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Drayton Hall Theatre

April 15-23, 2016
The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
Drayton Hall Theatre

One of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest might have been lost to history if not for its publication in the First Folio of 1625, which we are thrilled to announce will be on view at the University during this production!  Even after four centuries, The Tempest still has a mystical power to enchant audiences with its enthralling tale of romance, revenge and redemption.  Prospero, the unlawfully-exiled Duke of Milan, has lived on a remote island with his daughter, Miranda, for twelve years — enough time to study and perfect his skills in the realms of magic.  When Antonio, the brother who usurped Prospero’s title, sails near the island, the powerful sorcerer conjures a storm which forces his betrayer’s ship ashore, and carries out a supernatural scheme to enact vengeance, restore his rightful nobility and, finally, return home.

Longstreet Theatre

April 21-23, 2016
Gravedigger's Tale

An Interactive Retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Conceived and Directed by Robert Richmond
Performed by Louis Butelli

Presented as part of the celebration of the First Folio exhibition at the University of SC, Gravediggers Tale is a new interactive one-man play based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  In Shakespeare's iconic play, the Gravedigger appears briefly in Act V to perform a comic exchange with a fellow gravedigger before speaking to Hamlet and presenting him with the jester Yorick’s skull.  Our Gravedigger arrives with a trunk and a book and answers “questions” from the audience with pieces of text from Hamlet. Conceived and directed by Robert Richmond (Folger Theatre’s Julius Caesar, Richard III, Henry V and more) and performed by Louis Butelli, this forty-minute interactive audience experience combines the text from Hamlet with some original and traditional music.

Lab Theatre

April 21-24, 2016
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

By Alan Ball
Directed by Abigail McNeely

Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) began his career writing for the stage with this wickedly funny comedy.  While the events of an over-the-top wedding are going on offstage, five members of the bridal party meet in the maid-of-honor’s bedroom to commiserate about the hideous outfits, the forced festivities, and an especially lecherous wedding guest named Tommy.  After the pumps come off, and as the champagne begins to flow, the five women discover a common bond they never expected. 

“An irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship and the power of similar dressing.” — NY Post

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress contains adult language which may not be suitable for children.

Center for Performance Experiment

April 1, 2016
MFA Actor Cabaret


Featuring selections from the musical "Songs for a New World."  Free Admission.

April 8-9, 2016
H+T in P
(Hamlet and Tusenbach in Purgatory)

6:30pm and 8:30pm: April 8
7:30pm and 9:30pm: April 9

By James Costello (MFA Acting Alum, '15)
in collaboration with The Glassbox Theatre and P3 East

purgatory (n.), from Medieval Latin purgatorium. “means of cleansing”

Direction by The Ensemble

Show Times:
Friday, April 8: 6:30pm & 8:30pm
Saturday, April 9: 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Free, with donations accepted
No advance reservations, limited seating

*This performance has been made possible in part by support from the University of SC Department of Theatre & Dance and Pacific Performance Project/East

Featuring: James Costello, Josiah Laubenstein, Melissa Reed, and Lindsay Rae Taylor

“You loved her?


She loved you?

She must have.”

Rest and silence. Shakespeare's Hamlet and Chekhov's Tusenbach encounter epic loves. H+T in P explores the liminal space between Heaven and Earth, dreaming and remembering, and doing and being.

There’s also some dancing.

Free Admission

April 27, 2016
Platonov by Anton Chekhov


Our MFA Actors will present a studio performance of one of Chekhov's earliest plays, Platonov, which was discovered over twenty years after his death in 1904.  Finding himself on a downward spiral fueled by lust and alcohol, Platonov proudly adopts as his motto to speak ill of everything. A shining example of the chaos that reigned in his era, Platonov is a Hamlet whose father was never murdered, a Don Juan who cheats on his wife and his mistress, and the hero of the as-yet unwritten great Russian novel of his day.

Free Admission

April 28, 2016
Three Dances

4pm & 5:30pm

Our MFA Actors will present three original dance pieces: Constellation, Tuesday Under the Sky and The Present Matter.

Free Admission