FMU Theatre to present "Equus," Oct. 18-21
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Theatre will present the Peter Shaffer play “Equus,” Oct. 18-21. The performances will begin at 8 p.m. nightly in the Fine Arts Theatre of the Hyman Fine Arts Center on the FMU campus.
The drama deals with a young man who blinds six horses with a hoof pick and the psychiatrist who treats the young man. The play had a very successful Broadway run, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. Audiences should be aware that the play contains language, subject matter and situations of a mature nature.
The production will feature two FMU theatre faculty members: Keith Best, who will play the psychiatrist, and Amy Sherwood, who will play the magistrate. Sherwood is also designing the costumes for the play. Glen Gourley, an associate professor of theatre at FMU, is directing the production. Scenic and lighting design will be done by FMU theatre professor David Granath.
FMU students involved in the production are:
Jason Abernathy of Columbia as the young man
Mark Baloya of Summerville as a horse
Stewart Bobbett of Florence as Nugget/Horseman
Alicia Louise Coleman of Scranton as a horse
Erin Holladay of Chester as a horse
Rui Jiang of Florence as the nurse
Rob Jones of Columbia as the young man’s father
H. Jeffrey Loflin of Marion, production assistant
David Martinez of Inman as a horse and the dance captain
Zakia Pereira of North Myrtle Beach as a horse
Jacob Robertson of Warrenville as the stable owner
Katherine Smith of Myrtle Beach, production assistant
Kelly Smith of Florence, assistant to the director
Sarah Thorowgood of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, as Jill
Jessica Willis of Saluda as the young man’s mother
Reservations can be made by calling the FMU Theatre box office at 843-661-1365 between 1-5 p.m. beginning Oct. 9. There is no charge for admission, but reservations are recommended.
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