guests got their chance to speak with the personable, charming actors, and more than a few aspiring thespians waited eagerly for their turn to snap a photo, discuss their craft, or recount their favoriteLOST and True Blood moments. The soiree was a fabulous success, and the perfect way to welcome Charleston Stage back to their historic theater.

 Charleston Stage is South Carolina’s largest professional theater company. Founded in 1978 by current Producing Artistic Director Julian Wiles, Charleston Stage is known for their quality performances as well as their commitment to arts education and premiering new works.

 Click Here to visit Charleston Magazine’s Party Scene Blog and view photos from the Soiree!

 Source: Charlton Stage

Larger version of the photo is located here.

Marybeth Clark, Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, and Julian Wiles/Photographer: Reese Moore

Charleston Stage presented A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, guest starring Carrie Preston of “True Blood” and Michael Emerson of “Lost”, at the Dock Street Theater on July 31.

Charleston Stage celebrated their return to the newly renovated Dock Street Theater with a star-studded Summer Soiree on Friday, July 31. Actress Carrie Preston, of HBO’S hit series True Blood, and Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Emerson, of ABC’s LOST, guest starred in a staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, and Charlestonians flocked to the striking venue before the show to sip blueberry vodka lemonade and enjoy delicious prosciutto and melon skewers.

The crowd was buzzing in anticipation of the night’s show, and they were certainly not disappointed. Preston and Emerson delivered a stirring, captivating performance of Gurney’s tale of a complicated lifelong love, and received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the house. “That was amazing. My eyes welled up!” one man confessed at the after-party.

Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark directed a question and answer session with the stars after the reading, and then Preston and Emerson joined their fans and Charleston Stage board members at an exclusive after-party at the gorgeous Meeting Street home of John Dewberry. In between nibbling savory bites, such as scallop ceviche and braised short rib, guests got their chance to speak with the personable, charming actors, and more than a few aspiring thespians waited eagerly for their turn to snap a photo, discuss their craft, or recount their favorite LOST and True Blood moments. The soiree was a fabulous success, and the perfect way to welcome Charleston Stage back to their historic theater.

Charleston Stage is South Carolina’s largest professional theater company. Founded in 1978 by current Producing Artistic Director Julian Wiles, Charleston Stage is known for their quality performances as well as their commitment to arts education and premiering new works.

Source: Charleston Magazine

Larger version of the photo is located here.

By Bill Thompson
The Post and Courier
Sunday, July 25, 2010

Successful marriages are not unlike a canny approach to acting: Celebrate the triumphs with a becoming grace and treat all disasters as incidents (but none of the incidents as disasters).

Carrie Preston and Michael Emerson seem to have a handle on what works.

Stars of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Lost,” respectively, they met 15 years ago while doing “Hamlet” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and have performed in the same productions on several occasions.

If you go

WHAT: Charleston Stage’s Sizzling Summer Soiree.

STARRING: Carrie Preston and Michael Emerson.

WHEN: Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Dock Street Theatre.

TICKETS: Regular seats are $125 for adults and $50 for students; premium seats are $250 per person, and sponsor boxes are $5,000.

CONTACT: 577-7183 or charlestonstage.com.

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