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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.

2020-2021 Theatre Season

 

Love and Information  

October 1-4, 2020
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Steven Pearson

Online Performances   |  8pm, Oct. 1-3; 3pm, Oct. 4

From the pen of the legendary playwright Caryl Churchill comes a riveting theatrical experience that’s rooted in the chaotic nature of our information-obsessed age.  Comprised of 57 short scenes – some just seconds in length – Love and Information is an exhilarating, kaleidoscopic play about how we spend our lives thirsting for knowledge, yearning for love, and struggling to make sense of it all. 

“Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span…” – The New York Times

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

November 6-15, 2020
Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Lindsay Rae Taylor

Online Performances
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm;  3pm on Sundays

Qui Nguyen’s wildly popular comedy-adventure centers on Agnes Evans, a young woman coming to terms with the death of her geeky kid sister, Tilly.  When Agnes discovers Tilly’s homemade Dungeons and Dragons module, she embarks on a quest to complete her sibling’s game, and becomes immersed in an imaginary realm that opens her eyes to a fantastical world of secrets.  Specially adapted for online performance, She Kills MonstersVirtual Realms is a raucous journey through the land of elves, wizards and faeries that, as reviewed by The New York Times, “will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.”

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

February 5-13, 2021
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Directed by Dustin Whitehead

Longstreet Theatre

All 37 of The Bard’s plays (and maybe a sonnet or two) get the spotlight in this irreverent, unpredictable comedy.  One of the world’s most produced plays, Complete Works will have Shakespeare lovers and haters alike rolling in the aisles (and maybe rolling their eyes) as every timeless tale is frantically recreated by three madcap thespians in tights in a fast and furious hour-and-a-half! 

“Shakespeare as it was back in the Bard’s day: bawdy, irreverent, sublimely entertaining.” -- The Miami Herald

“Shamelessly heretical!” -- Time Out London

You on the Moors Now

April 9-17, 2021
Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Director TBA

Drayton Hall Theatre

Freeing four iconic fictional heroines from the social confines of their 19th century novels, Jaclyn Backhaus’ rip-roaring You on the Moors Now brings a fiercely modern sensibility to antiquated ideas of love and romance.  Rather than waiting for their fates to be decided by marriage proposals, Jane (Jane Eyre), Jo (Little Women), Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice) and Cathy (Wuthering Heights) band together to reject their famous suitors, leading to a literal battle of the sexes. 

“…providing respectfully irreverent new angles on these not-so-little women -- complete with an unexpected, gleefully anachronistic but thoroughly satisfying epilogue -- Moors scores.” -- Time Out Chicago

 

 

Constellations

April 21-24, 2021
Written by Nick Payne
Directed by Cat Thomas

Lab Theatre

There are countless ways that relationships can suddenly change, and Nick Payne’s remarkable drama takes that reality to the nth degree.  Incorporating the mind-bending concept of the “multiverse,” Constellations innovatively illustrates the multiple possibilities of one couple’s romance, with scenes often repeated to present different outcomes.  The arc of their journey brings to mind questions about the roles of choice and fate in our own lives, and demonstrates the infinite power of love.  

“Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible—and so emotionally devastating?” – The New York Times 

“Short and sweet and strangely haunting… With each iteration Roland and Marianne grow closer to one another… And by the end of the play…we’re fully invested in their lives. All of them.” -- Variety


 

 

 

Upcoming Theatre Events

Love and Information

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: Free, with donation optional

Love and Information

Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: Free, with donation optional

Love and Information

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: Free, with donation optional

Love and Information

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: Free, with donation optional

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: Free, with donation optional

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