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08/27/2015

Theatre and Dance Brings Silver Screen Favorites to the Stage in New Season

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 The season will include six plays, two one-act productions and two dance performances.

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Promo photo of last season's "Reasons to be Pretty."

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — You may have seen “Legally Blonde,” “The 39 Steps” or “Jane Eyre” on the big screen, but now you can see these three productions on the stage during Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2015-16 season.

The season promises re-introductions to characters that audience members may already know and love, like Jane Eyre; glimpses into horrific working conditions; and, in a story ripped right out of news headlines, a school scandal revolving around a videotaped sexual encounter, among others.

Don’t miss out on this exciting new season, beginning Sept. 30.

The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 30-Oct. 3
“Jeffrey” by Paul Rudnick

8 p.m. in Johnson Studio Theatre.
Jeffrey’s top priority in life is physical gratification, and he is absolutely fine with that. After surprising himself by swearing to celibacy, Jeffrey meets the man of his dreams, who happens to be HIV-positive. This romantic comedy balances humor and love with the threat of tragedy around the corner in one moving production.
Tickets: $5 with a Winthrop ID and $10 without Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Other show times are $8 with a Winthrop ID and $15 for the public.

Oct. 7-11
“Jane Eyre” adapted by Polly Teale

8 p.m. Oct. 7-11 and 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in Johnson Theatre.
Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel “Jane Eyre” has gripped readers for years with its gothic atmosphere, engaging mystery and the love story between Jane and Mr. Rochester. Mistreated by her aunt after her parents pass away, the title character attends boarding school and later secures a governess position at the estate of Mr. Rochester. See what happens next in this production adapted for the stage.
Tickets: $8 with a Winthrop ID and $15 for the public.

Oct. 28-Nov. 1
“The 39 Steps” adapted by Patrick Barlowe

8 p.m. Oct. 28-31 and 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in Johnson Studio Theatre.
“The 39 Steps” is originally a novel by John Buchan, but it is most known for famous director Alfred Hitchcock’s movie adaptation. A man finds himself in quite the situation when he tries to help a spy prevent another group of spies from stealing secret information. Wrongfully accused of murder, he goes on the run.
Tickets: $5 with a Winthrop ID and $10 without Oct. 28-29. Other show times are $8 with a Winthrop ID and $15 for the public.

Feb. 17-21
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” adapted by Heather Hach

8 p.m. Feb. 17-20 and 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in Johnson Theatre.
We all fell in love with law school stand-out and delightfully blonde Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon in the blockbuster film. Now see Woods on stage as she tackles stereotypes, scandals and a murder case with this fun musical.
Tickets: $10 with a Winthrop ID or $15 for the public.

March 23-27
“Good Boys and True” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

8 p.m. March 23-26 and 2 p.m. March 27 in Johnson Studio Theatre.
On the surface, Brandon Hardy has it all: he’s brilliant, athletic and charming, the star of St. Joe’s Preparatory School. But when he becomes the center of a scandal involving a videotaped sexual encounter, his mother must discover the truth about her son.
Tickets: $5 with a Winthrop ID and $10 without March 23-24. Other show times are $8 with a Winthrop ID and $15 for the public.

April 6-10
“Slaughter City” by Naomi Wallace

8 p.m. April 6-9 and 2 p.m. April 10 in Johnson Theatre.
Kentucky playwright Naomi Wallace shines a bright and unforgiving light on the stressful working conditions of factory floor workers.
$8 with a Winthrop ID and $15 without.

Other theatre and dance productions this year include:

*The Fall One-Act Festival on Nov. 20-21 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21-22 at 2 p.m. Johnson Studio Theatre. $8 with a Winthrop ID or $15 for the public.
*Senior Choreography Showcase on Dec. 4-5 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Johnson Theatre. $5 with a Winthrop ID or $10 without.
*Spring One-Act Festival on April 15-16 at 8 p.m. or April 16-17 at 2 p.m. Johnson Studio Theatre. $8 with a Winthrop ID or $15 for the public.
*Student Choreography Showcase on April 22-23 at 8 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m. $5 with a Winthrop ID or $10 without.

For more information, contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at 803/323-2287.

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