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The Shoestring Players Present


Compleat Female Stage Beauty

By Jeffrey Hatcher

In 1661, the most famous portrayer of female roles on the London stage was a man, Edward Kynaston. Not only was he the darling of the theatre, but he was also “mistress” to the powerful Duke of Buckingham. Suddenly Margaret Hughes, an unknown woman, played Desdemona at an illegal theatre and King Charles II changed the law to allow women to act. Men who had made their fortunes playing women in the theatre found their lives turned upside down. Brochure Nell Gwynn, the king’s own courtesan, and Maria, Kynaston’s former dresser, became stars. His desire for revenge gives him a chance to take the stage again. The New York Times describes it as “A clever exploration of rich territory, the world of the English theatre at the seventeenth-century moment when women were first allowed on the stage.”

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Performances will be held in the Main Stage Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Please Join Us
September 29 - October 1, 2016 at  8 p.m.
October 2, 2016  at 3 p.m.

General Admission - $8
Faculty/Staff/Student - $4 (MUST SHOW I.D,)
(Small bills appreciated)

*This production contains adult language and situations and is not suitable for children.

For reservations please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at boxoffice@uscupstate.edu.
or Call us at 503-5695.
Open: Monday – Friday from 1 - 5 p.m.



Shoestring Players BW 

Announcing the Shoestring Players
2016 - 2017 Season

Compleat Female Stage Beauty
By: Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by: Jimm Cox
Dates:September 29 –
October 1, 2016, 8 p.m.  
October 2, 2016, 3 p.m.

August 22, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.

Don't Drink the Water
By: Woody Allen
Directed by: Rich Robinson
Dates: November 10 – 12, 2016, 8 p.m.
November 13, 2016, 3 p.m.

October 3, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Bluest Eye
Adaptation by: Lydia R. Diamond
Novel by: Toni Morrison
Directed by: Lee Neibert
Dates: February 23 – 25, 2017, 8 p.m.
February 26, 2017, 3 p.m.

January 12, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Music and Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by: Jimm Cox
Dates: April 6 – 8, 2017, 8 p.m.
April 9, 2017, 3 p.m.

January 24, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Golden Shoe Awards Show
Date: April 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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USC Upstate
Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies
Humanities & Performing Arts Center, 125
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5844
Fax: 864-503-5814
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