ROCK HILL, S.C. - The serious short stories of Anton Chekhov will transform into merry comedy during the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor," which will run Nov. 4-7 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in Johnson Studio Theatre.
Directed by theatre major Jennica Krebs (Lexington, S.C.), this student-directed and student-acted production is a humorous mixture of sketches, vaudeville and storytelling that pays homage to Chekhov's well-known literary creations. The cast includes Rob Carroll (Eldersburg, Md.), who plays the Writer, a figure based on Chekhov himself; Jay Kistler (Blythewood, S.C.); Brian Jones and Lorena Hildebrandt (Columbia, S.C.); and Allison Zobel (Summerville, S.C.). Krebs also worked closely with a team of seven student artistic/production staff to recreate "The Good Doctor," which she calls "a comedy unlike the classic plays of 19th-century Russia."
"'The Good Doctor' shows one classic playwright putting his own comedic spin on another classic playwright's serious short stories. You can see the writer's imagination unfold in front of you and create these over-the-top stories," said Krebs, adding that she hopes theatregoers will appreciate the "classic light-hearted, feel-good comedy" of Simon's inventive parody.
"This show will give audience members a two-hour break from the troubles of everyday life."
Seating is limited. No late seating will be permitted after performances begin. Tickets for the Nov. 4-5 performances are $5 with Winthrop I.D. and $10 for the general public, while tickets for the Nov. 6-8 performances are $8 with Winthrop I.D. and $15 for the general public.
For ticket information, contact the Box Office at 803/323-4014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.