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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Theatre and Dance


Main Stage | Season 2015-2016

Main Stage Show Times*
Wed - Fri: 8pm
Saturday: 8pm 
Matinees: 3pm on the first Sunday and second Saturday

Ticket Prices
$12 for students
$16 for University Faculty/Staff, Military and Seniors 60+
$18 for General Public

Box Office: 777-2551
Box office opens 1 week prior to each production run.
The Box Office is located in Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St.  
Enter from the breezeway off of Sumter St.

Theatre Locations
Longstreet Theatre -- 1300 Greene St., corner of Greene and Sumter
Drayton Hall Theatre -- 1214 College St., corner of College and Sumter

*Dates, times and locations are subject to change.


 On Stage in 2015/16

October 2-10
The Threepenny Opera

by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Directed by Steven Pearson
Longstreet Theatre

Mack is back, and as badly-behaved as ever, in this landmark musical masterpiece!  Set in a corrupt underworld of haves and have-nots, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s epic satire of capitalist society pits the infamous gangster Macheath against Mr. Peachum, a conniving business owner whose naive daughter, Polly, has secretly married Macheath.  The once-untouchable “Mack the Knife” soon finds himself on the run, as his new in-laws and a jilted ex-lover conspire to have him arrested…and hanged! 

The Threepenny Opera is the granddaddy of all the singing, stinging portraits of fat societies on their eves of destruction.” —  The New York Times

November 13-21
Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward
Directed by Stan Brown
Drayton Hall Theatre

One of the last century’s most beloved and frequently performed plays, Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit takes comedy to otherworldly heights!  Popular writer Charles Condomine invites the town psychic to his home just so he can cynically study her techniques for his new book.  He gets more than he bargained for, however, when her seance summons his deceased wife, Elvira.  Thrilled to be freed from the spiritual realm, Elvira begins a campaign to retake possession of her widower, in spite of the protests of his current wife.  Charles finds himself caught up in a romantic rivalry between heaven and earth that has him stuck squarely in the middle…in hell! 

“A comedy that startles and delights.” — The Telegraph 

February 19-27
Scapin

By Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell
Adapted from Moliere

Directed by Louis Butelli
Longstreet Theatre

This adaptation of one of Molière’s final plays was an instant smash when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and as reported in The New York Times, “would have gone over big with the same audience who first saw The Fourberies de Scapin in 1671.”  Moliere’s outrageous farce introduces us to the trickster servant Scapin, whose expertise in scheming is called upon by two young men, Octave and Leander, both desperate to escape marriages arranged by their fathers.  With the help of his accomplice Sylvestre, Scapin spins ever more elaborate deceptions to help in the men’s romantic pursuits, and achieve some payback for himself in the process. 

“…a generous gag-fest, packed with rib-tickling delights…” — San Francisco Gate

 

 

April 15-23
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.

 

Illustrations by Sydney Hoyt