By Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts
Directed by Robin Gottlieb | Musical Direction by Randy Moore | Choreography by Anita Ashley
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change returns to the Thigpen Main Stage for the first time since 2002! Now with an updated script to reflect love in these modern times, this crowd-pleasing comedy takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.”
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Jocelyn Sanders
Intimate Apparel, set in 1905 in turn of the century New York, tells the story of Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman who makes her living sewing beautiful corsets and ladies’ undergarments. Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
How the Mothers Stole Christmas – December 9-11, 2021
Jingle Bell Jazz – December 15-16, 2021
Trustus Holiday Party – December 19, 2021
By Jonathan Larson
Directed by Dewey Scott-Wiley | Musical Direction by Chris Cockrell | Choreography by Terrance Henderson
Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick… Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors and a band, Tick, Tick… Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.
By Terry Guest
Directed by Terrance Henderson
Courtney Berringers would like to welcome you to her wake! But—make no mistake—this ain’t your grandma’s funeral. At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen is a one-act play about Blackness, southern queerness, and the fine art of drag. From African Gods and Goddesses to Trina and Whitney Houston, At the Wake thoughtfully uses storytelling, drama and drag to explore identity, illness, and the narratives we construct for ourselves. Come party at the wake. Bring your own heels!
By Clare Barron
Directed by Abigail McNeely
Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at Nationals in Tampa Bay. A play about ambition, growing up, and how to find our souls in the heat of it all. Finalist of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
By Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Directed by Dewey Scott-Wiley | Musical Direction by Randy Moore
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?
Composure, By Jason Stokes, Directed by Jason Stokes
House Calls, by Charlie Finesilver, Directed by Ginny Ives
The Trustus Playwrights’ Festival is commissioning two plays about true Columbia events that were scribed by local playwrights, Jason Stokes and Charlie Finesilver. Composure, by Stokes, tells the story of the murder of State Newspaper Founder Narcisco Gonzales at the hands of Lt. Governor Tillman, and the trial that followed. House Calls, The Strange Tale of Dr. Gale by Finesilver, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gayle – a successful psychiatrist turned burglar who stole over $500,000 worth of guns, antiques, rate coins, jewelry, and other loot from the residents of Forest Acres in the 1970’s. Both shows will be performed in repertory, with performances alternating nightly.