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The grand stages of Drayton Hall Theatre and the historic Longstreet Theatre are the
places to see our 2019-2020 main stage productions. Enjoy fresh and fun takes on a
Shakespearean classic and a timeless Greek myth, plus a Tony®-winning epic about a
2019-2020 Main Stage Season
The University of South Carolina has closed the Columbia campus for the remainder
of the semester in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In accordance
with the shutdown, our scheduled performances of Amadeus have been canceled. Please visit the University’s dedicated COVID-19 web page for updates about additional policy changes as more information about the impact
of the virus becomes available.
Much Ado About Nothing
October 25 - November 9, 2019
Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dustin Whitehead Longstreet Theatre
Love, deception, and razor-sharp repartee take the stage in Shakespeare's beloved
comedy! The noble Don Pedro has his mind set on bringing together two romantic couples
-- the smitten Claudio and Hero, and the constantly bickering Benedick and Beatrice.
His matchmaking efforts are foiled, however, by the scheming of the jealous, conniving
Don John. Featuring some of The Bard’s most cunning wordplay and a cadre of his most
colorful characters, Much Ado About Nothing is indeed a “merry war” filled with adventure, romance and unwavering wit!
Written by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Lindsay Rae Taylor Longstreet Theatre
Hailed by The New York Times as one of the best plays of the last 25 years, Eurydice is Sarah Ruhl’s inventive reimagining of a tragic Greek myth from its heroine’s perspective.
On the day of her wedding to the musical prodigy Orpheus, Eurydice unexpectedly falls
to her death and descends into the underworld. In the Land of the Dead, Eurydice reunites
with her departed father and sets off on a journey to remember — and reclaim — the
life and love she lost. 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama.
Written by Peter Shaffer Directed by Ian Frank Drayton Hall Theatre
Peter Shaffer once called his Tony® and Oscar®-winning story of jealousy, ambition,
and divine genius “a fantasia on the theme of Mozart and Salieri.” In Shaffer’s fictionalized
history, successful composer Antonio Salieri recounts how he became intrigued by his
genius contemporary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then quickly irritated by the young composer’s
obscene immaturity. As Salieri’s disgust turns to bitter resentment, he begins to
question a God who would bestow heavenly gifts on someone so unworthy, and sets out
to destroy Mozart’s career. Tony® Award winner for Best Play, 1981.
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.