Shoestring Players to Hold Auditions for “Compleat Female Stage Beauty”

August 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will hold auditions for “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” from 7 – 9 p.m. Monday, August 22 in the Performing Arts Center Theatre at USC Upstate.

Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, the play centers around Edward “Ned” Kynaston who specializes in female roles like Desdemona in “Othello.” After Charles II is exiled to France, women are now allowed to perform on the stage. The transition is the beginning of the end for Kynaston who struggles with his own gender identity, especially when forced to act like a man on stage and in life.

Those interested in auditioning should come for cold readings from the script. Performance dates are September 29 – October 2.

Professor Jimm Cox will serve as the director for the show. Cox is in his 44th year of teaching in the University of South Carolina System, having taught the past 41 years at USC Upstate. His exceptional leadership of the theatre program has earned it national and international recognition and fostered collaboration that established an exclusive partnership with The Rose Theatre and the American Conservatory Theater both in London, England.

For more information about “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” contact Jimm Cox, professor of theatre, at (864) 503-5697 or at

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 has been recognized twice by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel Commendation for the Acting Company. The troupe has been invited to perform for the seventh year at the International Youth Festival in Kingston Upon Thames in the United Kingdom in summer 2017.