Francis Marion University Theatre – Current Season

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.
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Fall Production

Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown

Francis Marion University Theatre
Directed by Glen Gourley
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm, October 21-23, 2021

The show lies between musical and song cycle, but it is neither; it is an abstract musical, a series of songs all connected by a theme: “the moment of decision.” The show has four performers who do not literally play the same characters throughout the show but who do have consistently developing character arcs nonetheless. Composer Brown has said “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.

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

The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien

Francis Marion University Theatre
Directed by D. Keith Best
Performing Arts Center/Downtown Florence
7:30 pm, February 10-12 & 16-19, 2022

As an out-of-work actor in London in the early 1970s, Richard O’Brien wrote The Rocky Horror Show to keep himself busy on winter evenings. Since his youth, he had developed a passion for science fiction and B horror movies; he wanted to combine elements of the unintentional humour of B horror movies, portentous dialogue of schlock-horror, Steve Reeves muscle films, and fifties rock and roll into The Rocky Horror Show.  A major theme running throughout the musical is transvestism, which according to O’Brien was not originally meant to be as prominent as it ended up being. He conceived and wrote the play set against the backdrop of the glam era that had manifested itself throughout British popular culture in the early 1970s; he has stated “glam rock allowed me to be myself more”, allowing his concept to come into being.

RESERVATIONS:  Reservations may only be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. $10 admission supports the Fine Arts Performing Arts Scholarships.

Spring Production

Art by Yasmina Reza

Francis Marion University Theatre
Directed by Dr. L. Dawn Larsen
Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center
7:30 pm, April 14-16, 2022

A critically acclaimed play investigating contemporary middle class issues, Art originated as a French-language play by Yasmina Reza that premiered in 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The English language adaptation by Christopher Hampton subsequently ran in London in 1996 and on Broadway in 1998.

THE STORY: How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? A painting’s purchase brings to the surface relationship issues between three long-time friends.

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

Click here to view The University Theatre’s production history.