The University of South Carolina Upstate Shoestring Players will perform “The Pursuit of U.S.” in the Studio Theatre, located in the Performing Arts Center. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. August 21-22 and at 3 p.m. August 23.
The devised theatre piece considers the futility and complexity of the American dream through the eyes of several couples in America. The troupe set out to critique various aspects of America in order to discover the obstacles that hinder the pursuit of happiness through humor, drama, and movement. The troupe asks: “what does it take to cut the strings that freedom is bound by?”
The cast and crew includes: Townsend Reynolds of Charleston, Chauncey Meeks-Owens of Spartanburg, Chris Smith of Goose Creek, Candice Owens of Easley, Stephanie Ibbotson of Greer, Harley Bevill of Greer, Destini Anderson of Moncks Corner, and Anthony Gregory of Boiling Springs.
The “Pursuit of U.S.” was one of five performances short-listed for the “Best of Fest” award during the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston Upon Thames in the United Kingdom. The award recognizes the best theatrical performances in the entire festival as voted on by the audiences who attended.
“This group of theatre students were excellent ambassadors and true professionals having demonstrated their creative abilities, collaborative spirit, and drive to create an important piece of theatre with a serious message from the beginning of the process,” said director Lee Neibert, assistant professor of theatre at USC Upstate.
A $2 minimum donation is requested for admission. Seating is limited. For tickets, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (864) 503-5695 or email your ticket requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Box Office hours are from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Intended for mature audiences due to strong language.
About the Shoestring Players
Recognized both nationally and internationally, the Shoestring Players have produced theatrical performances on the USC Upstate campus for more than 40 years. The troupe was recognized by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel with a 2015 Commendation for the Acting Company for ensemble performances of “Memigery.”