Regional Theater of the Week: Centre Stage in Greenville, SC
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This Week's Featured Regional Theater: Centre Stage in Greenville, SC
Founded in 1983, by Douglas P. McCoy (1937-2005), Centre Stage is a year-round, 285-seat regional theater offering a wide range of entertainment within easy walking distance of historic Falls Park and the many shops and restaurants that line downtown Greenville's Main Street corridor. Augmenting its subscription season of music, comedy and drama, the theater also hosts art exhibitions, chamber music concerts, independent film screenings, guest lectures, galas and other special events inside a state-of-the-art performance facility noted for its unique configuration, comfort and intimacy.
Members in good standing of Actors Equity Association (AEA) work at Centre Stage under the AEA Guest Artist Contract, which determines compensation and certain working conditions. A copy of the theater's compensation policy for non-Equity professionals may be obtained by contacting the business office.
Centre Stage is known for its original works which began under the guidance of Doug McCoy. His original works include: 1957 Diva Heaven; The Best of Boots; Boots, Beer & Country Music; Boots, Beer, Bubble Gum & Loafers; Tony and the Diva's; and A Diva Holiday. CSSC has continued this successful run with Country Queens, Rock 'n Roll Heaven I & II and Kings of Country and Their Queens. CSSC will continue to put original productions in their season lineups for many years to come.
Today, Centre Stage productions draw on both local and regional talent and its programming places particular emphasis on new works and established works of the modern repertoire. Its annual New Play Festival (NPF) receives hundreds of submissions from playwrights around the country and abroad. NPF finalists are presented in readers theater format during the week-long festival. Playwright Lee Blessing (2007 NPF Playwright-in-Residence) has described the festival as "one of the most important elements of contemporary play development (in) the region."
From its refusal to compromise artistic standards to its consistent focus on every detail of the patron experience, Centre Stage strives to create an atmosphere that excites, energizes and elevates each person with whom it comes in contact. This is the brand of professional theater to which Centre Stage subscribes ... and one we hope you'll give us the opportunity to demonstrate to you in the very near future.
The first productions to kick off the 2013-2014 season are LEND ME A TENOR and UNNECESSARY FARCE, playing in rotation, September 19 - November 16, 2013.
LEND ME A TENOR is set in 1934. Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation is primed to appear for one night only as Otello. He arrives late and through a hilarious series of mishaps passes out and our protagonist, the mild mannered Max, must go on in Il Stupendo's stead. This madcap screwball comedy will leave you teary-eyed with laughter!
UNNECESSARY FARCE features a cheap hotel room, two cops, three crooks, and eight doors combine with a whole lot of lies and videotape and even a little sex appeal to create this smash hit of non-stop laughter! You'll be laughing within the first 60 seconds and good luck catching your breath for the next two hours!
The cast includes: David Bean, Leah Thomas, Debra Capps, Jerry Witty, Daniel Martlatt, Beau Phillips and Jan Anderson.
The rest of the 2013-2014 season includes:
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