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2013-2014 SEASON
by Rebecca Gilman
September 19-28 @ 7:30 pm & September 28 @ 3pm
directed by Gwendolyn Schwinke
Edwards Theatre


Dana Fielding has hit bottom. Her gallery showing flops, and her boyfriend flees from her mounting depression and paranoia. A failed suicide attempt lands her in a psychiatric ward, where she begins enjoying the routines. When she discovers her cut-rate insurance will only pay for a 10-day stay without a more “serious” diagnosis, she takes on the personality of Darryl Strawberry, famous and troubled baseball star who has the “sweetest swing in baseball.” Two fellow patients help Fielding memorize statistics and fool the doctors into diagnosing her pseudo-psychosis. Gilman’s play shows how "we define one another, measure success and failure, raise celebrities up and tear them down, and create different personas to cope with all the craziness of having a public identity." (Boston Globe) 

by Neil LaBute
October 10-19 @ 7:30 pm & 19 @ 3 pm
directed by Robin Edwards-Russell
Edwards Theatre


This modern adaptation of Adam and Eve, The Shape of Things, traces Adam Sorenson’s transformation at the hands of Evelyn Ann Thompson, a graduate student in art. Adam, shy and overweight, is coached by Evelyn to take increasingly dramatic lengths to improve his physical appearance – from regularly exercising to cosmetic surgery. But why is Evelyn so insistent that he abandon his friends and strong convictions? LaBute’s intense and disturbing tale dissects the ethics and power in human relationships and the space between art and life, creation and manipulation

Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Based on a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante
October 31- November 16 @ 7:30 pm & November 9 & 16 @ 3 pm
directed by John Woodson
choreography by Adam Pelty
music Direction by Michael Gribbin
79th Avenue Theatre at the Myrtle Beach Higher Education Center


Seventeen Broadway dancers audition for coveted spots on a chorus line in this musical set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre. A Chorus Line profiles the dancers and choreographers, their life events and decisions that have led them to this moment – waiting for the next break. Winner of nine Tony Awards, this musical deconstructs the anonymous ensemble to reveal the individual struggles, hopes and passions of 17 performers fighting for one thing --- a chance to dance.

book by James Lapine
music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

February 6th - February 15th @ 7:30 pm & February 15th @ 3 pm
directed by Monica Bell
choreographed by Becky Timms
music direction by Michael Gribbin
Wheelwright Auditorium


The forests are not always what they seem in Sondheim’s spellbinding, romantic, and brilliant Into the Woods.  Who knew Cinderella was so apathetic? Or that Little Red was so spiteful? In Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award® winning Into The Woods, your favorite Brothers Grimm fairytales are flipped upside down…and given a hefty dose of reality to boot. You might think you know the real stories of Little Red, Cinderella, Jack, and Rapunzel, but when the Baker and his wife learn they have been cursed by a witch, their quest to break the spell will cause fairytales to collide. As expected, wishes are granted and dreams come true, but in this edgy, tongue-in-cheek musical ‘happily ever after’ is just the beginning.

by Beth Henley
Feb. 20th - March 1 @ 7:30 pm & March 1 @ 3 pm
directed by Steve Earnest
79th Avenue Theatre at the Myrtle Beach Higher Education Center


Three eccentric sisters, a husband who’s been shot, and a lawyer with a vendetta: the recipe for a birthday gone perfectly wrong. Family cruelty has never been more casually dealt than in Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern Gothic screwball comedy. Ebullience abounds in the MaGrath home, even as this Mississippi family faces a veritable heap of misfortune. Touching, tragic, and daffy, Crimes of the Heart is a darkly comic family feud of epic proportions.

by Frederico Garcia Lorca
April 3rd - 12th @ 7:30 pm & April 12th @ 3 pm
directed by Matthew Earnest
Edwards Theatre


Devastating romance, a clash between desire and tradition, a rich paean to the Spanish soil and its culture of passion and ritual — Lorca’s tour de force is all of these things.

Two households, both alike in dignity—in rural Spain—are bound by a history of murder and revenge in Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic of twentieth century theatre. The only living son of a widow plans to marry the daughter of a neighboring landowner, but the former lover of his intended bride belongs to the family that killed his father and brother. Inspired by a newspaper article detailing a bride being spirited away by her groom’s enemy, the play examines the tragic results of repressed desire pitted against honor and tradition. 


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