Welcome to our 2016-17 season! I’m delighted to be taking a new role this year as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and Artistic Director for Theatre South Carolina. It’s no mean feat to follow in the footsteps of those who have come before me, but I’m dedicated to upholding our longstanding reputation for excellence in artistic quality and professional training. I truly look forward to playing my part to bring you stories that provoke change and serve to encourage and enlighten the next generation of theatre makers and patrons. The four shows that will be produced on our main stages this year all have a similar quality — each, in its own way, uses the theatre as the device by which stories of transformation are told. From the play-within-a-play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the motley band of inexperienced (and slightly unbalanced) players in Così; from the civilization-changing performance of the television show The Simpsons in Mr. Burns to Animal Farm’s use of the stage to bring a classic allegory to life; this season really is a love letter to the awesome power of the theatre. And that’s just what’s planned for Drayton Hall and Longstreet Theatres! Our Lab Theatre and Center for Performance Experiment series are also filled to the brim with stories that will make you think, listen, feel, question, challenge, empathize, and change together. Take a look at all we’ve got in store in this brochure, and be a part of a season that is graphic and eloquent, visceral and articulate, provocative and celebratory.
Robert Richmond Artistic Director Department Chair
To purchase Main Stage tickets, call 803-777-2551. Or, purchase in person at Longstreet Theatre. Box office hours: Monday through Friday, 12:30pm - 5:30pm. Box office opens one week prior to each production run.
Theatre Locations Longstreet Theatre | 1300 Greene St Drayton Hall Theatre | 1214 College St. Lab Theatre | 1400 Wheat St. Center for Performance Experiment | 718 Devine St.
TICKET INFO MAIN STAGE TICKET PRICES Student USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors 60+ General Public
*Subscriber Prices include four tickets to use throughout the Main Stage season (Lab Theatre and CPE productions excluded). To subscribe, complete and return the form at the back of this brochure, or visit artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea to download a form.
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Receives invitations for 2 to all preview performances and receptions, 2 complimentary tickets for all main stage shows to use yourself or give as gifts, pair of passes for all Lab shows and program recognition.
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SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 8 DRAYTON HALL THEATRE
Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Robert Richmond “I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” So says the hapless actor Bottom after enduring his famously ridiculous transformation in Shakespeare’s timeless tale of magic, mix-ups and mayhem. When four young lovers and a group of roaming actors wander through an enchanted wood, they find themselves entangled by the mischievous whims of a band of powerful fairies with a wicked sense of humor. As they struggle to make sense of the fairies’ otherworldly influence, we, the audience, are reminded just “what fools these mortals be!”
SHOW TIMES Sept. 30: 8pm Oct. 1: 8pm
Oct. 2: 3pm Oct. 5: 8pm
Poster design by Neda Spalajkovic
Oct. 6: 8pm Oct. 7: 8pm
Oct. 8: 3pm Oct. 8: 8pm
NOVEMBER 11-19 LONGSTREET THEATRE
Written by Louis Nowra Directed by Steve Pearson In the shadow of the Vietnam War, a young Australian director lands a job handling a group of inexperienced but colorful performers... in a mental institution. Against surprising and touching odds, a motley band of players emerges ready to perform Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte. But can they sing? And who speaks Italian? A madcap look at theatre behind the scenes, Così is ultimately a fresh, startling play about personal dreams, madness, ambition, disappointment, creativity and transformation. “…a hoot from start to finish.” -- The Daily Express
SHOW TIMES Nov. 11: 8pm Nov. 12: 8pm
Nov. 13: 3pm Nov. 16: 8pm
Poster design by Tamara Joksimovic
Nov. 17: 8pm Nov. 18: 8pm
Nov. 19: 3pm Nov. 19: 8pm
FEBRUARY 17-25 LONGSTREET THEATRE
Written by Anne Washburn Score by Michael Friedman Lyrics by Anne Washburn Directed by Jeremy Skidmore As we enter the world of Anne Washburn’s ingenious dark comedy, a group of survivors of a near-future global apocalypse has gathered around a campfire to piece together an episode of the television show The Simpsons from memory. As time passes, their fireside recollections evolve beyond mere touchstones of the past they remember to become the grand mythology of a new civilization. “Downright brilliant…makes a case for theatre as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” – The New York Times
SHOW TIMES Feb. 17: 8pm Feb. 18: 8pm
Feb. 19: 3pm Feb. 22: 8pm
Poster design by Neda Spalajkovic
Feb. 23: 8pm Feb. 24: 8pm
Feb. 25: 3pm Feb. 25: 8pm
APRIL 14-22 DRAYTON HALL THEATRE
Adapted by Peter Hall Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell Music by Richard Peaslee Directed by Stan Brown Sir Peter Hall’s much-acclaimed musical adaptation brings George Orwell’s dystopian allegory of totalitarian society brilliantly to the stage. As in the classic novel, the animals of Manor Farm band together to overthrow their two-legged masters, and create a world where “all animals are equal.” Their utopia is short-lived, however, as a group of pigs conspire to prove that “some are more equal than others.” “…filled with insights that remain sadly current… A tribute to the enduring power of a noble work.” -- The New York Times
Please note there will not be a Sunday 3pm performance for this production.
Apr. 14: 8pm Apr. 15: 8pm
Apr. 21: 8pm Apr. 22: 3pm
Apr. 19: 8pm Apr. 20: 8pm
Poster design by Tamara Joksimovic
Apr. 22: 8pm
October 8-12 Directed by Robert Richmond & The Company When the sky-high career of an ace fighter pilot is ended early due to an unexpected pregnancy, she is reassigned to operate military drones, hunting terrorists by day in a drab Las Vegas trailer, and returning to her family each night. Her sense of reality becomes blurred as she struggles to reconcile her new home life with the pressures of waging a war half a world away. “Thought provoking, thoroughly engrossing… pulses with the rhythms of an epic war poem.” – TheatreMania
Lab Theatre artwork by Ryan Arambula
LAB THEATRE | 2016-2017
Contains intense adult themes and strong language. Not suitable for children.
A delightful midwinter night’s dream! As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of a mythical Maine town called Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Through a series of nine variously heartbreaking and heartwarming vignettes, playwright John Cariani explores how we all strive to find love…almost. “A charmer… John Cariani aims for the heart by way of the funny bone.” — Star-Ledger
Written by John Cariani
Directed by David Britt
February 23-26 Written & Directed by Ryan Stevens
Old West-style mayhem merges with music -- and Mexican wrestling-in this outlandish original comedy, which pits upstanding US Marshall Roberta Weiss against Billie Baxter, a notorious outlaw whose gang has wreaked havoc in a small, Midwestern town. You don’t want to miss the chance to see this world-premiere original, written and directed by second-year graduate student Ryan Stevens!
EUGENE IONESCO BY ANTI-PLAY Ionesco’s influential 1950 “anti-play” is widely considered a masterpiece of The Theatre of the Absurd. Originally inspired by the random phrases the playwright encountered as he took a course to learn English, Ionesco’s hilarious script invites us to a disastrous dinner party in which proper men and women lose the power to communicate, leading to a total collapse of language itself. “…explosively, liberatingly funny ... a loony parody with a climax which is an orgy of non-sequiturs.” – The Observer
Directed by Lindsay Rae Taylor
CENTER FOR PERFORMANCE EXPERIMENT
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Away by Michael Gow
Directed by Steve Pearson Sept. 22-24: 8pm | Sept. 25: 3pm One of the most widely-produced Australian plays of all time, Away is the story of three Australian families, each on holiday in Christmas 1967 as a remedy to personal crises, whose story threads eventually interconnect to form a story about human responses to death, racism, class, and relationships.
No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre Directed by Josh Jeffers Nov. 2-4: 8pm | Nov. 5: 3pm & 8pm Third-year MFA candidate Josh Jeffers directs Sartre’s landmark existentialist story about 3 deceased people in Hell, locked in a room together for eternity.
Created and Directed by Robyn Hunt Dec. 2: 4pm & 5:30pm Clearing is an original slow tempo work by Professor Robyn Hunt, inspired by the creations of pioneering Japanese playwright/director Shogo Ohta.
Conceived and Directed by Steve Pearson Written by Robyn Hunt Feb. 19-23: 8pm | Feb. 24: 5:30pm & 8:30pm | Feb. 25: 8pm Through inventive choreography and scenic design, Balance takes a fresh and whimsical look at the fates of Anton Chekhov’s beloved characters Olga, Masha, and Irina in the years following their appearance in Three Sisters.
April 24 & April 26
New Dances & Shakespeare Play (Title TBA) Apr. 24: 3:30pm (Dance) & 7pm (Shakespeare) Apr. 26: 3:30pm (Shakespeare) & 7pm (Dance) Our MFA actors will present, in repertory, original choreography and one of Shakespeare’s master works!
Location: 718 Devine St. Tickets available only at the door. Check website for more info. Photo by Alexandra Herstik
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