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Theatre and Dance

2021-2022 Season Productions

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The department production season typically consists of three faculty-directed plays and one faculty-choreographed dance concert in Johnson Theatre, three or four student works in the Studio Theatre, the student-directed Winthrop One-Act Play Festival each semester, and the student-choreographed Winthrop Choreography Showcase and Senior Choreography Showcase. 

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For more information about tickets or to purchase over the phone, you can call the theatre and dance box office at 803-323-4014 or e-mail boxoffice@winthrop.edu.  The Box Office is open one hour before curtain and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (M-F) throughout the week when each production is running. NOTICE: No late seating after performances begin.

 

September 2021

The Arkansaw Bear
By Aurand Harris
Thursday, September 30 through Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Special outreach performances live and streamed through www.ShowTix4u.com Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10 a.m. 
Johnson Studio Theatre, Johnson Hall
Tickets:  $10 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public
This award-winning classic play tells the story of a little girl named Tish, who has just discovered that her grandfather is dying.  She runs away to her special tree, wishes upon a star, and escapes to a fantastical world of music, magic and dance.  There she meets the world's greatest dancing-bear, who is also running away from death.  In trying to help him, Tish begins to understand the meaning of life and death and learns how to cope with her own sadness.  

 

October 2021

Musical Theatre Workshop:  AnotherOpening,Another Show
Thursday, October 7 through Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Tickets:  $10 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public
Johnson Theatre, Johnson Hall

 

November 2021

FISSURE (lost and found)
Conceived and created by Steve Epp, Cory Hinkle, Dominic Orlando, 
Dominique Serrand, Deborah Stein, Victoria Stewart
Wednesday, November 3 through Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Wednesday and Thursday $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public;
Friday through Saturday $8 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public
Johnson Studio Theatre, Johnson Hall

Fissures (lost and found) is a look into the mind and the memory as they play together with truth and imagination.  With the use of comedy, movement and poetics, an ensemble of actors explores a myrid of memories as they begin to unravel.  This show asks who are you?  Where have you been?  What do you remember?  Are you sure?  

Winthrop Dance Theatre
Thursday, November 11 through Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Special outreach performance Friday, November 12, 2021 at 10 a.m. live and streamed through www.ShowTix4u.com 
Tickets:  $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public
Johnson Theatre, Johnson Hall

A full evening of works choreographed by faculty and guest artists, featuring a variety of dance genres.


Student-Directed Fall One-Act Festival 

Friday November 19 and Saturday, November 20,2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Tickets:  $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public
Johnson Studio Theatre, Johnson Hall

A lively, entertaining and eclectic mix of one-act plays directed by advanced theatre students.
This production contains mature content and language and is not suitable for children.

December 2021

Senior Choreography Showcase
Friday and Saturday, December 3-4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Tickets $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public

A showcase of dance works featuring the choregraphic talents of senior dance majors.  

February 2022

Pipeline
By Dominique Morisseau
Wednesday, February 9 through Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Johnston Studio Theatre
Tickets:  Wednesday and Thursday $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public;
Friday through Sunday $8 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public
Johnson Studio Theatre, Johnson Hall

Pipeline explores the brokenness of the American public-school system by sharing the story of Nya, and inner-city public high school teacher.  Nya believes in giving her students everything she has, but is persistent in making sure that her son, Omari, is provided with the opportunities that her students will never be able to have.  When an incident occurs at Omari's upstate private school which threatens to change his life forever, Nya must reflect on her actions as a parent and the reasons for her son's outburst.  
This production contains mature content and language and is not suitable for children.  


Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Wednesday, February 16 through Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public
Johnson Theatre, Johnson Hall

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood as a group of young people struggle with questions of morality, sexuality and self-identity.  Set to a punk rock score, this groundbreaking musical personifies the struggles of growing up and finding your own unique voice.  This production contains mature content and language and is not suitable for children.

 

March-April 2022

These Shining Lives
by Melanie Marnich
Wednesday, March 30 through Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday,  April 3, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Wednesday and Thursday $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public;
Friday through Sunday $8 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public
Johnson Studio Theatre, Johnson Hall

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance.  Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits - or endanger the lives of those who come after them.  

 

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
by Lynn Nottage
Wednesday, April 6 through Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Special outreach performance Friday, April 8, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Tickets: $8 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public 
Johnson Theatre, Johnson Hall

It's the Golden Age of Hollywood, and aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career.  Worlds collide when Vera lands a trailblazing role in an antebellum epic starring...her boss.  While Vera's portrayal of a slave turns out to be groundbreaking, decades later scholars and film buffs still grapple with the actress' legacy in Hollywood and the impact that race had on her controversial career.  Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage's fast-paced, sly satire will take you on a seventy-year journey through Vera's life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today.

Student-Directed Spring One-Act Festival
Friday, April 15 through Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public
A lively and entertaining and eclectic mix of one-act plays directed by advanced theatre students.
This production contains mature content and language and is not suitable for children. 


Student Choreography Showcase
Friday, April 15, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Johnson 235 Dance Studio, Johnson Hall

A showcase of dance works featuring the choreographic talents of junior dance majors.  

 

Spring Dance Showcase
Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Special outreach performance Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10 a.m. live and streamed via www.ShowTix4u.com 
Johnson Theatre, Johnson Hall
Tickets: $5 with Winthrop ID/$10 general public

An evening of selected works by students, faculty, and guest artists. Come see an eclectic showcase of the best of the year's dancing in the Department of Theatre and Dance. A variety of dance styles will be featured.  

High School students, students at other universities and senior citizens (65+) should inquire at the box office about special prices.  

For reservations, call the theatre and dance box office at 803/323-4014 or e-mail boxoffice@winthrop.edu. The Box Office is open one hour before curtain and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. (M-F) throughout the week when each production is running.

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Last Updated: 7/7/21