The Restoration’s “Constance” Comes to Spartanburg
Trustus Theatre presents an encore performance of The Restoration’s “Constance” April 30th at Spartanburg Methodist College. First produced in 2014 as part of Premieres, a new works festival, to sold-out houses in Columbia, The Restoration’s “Constance” is a multi-generational cautionary tale, told through historical fiction. Set between the late 1800s and 1930s in Lexington, South Carolina, “Constance” focuses on the fictional Constance Owen, an unrealized musical prodigy born to poor cotton farmers several years after the American Civil War. Her eventual union with Aaron Vale, a carpenter and musician of mixed race from Chicago, and the birth of their son, Thomas, plants a seed of discriminative hate in the surrounding community, bringing about the bankrupting of her family by the affluent Palmers, the related death of her husband, and the burying of her creative aspirations. Years later, Thomas’ nihilistic vengeance against the Palmers sets off a cataclysmic series of violent events, as the South and the rest of the world plunge into the Great Depression. The performance begins at 7:30 in Gibbs Auditorium. Admission is free. More about The Restoration at therestoration.net/.