COLUMBIA — These are the cultural activities taking place at USC Columbia over the next four months.
Through Feb. 27 — “Scapin”
Theatre South Carolina presents “Scapin,” an adaptation of one of Molière’s final plays that was an instant hit when it premiered Off-Broadway. The farce introduces us to the trickster servant Scapin, whose expertise in scheming is call upon by Octave and Leander, two desperate guys trying escape arranged marriages. With the help of an accomplice, Scapin spins an elaborate deception to help them out and, at the same time, achieve some payback for himself.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 803-777-2551, or go to www.cas.sc.edu/THEA.
Tickets are $18 general public; $16 university faculty and staff, military and seniors (60 and above); and $12 students and are available at the Longstreet box office by calling 803-777-2551. The box office is located in Longstreet Theatre.
Through Feb. 27 — “Mad Forest”
“Mad Forest,” Caryl Churchill’s dynamic drama, will be showcased at the Center for Performance Experiment. Churchill’s drama shines a light on the lives of two families living through the 1989 Romanian Revolution, an uprising which resulted in the toppling of the country’s oppressive Communist regime. “Mad Forest” explores the reactions of ordinary people to the revolt’s confused events, revealing the dreadful damage done to people’s lives by repression and the painful difficulties of lasting change.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. The Center for Performance Experiment is located at 718 Devine Street, near the Colonial Life Arena.
Feb. 25-28 — “Still Life”
Lab Theatre presents “Still Life” in the Booker T. Washington Theatre. An Obie Award-winner, “Still Life” is a searing examination on the impact of war on individuals and families. Developed from interviews of soldiers and their families in the wake of the Vietnam War, the script provides unflinching portraits of Mark, a troubled veteran suffering a difficult adjustment to civilian life; his wife, Cheryl, who struggles to keep her family together in spite of Mark’s violent outbursts; and Nadine, the cynical friend who becomes entangled in their conflicted relationship. “Still Life” contains adult language and content which is not suitable for children.
Performances start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available only at the door. The Lab Theatre is located at the newly renovated Booker T. Washington Building, 1400 Wheat St., across from Blatt PE Center.
Feb. 26-28 — “The Barber of Seville”
Opera at USC performs “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville) Drayton Hall. The antics of the delightfully cunning barber Figaro come to life in Rossini’s much-loved comic opera. The production boasts some of the most entertaining and well-known arias in the opera repertoire.
From trickery and disguises to serenading in the moonlight, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” is filled with liveliness and comedy at every twist and turn. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. General admission tickets are $25; DISCOUNTS: seniors, USC faculty/staff and military $20; students $7. Purchase online at www.sc.edu/music/opera, call 803-777-5369 or purchase at the door.
Through Feb. 26 — Juried student exhibition
McMaster Gallery hosts the 61st annual Juried Student Exhibition, which includes original artworks of various mediums produced by current undergraduate and graduate students. Micheala Pilar Brown, a local professional artist, curated the exhibition. McMaster Gallery is located in the School of Visual Art and Design (1615 Senate St.) and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Street parking is available on Pickens, Senate and Henderson streets.
Through March 26 — “USC’s Building and Their Namesakes”
“A Spirit of Place: USC’s Building and Their Namesakes” is at McKissick Museum. Derek Gruner, USC university architect, says a university campus shapes “the scholastic experience, creates a ‘spirit of place’ and ultimately gives form to our memories.”
The University of South Carolina is a perfect example of this claim. More than 100 significant buildings have graced the campus, many of them named for individuals with an historic connection to the university or the state. This exhibit presents artifacts from these namesakes and their buildings, past and present.
Highlights include William Preston’s cane, mourning jewelry from the family of James Petrigru, doorknobs from South Caroliniana Library and a veilblock from the Honeycombs. Free.
Through April 23 — “Identi-Tee: Beyond the White T-Shirt”
This exhibition at McKissick Museum examines the White T-Shirt. “Identi-Tee: Beyond the White T-Shirt” traces the evolution of the simple white T-shirt into a casual wardrobe staple over the past 100 years. The also exhibition considers different cultures that wear T-shirts, the time periods that forged new cultural meanings for them, prominent people who donned them and the historical moments that made the t-shirt an important symbol of youth, activism, and change. The museum is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.
Through March 31 — Pat Conroy: A Retrospective
The first major exhibit of the newly acquired Pat Conroy Collection features numerous photographs, manuscripts, first-edition books, screenplays, correspondence, posters and book art and other illustrations.
Additionally, the exhibit showcases the papers of Eugene Norris, Conroy’s high school English teacher, mentor and close friend. Norris, a staunch supporter of equal rights, wrote about the early Civil Rights movement. His papers include many of his writings. The Hollings Special Collection Library is accessed through the Thomas Cooper Library and is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Through July 16 — “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina”
The state’s history presents a landscape that is rooted in unique geography, social institutions, economic challenges and cultural diversity, all of which have shaped contemporary traditional music in the Palmetto State.
For hundreds of years, musician and singers have mingled and traditions collided. Through these shared sensibilities, vibrant music traditions formed that are relevant, fluid and culturally significant in the 21st century. McKissick Museum is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
This story was provided by the University of South Carolina.