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Announcing our 2021-2022 Theatre Season

Since February, the Department of Theatre and Dance has been slowly and carefully opening up our venues for in-person performances.  Now, as we look forward to what appears to be some light at the end of this very challenging past year, we are thrilled to be able to announce our plans for a full season of live theatre in 2021-2022!  While we still don’t know what the public health requirements will be when the fall semester starts, we will continue to move cautiously toward a time when we can fill every seat at every outstanding show!

Look for more information soon about reserving tickets and becoming a season subscriber.  Until then, mark your calendars for an exciting new season of University of South Carolina Theatre and Dance!


October 15-22, 2021  


by Neil Simon
Directed by David Britt
Drayton Hall Theatre

At a large, tastefully-appointed townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples gathering to celebrate the mayor's wedding anniversary are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. As the host lies bleeding in the other room, with his wife nowhere in sight, his lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
“Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh.” – The New York Times 

October 28-31, 2021

Scenes From Metamorphoses

by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Tiffani Hagan
Lab Theatre

Scenes from Metamorphoses is based on thousands-year-old stories presented in vignettes. Both presentational and representational in style, the show features many of the characters who are familiar to audiences from common myths and legends including King Midas, Eurydice, Zeus, Orpheus, and Aphrodite.

"Mary Zimmerman's lovely, deeply affecting work...recaptures the primal allure of the theater... It shows that theater can provide not just escape but sometimes a glimpse of the divine." — Time

November 12-19, 2021

Tiny Beautiful Things

Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos

Directed by Cat Thomas
Longstreet Theatre

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar” was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.

Tiny Beautiful Things is about the endangered art of listening to – and really hearing and responding to – other people…it works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy.” – The New York Times

February 25 - March 4, 2022

These Shining Lives

by Melanie Marnich
Director TBA
Longstreet Theatre

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.  

“Perfect, touching and wistful…beautifully tragic.” — Talkin’ Broadway

March 24-27, 2022

This is Our Youth

by Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by John Reynolds
Lab Theatre

In meticulous, hilarious, and agonizing detail, This is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era: Warren Straub, a dejected nineteen-year-old who steals fifteen thousand dollars from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic, domineering, drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for. Funny, painful, and compassionate, This is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers—ideas and techniques far more sophisticated than their parents ever realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.
“...a rambunctious and witty play about wayward teenagers and post-adolescents that doesn’t turn youthful travails into plastic rap…" — The New York Times 

April 8-15, 2022

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare
Director TBA
Drayton Hall Theatre

“Never was a story of more woe” than Shakespeare’s timeless tale of the “star cross’d lovers” Romeo and Juliet.  Fiery passions lead to fateful outcomes as two impetuous teenagers become romantically involved even as their feuding families wage a bloody war. As riveting today as when it first appeared in print 425 years ago, Romeo and Juliet is a story of love, intrigue and danger that will leave you breathless until its shockingly tragic end.



Dates, titles and locations subject to change.

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