Shoestring Players Announce 2011-2012 Season

September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate recently announced its 2011-2012 season. All shows will be performed in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre on the USC Upstate campus.

The season opens with a performance of a studio production of Vanities. Performances will be held on August 24-27 at 8:00 p.m. and on August 28 at 3:00 p.m. Vanities, a bittersweet comedy, chronicles the lives of Joanne, Kathy and Mary. Living in Texas, they are vivacious cheerleaders and later college sorority sisters. Reuniting years later in New York, the three friends find that their friendship, once well-coordinated as their sweater sets, it is now strained and ambiguous. Tickets are $2 each.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare will be performed October 6-8 at 8:00 p.m. and October 9 at 3:00 p.m. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. Twelfth Night is about illusion, deception, disguises, madness, and the extraordinary things that love will cause us to do—and to see. Shipwrecked on the shore of Illyria, Viola believes her twin brother Sebastian to be drowned. She disguises herself as a boy and enters the service of the love-sick Duke Orsino in hopes that she can find her way in the world. Orsino proceeds to send her to woo the love-resistant Countess Olivia on his behalf. This plan creates a chaos of mis­taken identities and confused desires. Even the pompous Malvolio, duped by the ever inebriated Sir Toby Belch and his mischievous companions, dons his yellow stockings in pursuit of a dream. Ticket prices are $4 for USC Upstate students and employees and $6 for general public.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter will be performed November 17-19 and November 20 at 3:00 p.m. Auditions will be held on Monday, October 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Rebecca Gilman and based on the novel by Carson McCullers, tells the story of John Singer, a lonely deaf man. Singer becomes the confidant to a constellation of disparate souls—an angry carnival worker, a crusading physician, the owner of a failing café, and a 15-year-old girl in love with music—all seeking understanding and compassion from a man desperately in need of understanding himself. Each character confides in Singer, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways they could never imagine. Moving, sensitive and deeply humane, this play examines loneliness, the human need for understanding, and our search for love. Ticket prices are $4 for USC Upstate students and employees and $6 for general public.

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, will be performed February 23-25 at 8:00 p.m. and February 26 at 3:00 p.m. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of an African American family living on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. Recently widowed, Lena Younger receives a life insurance check and plans to buy a house for her family, freeing them from the cramped tenement she shares with her two children, daughter-in-law and grandson. Her son has other ideas. In the struggle that ensues one dream will be fulfilled, another deferred. Will the family collapse or will they seize this opportunity to create a better life? Ticket prices are $4 for USC Upstate students and employees and $6 for general public.

The season ends with the production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The play will be performed April 12-14 at 8:00 p.m. and April 15 at 3:00 p.m. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom. Ticket prices are $5 for USC Upstate students and employees and $7 for general public.

To purchase tickets, call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at USC Upstate, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. For additional information, contact Michael Dickins, Performing Arts Center box office and art gallery manager, at (864) 503-5868 or