of South Carolina

2017-2018 SEASON

All shows will be presented at Workshop Theatre's Performance Space located at Cottingham Theatre on the campus of Columbia College | 1301 Columbia College Drive | Columbia, SC

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by Marc Camoletti; translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans.

March 16-17, 21-24 at 8 pm; March 18 & 25 at 3 pm

Directed by Frank Thompson

Bernard, an American businessman living in Paris, smoothly juggles love affairs with three air hostesses (as they were called back in the 60s), who touch down briefly but amorously in his apartment between flights. There’s Gloria, the stunning American stewardess; Gabriella, the sexy Italian stewardess; and Gretchen, the passionate German dominatrix stewardess. Thanks to Bernard’s keen study of flight schedules and the efficiency of his grumbling French housekeeper, Bertha, his three mistresses have no clue of one another’s existence. But when Bernard’s old school-pal Robert arrives from the Boonies, things get bumpy. Schedule changes, flight delays and chaos ensue in this hysterical, high-flying fiancée-fueled fiasco!


April 13, 14, 20, & 21 at 8 pm and April 15 at 3 pm - BUY TICKETS

Come along for a swingin’ time with Kevin Bush, Terrance Henderson, Jonathan Jackson, and Jason Stokes as they reunite at Workshop for the first time in ten years to continue the Rat Pack traditions of singing a little, drinking a little, and having a whole lotta fun!

The show will be performed at Spears Concert Hall on the Columbia College Campus (1301 Columbia College Dr - Columbia, SC 29203)


by Lorraine Hansberry

April 27-28, May 2-5 at 8 pm; April 29 & May 6 at 3 pm

Directed by Jocelyn Sanders

Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.


by Michele Lowe

May 18-19, 23-26 at 8 pm; May 20 & 27 at 3 pm

Directed by Zsuzsa Manna

Michele Lowe's radiant play explores the possibilities that open up in the lives of an array of women as they come into contact with a certain strand of pearls. While the pearls are stolen, bought, bestowed, unstrung and nearly lost, four actresses play 27 characters in this deeply moving drama that is as fresh as it is funny. On the eve of her granddaughter Amy's wedding, Beth asks to see the pearls she gave Amy's mother long ago. When Amy cannot produce them, Beth determines to find the pearls. She takes us back to the time when she received them and then gave them to her daughter, who passed them on to her dearest friend Ela who lost them one Sunday morning. Spanning 35 years, the pearls touch the lives of mothers and daughters, sisters and friends, even husbands and wives as they weave a deeply affecting story of love and loss. Mature audiences only

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Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

June 21-24, 2018

Directed by Hans Boeschen
Music Direction by Jordan Harper
Choreography by Katie Hilliger

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.