n its 34th Season, Trustus Theatre is exploring the human condition through theatrical works that have been adapted from award-winning source material. They are bringing productions to Columbia that focus on the incredible strength and integrity that humans exhibit, shown through stories that focus on conquering walls, taking adventures, making discoveries, and taking courageous chances. This season features award-winning scripts, a production back by popular demand, and the Trustus Theatre 2018 Playwrights’ Festival Winner. Tickets and Season 34 Flex Passes may be purchased at www.trustus.org, or by calling the Trustus Box Office at 803-254-9732.
Trustus Theatre’s Artistic Director, Chad Henderson, says, “Our upcoming programming will be welcoming to many audiences due to familiarity, and these stories will come to life through the Trustus lens: an artistic approach that values a dedication to matters of the heart, that celebrates creative storytelling, and furthers our commitment to sharing these stories in an intimate and comfortable setting. It might shock some that the same theatre that would produce the political thriller Building the Wall or Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day would produce such well-known material as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby or the musical-comedy Silence! The Musical (the unauthorized parody of “The Silence of the Lambs.”) However, let’s take a moment to consider the times we live in and what the theatre can offer us at this moment: heart, endorphins, therapy, and escape.”
Season 34 begins with Silence! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs by Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan, and Hunter Bell that will run Friday, October 5 through Saturday, November 3, 2018. Remaining Season 34 productions include Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol from November 30 to December 22, 2018; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from January 18 to February 9, 2019; Cost of Living from February 22 to March 2, 2019; 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche from March 8 to 16, 2019; The Great Gatsby from April 5 to 27, 2019; Sweat from May 17 – June 1, 2019; Heathers, The Musical from June 28 to July 27, 2019; Motherhood Out Loud from August 2 – 10, 2019; and Montgomery by Stephen Brown from August 23 to 31, 2019.
Trustus Theatre is bringing some of the most provocative contemporary theatre that you can get in the Midlands. The 34th season includes a Tony Winner for Best Play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and not one, but two Pulitzer Prize Winners for Drama (Sweat and Cost of Living) for theatre patrons to enjoy right here in Columbia. In addition, the season includes several special events. Misery is Optional: Recollections of Recovery is written by Trustus Company Member Dewey Scott-Wiley and Christine Hellman, and will be on the Trustus Main Stage September 5 to 8, 2018. The Love is Love Cabaret was so successful in its first year during Season 33 that it’ll be coming back during Valentine’s Day Weekend 2019. On Friday, June 7, Trustus Theatre’s wildly popular fundraiser, Vista Queen, will be back for its 21st edition.
Flex Passes are availbale for purchase at www.trustus.org, or by calling the Trustus Box Office at 803-254-9732. Trustus Theatre wants to put the power of ticketing right in the audience’s hands. With a Season 34 Flex Pass, you will receive 8 tickets that may be used flexibly over 10 productions (7 on the Main Stage, 3 in the Side Door Theatre.) This is the best opportunity to ensure prime seats and tickets for the season—Flex Pass holders also receive priority purchasing with a special ticketing window that opens up to them one week prior than ticket sales open to the general public. One Flex Pass is $220 for an adult and $160 for a student.
Tickets for Season 34 will be available for purchase at www.trustus.org, or by calling the Trustus Box Office at 803-254-9732 one month prior to the opening day. For more information and updates on each upcoming production, visit the Trustus Theatre website or social media, or call 803-254-9732.