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Productions

Our students shine on stage and behind the scenes. Come see the many ways that the university's theatre and dance performances enhance the arts scene in Columbia, South Carolina and the Midlands.

2023-2024 Theatre Season

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside School  

October 6-14, 2023

From Louis Sachar's Wayside School Novels
Adapted for the stage by John Olive

Directed by Ilene Fins

Drayton Hall Theatre

Things are always a bit wonky at the 30-story Wayside Elementary – the building’s only one classroom wide, for starters, and its 19th floor has mysteriously ceased to exist. It’s in mean Mrs. Gorf’s top-floor class, however, where things have gone completely sideways. Known for punishing students by magically turning them into apples, she finds herself the victim of her own spell and soon becomes lunch for a hungry, passing teacher!  Based on Louis Sachar’s best-selling children’s books, Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a wild, wacky adventure full of fun and surprises, with some valuable lessons to share along the way.

10 Minute Play Festival

10 Minute Play Festival

November 3-6, 2023

Directed by Theatre Performance Faculty

Lab Theatre

Enjoy a fast-paced evening of laughter, heartbreak and everything in between as we present a collection of 10-minute plays, each directed by a different member of our theatre performance faculty. “A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn’t last long, but its power can stand your hair on end.” (Take Ten, Vintage Books)

The Legend of Georgia McBride

The Legend of Georgia McBride

November 10-17, 2023

Written by Matthew López
Directed by Jessica Francis Fichter

Longstreet Theatre

Life’s been “all shook up” for Casey, an aspiring Elvis impersonator struggling to make it in showbiz.  He’s broke, facing eviction, and just found out his wife is pregnant. To make matters worse, he’s about to lose his only gig at a local dive bar to a much more successful drag act. The only way he can survive? Ditch “The King” and learn to embrace his inner Queen! Tony®-winning playwright Matthew Lopez’s hit Off-Broadway comedy is a glittering, music-filled story of identity and acceptance, described as “stitch-in-your-side funny” (The New York Times) and “a glorious tribute to the art of drag” (Variety). Contains adult themes and language.

Language of Angels

Language of Angels

February 15-18, 2024

Written by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Abigail Lee McNeely

Lab Theatre

Set in the hills of Appalachia, Language of Angels is a haunting, modern-day folk tale that takes us into the liminal space between life and death, past and present. Acclaimed playwright Naomi Iizuka (Polaroid Stories) poetically weaves together the individual remembrances of a group of friends whose lives and tragic fates have become inextricably linked to the mysterious disappearance of their friend, Celie, years prior. “With Language of Angels, Iizuka has created a Rashomon-like meditation on the nature of memory, grief and passing time.” – Seattle Times.  Contains adult themes and language.

 

A Raisin in the Sun

February 23 - March 1, 2024

Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Ron Himes

Longstreet Theatre

Langston Hughes wrote, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking masterpiece has pondered that question on stages worldwide since its debut in 1959 and is still as vital and compelling today. The divergent dreams of the three generations of an African-American family, living together in a small apartment on Chicago’s South Side, begin to clash when a large insurance settlement arrives in the mail. Tensions increase as their individual aspirations to make a better life are tested by an outside world of racism and economic discrimination, threatening to rip apart their family forever. “Never before, in the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of Black people’s lives been seen on the stage.” -- James Baldwin

 

The Visit

The Visit

April 5-12, 2024

Written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Translated by Maurice Valency
Directed by Craig Miller

Profound questions of class, greed, and ethics infuse Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s classic tragicomedy, The Visit. When one of the world’s wealthiest women makes a long-awaited return to her impoverished hometown, she arrives with a vindictive agenda and a devil’s bargain – she’ll gift the town an extravagant fortune in exchange for the life of the man who abandoned her decades before.  What follows is an epic test of the town’s moral fortitude and an unsparing, darkly comic look at the easy corruptibility of justice. "A devastating drama." - The New York Times

 


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