Francis Marion University Theatre

The Fine Arts Department’s co-curricular production company, The University Theatre, offers three major productions each year and as many as 12 student directed experimental theatre productions. Each year more than 150 students from across the campus participate in The University Theatre’s productions. The productions act as the laboratory for the theatre majors and minors while serving the entire campus and community. Student actors and technicians learn to sustain high standards of performance through exposure to a large and demanding audience.

Fall Production

Euripides’ The Bacchae

directed by Dr. L. Dawn Larsen

7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 2018
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center

The Francis Marion University Theatre will open its 2018-2019 season with Euripides’ The Bacchae.

THE STORY: The Bacchae is a late tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides, and it is considered one of his best works and one of the greatest of all Greek tragedies. It was probably written as early as around 410 BCE, but it only premiered posthumously at the City Dionysia festival of 405 BCE, where it won first prize. The story is based on the myth of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother Agave, who are punished by the god Dionysus (also known as Bacchus) for refusing to worship him. (http://www.ancient-literature.com)

AUDITIONS: Tuesday Aug 28, 4-5pm; Wednesday Aug 29, 4-5 pm in the University Theatre. Scripts are available. There are parts for at least 3 men, many women at least 1 speaking role, but probably more. We also need dancers! If you are interested in dancing, come to auditions.

We are excited as we are bringing in a professional choreographer, a professional puppetmaker, and a professional mask maker. There will be masterclasses.

For more specific info: llarsen@fmarion.edu

CAST:
Dionysus  –  Alex Simmons
Tieresius –  Malcolm Parker
Cadmus –  Doug Gray
Pentheus –  Chris Steele
Agave –  Joy Price
Servant –  Lauren Clark
Herdsperson –  Melissa Gragg
Messenger –  D. Keith Best
Chorus (speaking) –  Arielle Thompson, Aaliyah Broadus, Avonlea Samuel
Dancer/Chorus –  Samantha Foster, Zandra McNaire, Victoria Atlas, Raquell Camp, Katie Taylor, Arielle Thompson, Aaliyah Broadus, Avonlea Samuel

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling 843-661-1365 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, admission is free.

Winter Production

Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession

directed by Glen Gourley

Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
February 13-16, 2019
7:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 2:00 pm Saturday

The Francis Marion University Theatre’s winter production will be Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession.

THE STORY:

As Ronald Reagan enters the White House, five aging practitioners of the oldest profession are faced with a diminishing clientele, increased competition for their niche market, and aching joints. With wit, compassion, and humor, they struggle to find and learn new tricks as they fight to stay in the Life.

“Captures Ms. Vogel’s most essential gift as a playwright: an ability to find transfixing warmth and vitality in subjects often employed to titillate or repel…this venturesome dramatist provides a transforming theatrical wit, compassion and tolerance that keeps…theatregoers hooked.” —NY Times.

NOTE: MATURE CONTENT, NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

University Theatre The Oldest Profession poster

Spring Production

University Theatre Dog Sees God poster

Bert Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Directed by Emily Bouchette

Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, 2019

The Francis Marion University Theatre will close its 2018-2019 season with Bert Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.

When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.
“Good grief! The Peanuts kids have finally come out of their shells.” —Time Out NY. “A welcome antidote to the notion that the Peanuts gang provides merely a slice of American cuteness.” —NY Times. “…easily identifiable with the Peanuts crowd yet with a distinctly ‘Royal’ touch…The way Royal builds on the foundation of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip actually results in a parody that’s also a stand-alone play apt to resonate even with anyone belonging to that small population segment unfamiliar with Peanuts.” —CurtainUp. “Inventive and raunchy…hysterically funny.” —NY Post. “Bert V. Royal is the playwright of the Off-Broadway show DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD and is he ready to confess all!” —Broadway.com. “DOG SEES GOD doesn’t feel like the same old high-school-warfare schlock. The characters—teenage and reckless—are both genuinely sympathetic and unquestionably cruel. Growing more hysterical—and more harrowing—as it flows to an inevitable, uncomfortable end, this taut comedy manages to make tired clichés about stoners and popular homecoming airheads funny and endearing.” —NY Magazine.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling 843-661-1365 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, admission is free.

Past Productions

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