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Department of Theatre and Dance

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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.

2022-2023 Theatre Season

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream  

October 2 & 8-9, 2022

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Originally Directed for the Stage by Victor Malana Maog
Directed by Devin Haqq

Shakespeare Festival Stage

Experience the enchantment of The Bard in the open air setting of our brand new outdoor venue, the Shakespeare Festival Stage! This new touring stage made its national debut this summer at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, where it served as the set for the Folger Theatre’s critically-lauded production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Now, it’s coming home to campus, where our talented student actors will take on the same timeless tale of magic, mix-ups and mayhem under the direction of guest artist Devin Haqq.

Small Mouth Sounds

Small Mouth Sounds

November 11-18, 2022

Written by Bess Wohl
Directed by Cat Thomas

Longstreet Theatre


A 2016 Critics’ Pick (New York Times, Time Out), Bess Wohl’s hit off-Broadway play is a unique theatrical experience that will leave you “moved, refreshed and even enlightened” (New York Times). Set at a meditation retreat in a secluded forest, six strangers take a week-long respite from the noise of modern day society with an added vow of complete silence. Guided by an unseen guru, we embark with them on an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking journey that asks, “How do we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us?”

10 Minute Play Festival

10 Minute Play Festival

February 23-26, 2023

Directed by Theatre Performance Faculty

Lab Theatre

It will still be winter outside, but in the Lab Theatre we’ll be all about the shorts -- short plays, that is! Enjoy a fast-paced evening of laughter, heartbreak and everything in between as we present a collection of 10-minute plays, each directed by a different member of our theatre performance faculty. “A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn’t last long, but its power can stand your hair on end.” (Take Ten, Vintage Books)

The Light

The Light

March 16-19, 2023

Written by Loy Webb
Directed by Ibi Owolabi

707 Catawba Studio

See the first production in our new performance studio! Recipient of Chicago’s Jefferson Award for Best Play in 2018, The Light is a visceral, real-time roller coaster ride that sees a loving relationship rocked by secrets from the past. When we are introduced to Genesis and Rashad, it’s during the romantic high of a heartfelt marriage proposal. The happy plans are suddenly derailed, however, by an accusation of sexual assault that threatens to rip apart their bond of love and trust. “...the #MeToo play you didn’t know you wanted, but that you need to see.” — Nylon

Contains mature content that is not appropriate for children.

 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

April 7-14, 2023

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Travis Greisler

Drayton Hall Theatre

Winner of eight Tony® Awards, Spring Awakening is an exhilarating coming-of-age story set to a raucous rock score. Based on the provocative 1906 play by Frank Wedekind, this groundbreaking musical provides an unvarnished look at a group of teenagers grappling with issues of sexuality, identity, and society as they navigate the turbulent transition from innocence to adulthood. “...represents the sort of imaginative boost that the American musical desperately needs.” (Washington Post)

Contains mature content that is not appropriate for children.


 

 

 


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