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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.

2021-2022 Theatre Season

Rumors

Rumors  

October 15-22, 2021
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by David Britt

Drayton Hall Theatre

Sharp-edged wit meets madcap farce in this laugh-out-loud comedy from legendary playwright  Neil Simon.  When the first pair of guests arrive for an anniversary party at the opulent home of Charlie Brock, the Deputy Mayor of New York, they find their host unconscious, shot in the head (well…the ear lobe), and his wife missing.  Wanting to protect Charlie – and themselves – from potential scandal, they fabricate a lie to tell the rapidly-arriving partygoers, setting in motion an ever-more-hilarious series of cover-ups, misunderstandings and mishaps.  

"Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh." - The New York Times

Scenes from Metamorphoses

Scenes from Metamorphoses

October 28-31, 2021
Written by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Tiffani Hagan

Lab Theatre

Hailed in 2002 as “the theatre event of the year” (Time), the award-winning Metamorphoses is a breathtaking fusion of classic and contemporary storytelling, bringing Roman poet Ovid’s timeless myths to dazzlingly theatrical life. Mary Zimmerman’s daring adaptations explore the wide gamut of our universal experience, from love to loss, from joy to despair, connecting all with the idea that nothing in life comes without transformation.  

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

 

Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

November 12-19, 2021
Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos
Directed by Maureen Heffernan

Longstreet Theatre

When she was a struggling writer, author Cheryl Strayed (Wild) spent several years writing an advice column under the pen name “Sugar,” in which she offered up truths on everything from dating to family dysfunction to profound loss.  Originally published as a best-selling book and now adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Tiny Beautiful Things presents Sugar’s unflinching and highly personal takes on dilemmas big and small, in the process giving audiences an uplifting experience that Variety has called “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.”  

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

*Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for all ages.

These Shining Lives

These Shining Lives

February 25 - March 4, 2022
Written by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Ibi Owolabi

Longstreet Theatre

Inspired by actual events, These Shining Lives reaches back almost a century to uncover a harrowing but inspiring history that still has profound resonance to our society today.  Through poetic and powerful language, playwright Melanie Marnich tells the tragic story of women in the 1920s hired to decorate watch faces with glow-in-the-dark, radium-based paint, a substance their employer refers to as “medicinal.”  As they begin developing serious illnesses from radiation exposure, they soon realize the company’s complicity and wage a legal battle to bring it to justice.  The case would go on to have far-reaching consequences on workers’ and womens’ rights in our own time.  

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

This is Our Youth

This is Our Youth

March 24-27, 2022
Written by Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by John Reynolds

Lab Theatre

Three privileged young adults experience 48 eventful hours at the dawn of the materialistic Reagan Era in this hard-hitting drama by Academy Award-winning author Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea). After stealing $15,000 from his tycoon father, 19-year-old Warren turns for help to his slightly older, drug-dealing friend, Dennis.  As they concoct a scheme to buy cocaine with the stolen funds and resell it for profit, Warren falls for fashion student Jessica, threatening both the plan and their lives.  Brutally frank and honest, This is Our Youth is a still-relevant portrayal of young people coming of age in a world they aren’t yet equipped to navigate.

This Is Our Youth is rich and sad and wry in its cruel-to-be-kind portrayal of disillusioned adolescents... How do you put away childish things, it asks, when you aren’t ready to pick up adult ones?”—The Guardian

*Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for all ages.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

April 8-15, 2022
Written by William Shakespeare
Director TBA

Drayton Hall Theatre

Set in a time and place suffering the ravages of plague and social division, Shakespeare’s ageless tale of the “star cross’d lovers” Romeo and Juliet still has the raw power to connect in visceral ways. Fiery passions lead to fateful outcomes as the two impetuous teenagers succumb to their irrepressible attraction, despite the long and bloody feud waged by their warring families. 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.


 

 

 

Upcoming Theatre Events

Rumors

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Location: Drayton Hall 141

Cost: $15 - $22

Rumors

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

Location: Drayton Hall 141

Cost: $15 - $22

Rumors

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

Location: Drayton Hall 141

Cost: $15 - $22

Rumors

Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021

Location: Drayton Hall 141

Cost: $15 - $22

Rumors

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Location: Drayton Hall 141

Cost: $15 - $22

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