"Flight" to be relaunched May 27 - 30
The University's Department of Theatre and Dance and Pacific Performance Project/east will present the original play Flight by professors Steven Pearson and Robyn Hunt at 8 p.m. May 27 - 30 at Longstreet Theatre.
Regular-price tickets are $10; discounted $7 tickets are available for students and seniors over 60. Tickets are available at the door. Longstreet Theatre is located in downtown Columbia at 1300 Greene Street, at the corner of Greene and Sumter streets.
Pearson conceived, and is directing, the production. Text for the play was written by Hunt. Flight is being produced through their performance company Pacific Performance Project/east with support from the USC Arts Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences. The play had workshop performances on campus last fall.
Pearson describes Flight as a "theatrical poem" which explores the thrill and daring of the first women aviators.
The play's narrative follows two daring French actresses who are preparing to make a history-making flight from Paris to Moscow in 1913, a time when, for women, being an actress was considered improper and being an aviator was considered impossible.
Flight had workshop performances at the Center for Performance Experiment at USC's Hamilton Gymnasium in November. Hunt has since done a full rewrite of the text and says collaboration with the actors during the rehearsal process will likely result in even more alterations.
The major set piece of Flight is Pearson's exhaustively-researched recreation of the Bleriot XI monoplane flown by many of aviation's pioneers, which is "flown" during the production. Pearson constructed the 3/4-scale model with assistance from the actors in the production, giving them a unique hands-on feeling for the courage required to fly one of the fragile wooden and canvas planes.
In addition to Hunt, actors returning to the production include graduates of the USC theatre MFA program Jen Burry and Eric Bultman. Also returning are recent theatre program graduate William Shuler and guest Lee Fitzpatrick.
Another MFA graduate, Brian Hanscom, is serving as assistant director and dramaturg for the production.
Costume design is by Lisa Martin-Stuart, head of the costume design track in the theatre program. Lighting design is by Jeremy Winchester, assistant professor of lighting design at the University of Evansville (IN) and frequent collaborator with Pacific Performance Project/east.
By Web Communications