Shoestring Players Present Carson McCullers’ “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

November 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” a play by Rebecca Gilman based on the novel by Carson McCullers, on November 17 – 20 in the theatre in the Humanities & Performing Arts Center. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $4 for students, staff and faculty, and $6 for the general public. To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., or Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m., at (864) 503-5695.

At the play’s center is John Singer, a lonely deaf man, who becomes the confidant to a constellation of disparate souls—an angry carnival worker, a crusading physician, the owner of a failing café and a fourteen-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, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” examines loneliness, the human need for understanding, and our search for love.

The cast of the play includes Alex De Luna as Antonapolous/Mill Worker; Ashley McFadden  as Portia; Chandler Crawford  as Jake Blount; Chris Smith as Harry; Cody Bruce  as Patient; Coe Dantzler as Preacher; Herbert Johnson as Dr. Copland; Jordyn Chelf as Mick Kelly; Joshua Whitaker as Charles Parker/Millworker; Kalib Law as Willie; Michael Chastain as Mr. Kelly; Patric L. Phillips as John Singer; Ryan Barry as Deputy; Seth Kemp as Deputy; Taylor Smith as Hospital Attendant; and Townsend Reynolds as Biff Brannon.

The play’s crew includes: Julia LeJeune, stage manager; Nick Whitworth, lighting designer; Jennifer Latto, costume designer; Jimm Cox, director; Barry Whitfield, set designer; Michael Dickins, projection imagery/designer; Richard Mahler, sound designer; Joelle Gwinn, light board operator; Brittany Volker, sound board operator; Bethany Lancaster, props;

Leah James and Amber Alison, assistant stage managers; Alex De Luna and Jonathan Johnson, crew; Heather Walker and Sarah Nagy, wardrobe; Lee Neibert, vocal/dialect coach; Kayla Brooke Martin, graphic designer; and Leonard Earl Wright, signing coach.    

For further information, contact Michael Dickins, box office manager, at (864) 503-5848 or (864) 503-5695, or