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Composure: A New Play by Jason Stokes

Every day in Columbia, South Carolina, thousands of people pass the intersection of Gervais and Main Streets, but some may not realize it was the scene of a politically-driven homicide. A known feud between two prominent families, dating back to the 1880s, came to a head in January 1903, when Narcisco Gener Gonzales, who founded The State newspaper with his two brothers, was fatally shot by then-Lieutenant Governor James Tillman. Trustus Theatre in Columbia presents Composure, a new play written and directed by Jason Stokes, about the days leading up to this controversial moment in South Carolina history, and the trial that followed. Performances are August 14th, 15th, 26th, and 29th at 8 pm; August 16th at 3 pm; and August 22nd at 2 pm.