An apocalyptic comedy is coming to Longstreet Theatre. "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play," by Anne Washburn with a musical score by Michael Friedman, debuts Feb. 17 from the University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance.
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Students, educators and other community members gathered at Trustus Theatre and Longstreet Theatre on Thursday night to participate in a nationwide ceremony against intolerance. The event, known as the Ghostlight Project, promoted messages of inclusivity and hope. Individuals at Longstreet Theatre were encouraged to shine a flashlight from their phones while Kevin Bush, the marketing director at the USC department of theatre and dance, sang an a cappella version of the song “Beautiful City” from the Broadway musical “Godspell.” At Trustus, Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden read an original poem entitled “The Gates.” The ceremonies were brief, but they generated a lasting message of support and empathy.
Gender identity, nature vs. nurture and the journey of finding oneself. All of these themes are woven into the next show at Trustus Theatre, “Boy,” which premieres this Friday, Jan. 13.
Broadway’s wildly successful “Hamilton: An American Musical” took an eventful turn on its otherwise regular Friday night performance. In attendance was Vice President-elect Mike Pence, whom the cast’s Brandon Victor Dixon addressed at the conclusion of the show.
The "American Idiot" musical at the Trustus Theatre brings the band Green Day’s 2004 rock opera to life with a full cast of actors, singers, dancers, stage lights and a live band.
For anyone interested in old books, good food, and, of course, Shakespeare, the perfect weekend destination is Staunton, Virginia. Just over the mountains from Charlottesville, this small town is home to the American Shakespeare Center and the only replica of the Blackfriars Playhouse, Shakespeare’s original indoor theater. Surrounding the theater are a host of cafes and coffee shops serving fresh and local food, all sorts of small book shops stocked with old and new books and an assortment of antique and art shops that you're sure to find something in.
"The Tempest" will be performed at Drayton Hall Theatre from April 15 - 23, coinciding with the exhibit of the First Folio at USC. The play offers Shakespeare enthusiasts and students alike an opportunity to experience one of the last works written by the great English playwright.
For many people, working for Disney was a childhood dream. Very few get to claim it as their actual job. Lynlee Jewell is one of those few, working for the place “where dreams come true.”
"Peter and the Starcatcher" opened March 11 at the Trustus Theatre in the Vista. The play tells the story of Molly, a Starcatcher, aboard the Neverland ship as she meets three unlikely friends — orphans Prentiss, Ted and no-name Mule. After Molly and the boys become friends, they go off on an adventure of epic, life-changing proportions.
Emily Mann's play "Still Life," put on by the USC Theatre and Dance Department, provides a glimpse into the turmoil that follows war. The play takes place post-Vietnam War, and is shown through the perspectives of Mark, a Marine; Cheryl, his wife; and Nadine, the woman Mark is having an affair with.
There was hustle and bustle backstage at the Longstreet Theatre in preparation for opening night on Friday. Director Louis Butelli is working to bring a modern adaptation of the classic French comedy "Scapin" to life at the Longstreet Theatre from Feb. 19-27. The play is an outrageous, over-the-top modern adaptation of the comedy classic by Moliere. Set in the mid-20th century, with witty surprises throughout, the show is sure to be a delight.
The USC Dance Company, amid flowing fabrics and strong instrumental melodies, rehearsed Saturday afternoon for their showcase "Breaking Boundaries," premiering Monday evening. The showcase is directed by assistant professor Thaddeus Davis, featuring original contemporary choreography contributed by assistant professor Tanya Wideman-Davis and Stephanie Wilkins, as well as work developed with dance education students by Stephanie Milling. Along with the faculty of USC, special guest Arturo Fernandez from San Fransisco's Alonzo King LINES Ballet will present a piece he choreographed, "Counterpoint (Revisited)." The performance was powerful in its simplicity and appearance of being effortless; dancers lift and release each other with such ease it is as though the other is simply weightless. Though it was a dress rehearsal, the emotion was palpable even from the last row.
Theatre students give insight into lives of other theatre students in "Circle Mirror Transformation"
Tuesday night, USC's Theatre Department rehearsed "Circle Mirror Transformation," a student-directed play set to open Thursday, Nov. 19. The play follows an adult acting class taken by four strangers (Teresa, James, Schultz and Lauren) over a six-week period. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker, the play is directed by Jamie Boller, a fourth-year theatre student at USC.
Dozens of students took part in @USC2020Vision’s walkout to protest university inactivity on issues concerning marginalized groups at the university. The group, who had their protest plans revealed the night of Nov. 15 on social media, convened at the Longstreet Theatre at approximately 11 a.m. on Nov. 16. Most students dressed in black to show their support for the movement.
Marking its 15th year this fall, the Columbia Jewish Film Festival has brought Jewish culture, themes and ideas to Soda City once again. Spanning two weeks, the festival will show films at the Nickelodeon Theater from Nov.1 through Nov. 17.
Students and faculty flooded into the Russell House Theater Monday evening to hear Feminista Jones, acclaimed feminist writer, activist and public speaker, address social justice issues in South Carolina.
On Tuesday night, Carolina Productions hosted a Murder Mystery Dinner in the Russell House Ballroom at the University South Carolina. The performance was put on by USC's own Off Off Broadway.
Trustus Theater brings a fresh take to Columbia about what it means to leave your past behind and live your best life. “The Brothers Size” follows Oshoosi Size, recently released from prison, as he lives with his older brother Ogun and tries to bring meaning to his life and his relationships. Oshoosi struggles between the pressures of fulfilling his second chance or giving into his old ways through the temptations of his former prison-mate, Elegba.
Across town in the Vista, the Trustus Theatre was packed for the first viewing of the play "Marie Antoinette," written by David Adjmi.