Trustus Theatre: The Thanksgiving Play
Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions when a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. Trustus Theatre in Columbia presents Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, The Thanksgiving Play, November 11th through 22nd, available through ticketed on-demand online viewing.
Trustus Theatre’s FEST24: Homecoming
Trustus Theatre is taking its popular 24-hour theatre event and making it virtual. Over the course of three weekends, six plays will be written, rehearsed, and performed live in just 24 hours. October 10th through 25th, at 7 p.m. each Friday before the Saturday broadcast, the playwright, a director, four actors, and design team will be announced. Following some prompts given by Trustus, the playwrights will immediately get to work on a brand new 15-minute play that will be performed live the following night. Each broadcast will feature two new 15-minute plays, and each weekend will welcome celebrity guest stars "coming home" to Trustus for this event.
Development Insiders: From Landing an Agent to Landing Distribution
Indie Grants invites you to Development Insiders: From Landing an Agent to Landing Distribution, a free virtual workshop presented by Steve Muller and Kip Konwiser. "Super Agent" Muller, who has worked with Innovative Artists Agency and is head of Talent & Comedy, kicks off the workshop sharing his experience as a working agent, with insights on how talent is discovered, packaged and marketed. Primetime-Emmy-Award-winning producer Kip Konwiser will then illuminate the process of development, financing, production and distribution of today’s movies, television and live events. This Zoom webinar is November 7th, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting approximately four hours. Registration is required.
The Laramie Project – 20th Anniversary (Virtual) Production
Proud Mary Theatre Company in Spartanburg launches its fourth season with a 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the powerful and award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998. The company’s first full in-person production since February 2020 is being filmed for streaming purposes, without an audience and within strict social distance parameters, at the performance space at the Artists Collective Spartanburg. The virtual multimedia experience is available for streaming October 6th through 12th.
Streamed Reading: Trustus Playwrights’ Festival Winner Down In The Holler
Trustus Theatre has named Down In The Holler by Val Dunn the winner of the 2020 Trustus Playwrights’ Festival, an annual national playwrighting competition founded by the theater in 1988. This story introduces Juniper and her wonderful partner Blake as they prepare for a perfect getaway at their cabin in the Shenandoah Valley. That perfection is quickly tested when Juniper's ex arrives unannounced. As Juniper attempts to exorcise her pursuit of passion and maintain the stable life she's created with Blake, Down In The Holler witnesses a collision of class and queerness, ultimately asking how we reconcile who we were and who we thought we would become. A reading of the winning script will be live-streamed September 26th at 2 p.m. at trustus.org.
Virtual Family Fun Night with Columbia Children’s Theatre
The Columbia Museum of Art wraps up the summer's Virtual Family Fun Night series with the Columbia Children’s Theatre's special premiere of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, based on the hit children's book by Mo Willems and inspired by fashionable items in the CMA collection. Watch on Facebook September 11th at 6:30 p.m.
There are countless ways that relationships can suddenly change, and Nick Payne’s drama, Constellations, takes that reality to the nth degree. Incorporating the mind-bending concept of the “multiverse,” the play innovatively illustrates the multiple possibilities of one couple’s romance, with scenes often repeated to present different outcomes. The arc of their journey brings to mind questions about the roles of choice and fate in our own lives, and demonstrates the infinite power of love. The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents Constellations, directed by Cat Thomas, April 21st through 24th at the Lab Theatre in Columbia.
You on the Moors Now
Jaclyn Backhaus’ rip-roaring play, You on the Moors Now, brings a fiercely modern sensibility to antiquated ideas of love and romance. Rather than waiting for their fates to be decided by marriage proposals, four iconic fictional heroines are freed from the social confines of their 19th century novels. Jane (of "Jane Eyre"), Jo (from "Little Women"), Elizabeth (from "Pride and Prejudice") and Cathy (from "Wuthering Heights") band together to reject their famous suitors, leading to a literal battle of the sexes. The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents You on the Moors Now, April 9th through 17th at Drayton Hall Theatre in Columbia.
“…providing respectfully irreverent new angles on these not-so-little women -- complete with an unexpected, gleefully anachronistic but thoroughly satisfying epilogue -- Moors scores.” - Time Out Chicago
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
One of the world’s most produced plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has had Shakespeare lovers and haters alike rolling in the aisles (and maybe rolling their eyes) as every timeless tale is frantically recreated by three madcap thespians in tights in a fast and furious hour-and-a-half. All 37 of The Bard’s plays (and maybe a sonnet or two) get the spotlight in this irreverent, unpredictable comedy Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), directed by Dustin Whitehead, February 5th through 13th at Longstreet Theatre in Columbia.
“Shakespeare as it was back in the Bard’s day: bawdy, irreverent, sublimely entertaining.” - The Miami Herald
Online Performances of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
Agnes Evans is a young woman coming to terms with the death of her geeky kid sister, Tilly, when she discovers Tilly’s homemade Dungeons and Dragons module and embarks on a quest to complete her sibling’s game, becoming immersed in an imaginary realm that opens her eyes to a fantastical world of secrets. The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents Qui Nguyen’s comedy-adventure She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, specially adapted for online performance. The play is a raucous journey through the land of elves, wizards and faeries that The New York Times says “will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” Directed by Lindsay Rae Taylor, performances will stream November 6th through 15th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Admission is free, with an option for donation.