Main Stage | Season 2016-2017
Main Stage Show Times*
Wed - Fri: 8pm
Matinees: 3pm on the first Sunday and second Saturday
$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.
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 2016/17
September 30 - October 8, 2016
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
Drayton Hall Theatre
“I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” So says the hapless actor Bottom after enduring his famously ridiculous transformation in Shakespeare’s timeless tale of magic, mix-ups and mayhem. When four young lovers and a group of roaming actors wander through an enchanted wood, they find themselves entangled by the mischievous whims of a band of powerful fairies with a wicked sense of humor. As they struggle to make sense of the fairies’ otherworldly influence, we, the audience, are reminded just “what fools these mortals be!”
November 11-19, 2016
Written by Louis Nowra
Directed by Steven Pearson
In the shadow of the Vietnam War, a young Australian director lands a job handling a group of inexperienced but colorful performers... in a mental institution. Against surprising and touching odds, a motley band of players emerges ready to perform Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. But can they sing? And who speaks Italian? A madcap look at theatre behind the scenes, Così is ultimately a fresh, startling play about personal dreams, madness, ambition, disappointment, creativity and transformation.
“…a hoot from start to finish.” -- The Daily Express
February 17-25, 2017
MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY
Written by Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn
Directed by Jeremy Skidmore
As we enter the world of Anne Washburn’s ingenious dark comedy, a group of survivors of a near-future global apocalypse has gathered around a campfire to piece together an episode of the television show The Simpsons from memory. As time passes, their fireside recollections evolve beyond mere touchstones of the past they remember to become the grand mythology of a new civilization.
“Downright brilliant…makes a case for theatre as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” – The New York Times
April 14-22, 2017
By George Orwell
Stage Adaptation by Peter Hall
Music by Richard Peaslee | Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell
Directed by Stan Brown
Drayton Hall Theatre
Please note there will not be a Sunday
3pm performance for this production.
Sir Peter Hall’s much-acclaimed musical adaptation brings George Orwell’s dystopian allegory of totalitarian society brilliantly to the stage. As in the classic novel, the animals of Manor Farm band together to overthrow their two-legged masters, and create a world where “all animals are equal.” Their utopia is short-lived, however, as a group of pigs conspire to prove that “some are more equal than others.”
“…filled with insights that remain sadly current… A tribute to the enduring power of a noble work.” -- The New York Times
Artwork for the 2016-2017 Main Stage season by Neda Spalajkovic and Tamara Joksimovic