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Department of Theatre and Dance

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Main Stage

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 musical genius.

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! 

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February 7-22, 2020

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.

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April 3-18, 2020

Performances Cancelled

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.


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