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From left, Rocco Thompson, Anne Reid, Brittany Price Anderson and Jake Mesches
From left, Rocco Thompson, Anne Reid, Brittany Price Anderson and Jake Mesches in “The Book of Liz.”

Lab Theatre gets ‘Squeamish’ with ‘The Book of Liz'

Cheeseballs, flamboyant waiters, a giant peanut and a llama are parts of the fabric of the outrageous comedy, “The Book of Liz,” to be performed by the University of South Carolina’s department of theatre and dance in the Lab Theatre Oct. 22 – 25.

Curtain times are 8 p.m., and tickets are $5, available only at the door of the theater, located in the Booker T. Washington building on Wheat Street.

Graduate student Jennifer Goff will direct the production of the play, written by humorists David and Amy Sedaris, creators of “The Santaland Diaries” and “Strangers With Candy.” She is a founding member of The Distracted Globe Theatre Company of Greenville, where she directed Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” this past summer.

The story centers on Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, the brains behind the famed Cluster Haven Cheeseballs, the main export of a small Squeamish community in rural Pennsylvania. But when her quiet little world starts closing in around her, she sets off on a journey of self-discovery.

Anne Reid plays Sister Donderstock, and fellow undergraduates Rocco Thompson, Brittany Price Anderson and Jake Mesches combine to portray 15 characters in the fast-paced romp.

“Leave it to the Sedaris family to cram so much into such a short evening of theatre!” Goff said. “It’s a one-act, but it has so much going on. It’s been a really great challenge for me and for the undergrad actors to be able to wrap our minds around these larger-than-life characters. And I’m pretty sure we’ll never look at cheeseballs the same way again.”

For more information on this production of the Lab Theatre at the University of South Carolina, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 10/12/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/12/09 @ 11:51 AM | Permalink

'The Book of Liz'

  • What: Outrageous comedy to be performed by members of department of theatre and dance
  • When: Oct. 22 – 25, 8 p.m. each night
  • Where: Lab Theatre on Wheat Street

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