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Season 2020-2021

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How the Vote Was Won by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St. John

Directed by Susan Kattwinkel

It’s London, it’s 1918, there’s a dangerous flu going around, and the country is emerging from a long, difficult war. It’s the perfect time for women to agitate for the vote! What happens when women come up with a big, ridiculous idea to convince the men in charge that it’s time to open up the government to the voices of women? Weirdly, hilarity ensues.

Join us for this one-act farce celebrating women’s voting rights. Watch the Department of Theatre and Dance enter the brave, new world of performing during a pandemic. New technology! Socially distanced acting! Join us for this hysterical experiment.

For more information on the show,  click HERE to see our blog. 

To view the show Playbill, click HERE.

This show was presented on Oct. 1st and 2nd.

 

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dance, deconstructed

Artistic Director Gretchen McLaine

Necessity breeds creativity, and this pandemic has allowed our choreographers to explore creative new paths to building a performance which challenges the dancers in unexpected ways.  This year's fall concert, dance, deconstructed, promises to offer the audience exciting choreography and spectacular dancing through a digital format.  Artists explore deconstructing the idea of performance and choreographic processes as the current pandemic pushes a re-evaluation of how we approach dance.

October 25th - November 1st - This production is Video on Demand

(The show will be avaialble from 7:30pm on Oct. 25th until 11:45pm on Nov. 1st)

TICKETS $18 (Groups of 3 or more), $8 (Adults, Military & Seniors), $5 (CofC Faculty, Staff & Students), $5 (18 and under)

To view the show Playbill, click HERE.

 

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Antigone adapted by Emily Mann

Directed by Nakeisha Daniel

"How can one penetrate the absolute certainty and righteousness of political or religious leaders who refuse to listen?" "What happens when neither side in a conflict agrees to yield?" "What happens when one sees the catastrophic consequences of one's actions too late?" Viewed as a contest between equally determined and fierce competitors, both right and both wrong, Antigone is an intense examination of these questions.  Antigone battles Creon, her uncle, for the right in God's name to bury her dead brother, Polyneices, but loses that fight in a horrifying conclusion to this story.  This adaptation of Sophocles' play takes a fresh look at Antigone's own rigidity as an equal contributor to this story's devastating ending.  The path taken here -vengeance will breed vengeance - is a shattering lesson for our times.

November 19th and 20th at 7:30pm - This is a livestreamed performance on these two nights only.

Thursday, November 19, we will stream a captioned show for hearing -impaired audience members.  In addition, there will be an ASL interpreter for the talkback following that performance.

For more information about the show, click HERE.

To view our student blog with exciting details about the show  click HERE.

TICKETS - $25 (Groups of 3 or more), $15 (Adults), $12 (Seniors, Military 18 and under) and $8 (CofC Faculty, Staff and Students)

 

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Our World: Student Voices on 2020

Directed by alumnus Michael Smallwood

This collection of original monologues focuses on the student perspective responding to news/stories/climates of the world of 2020. Devised, written, and performed by students and led by alum Michael Smallwood, Our World speaks to and attempts to interpret these challenging times of pandemic, social change and unrest, and economic and environmental uncertainty - exploring the events, people, and places that have shaped who we are today, and who we might be tomorrow.

December 4th and 5th at 7:30pm 

PURCHASE TICKETS - $18 (Groups of 3 or more), $8 (Adults, Military & Seniors) and  $5 (CofC Faculty, Staff & Students

 

In Other Words 

In Other Words: A Century's Reflections

A Devised Piece

NEW DATES - February 5th & 6th at 7:30pm

TicketsFREE- You must first register for a ticket.  A link will then be sent via email for use the night of the production.  Please click HERE to register.

To view the show Playbill, please click HERE.

Directed by Todd McNerney

As a devised piece of pandemic theatre, In Other Words is an examination on a collection of themes from pandemics to Civil Rights, and even on the nature of theatre itself. Created by a company of seven and utilizing text derived from first person accounts, it explores the possibilities for theatre in a Zoom world and for all of us in this time of challenge.

For additional information, please click HERE.

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Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton

February 12th and 13th at 7:30pm

Directed by Paul Rolfes & Holden Crumpler

In December of 1940, two strangers find themselves on the same train as the great American writers Nathanel West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As the train moves along east-bound, May and Raleigh realize they might have a lot more in common than they expected. The first play in the Nibroc Trilogy, Last Train to Nibroc illustrates the hardships May and Raleigh have faced being young in a country at war as they discover what is most important to them.

For more information about the show, please click HERE.

For a link to the Playbill, please click HERE.

To listen on Friday, February 12th at 7:30pm please click here.

Please join us for a talk-back after the Friday performance.  Click here for access.

To listen on Saturday, February 13th at 7:30pm please click here.

 

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Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen

March 12th & 13th at 7:30pm

Directed by Chad Henderson

Living Dead in Denmark: Hamlet meets Night of the Living Dead meets Teenage Bounty Hunters. It's an undead sequel to the Bard's Hamlet: a darkly comic, Shakespearean-ish battle for the fate of Denmark (and the world!), pitting the zombie army of Denmark against the equally undead team of Shakespeare's action-heroines! Stage combat, pop music, and witty banter make for a Spring 2021 must-see!

For more information about the show, please click HERE.

TICKETS - $25 (Groups of 3 or more), $15 (Adults), $12 (Seniors, Military 18 and under) and $8 (CofC Faculty, Staff and Students)

To view the Playbill, click here.

 

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New Works Wednsday 

New Works Wednesdays is an exciting new (pandemic driven) addition to the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Awards. This Spring we will be reading eight of the 2020 finalist plays via Zoom every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm beginning March 17th thru May 5th.

To receive your free link, please click here.

 

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School of the Arts Festival: Arts Under the Oaks

April 10th and 11th - All-day, half-day and livestream options available.

The inaugural College of Charleston School of the Arts Festival: Arts under the Oaks will offer an entertaining day of arts experiences for Lowcountry audiences. Featuring performances by the College’s Department of Music alongside the Department of Theatre and Dance, the event will take place on April 10 and 11 from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. at the College of Charleston Stono Preserve, 5297 Dixie Plantation Rd., Meggett, S.C. A livestream option will be available, as well.

For more information and ticketing options, please see our blog.

 

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VOID

A student dance film  

April 25th at 7:00pm

“Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind” - Robert Green Ingersoll. 

In this Department of Theatre and Dance produced dance film, senior dance and arts management major, Julia Kabernagel, investigates the emotional strain of anger and aggression during times of the unknown. In collaboration with senior theatre major, Jonari Ward, this creative duo has indulged in the opportunity that resulted from constant change in the arts industry climate. Please join us for the premiere of VOID at the virtual watch party on Sunday, April 25th at 7:00pm 

To register for your free link to the watch party, please click here.

 

Note on Copyright:

"These works are fully protected by copyright.  No part of these works may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, videotape, film or any information storage and retrieval system.  No part of these works may be distributed or displayed for any purpose. By accessing the livestream, VOD or Scheduled Content,  you agree to the above copyright conditions. Any College of Charleston student in violation of this agreement will be brought to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action of the Honor System.  Violators may be prosecuted by the copyright holder."


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