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Shoestring Players At USC Upstate To Perform “You Can’t Take It With You”

09- 04- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform You Can’t Take It With You October 1–3 at 8:00 p.m. and October 4 at 3:00 p.m. You Can't Take It with You is a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

“We have cast an unbelievably talented group of actors for this production of You Can’t Take It With,” said Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate. “What makes it even more outstanding is this production features eight freshman students. USC Upstate is fortunate to have such an array of gifted theatre students from which to choose.”

The cast includes: Richard Friedberg of Spartanburg as Grandpa; Tiffany Marler, of Fountain Inn and a USC Upstate student, as Penny; Megan Wirth, of Austin, Texas and a USC Upstate student, as Alice; Townsend Reynolds, a USC Upstate freshman from Charleston as Tony; Carlton Brock, a USC Upstate freshman from Moore as Max; Conrad Bromberek, of Sharpsburg, Georgia and a USC Upstate student, as Paul; Chandler Crawford, a USC Upstate freshman from Rock Hill as Mr. DePinna; Ahsha Daniels, of Irmo and a USC Upstate student, as Gay Wellington; Nicholas Everett, of Midland, Michigan and a USC Upstate student, as Ed; Felicia Glidden, a USC Upstate freshman from Travelers Rest as Essie; Daniel Gorski, of Spartanburg and a USC Upstate student, as Kolenkhov; Joell Gwinn, a USC Upstate freshman from Duncan as Mrs. Kirby; Neill Hance, of Greenville and assistant professor of theatre at USC Upstate, as Mr. Kirby; Michael Jankowski of  Dallas, Texas as Henderson; Julia LeJeune, a USC Upstate freshman from Moore as Olga; Ashley McFadden, a USC Upstate freshman from Columbia as Rheba; Sha’Rone Scott, a USC Upstate freshman from Greer as Donald; Steven Shuler of Greenville as Jimm; and John Sutton from Greensboro, NC as Man 1.

Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate, is director. Cory Granner, of Greenville and a USC Upstate student, is serving as stage manager. Amanda Frierson of Gulf Coast, Mississippi is the assistant director.

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before you realize that if they are mad, then the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores find it hard to realize Alice's view. Tony knows the Sycamores live the right way with love and care for each other, while his own family is the one that's crazy. In the end, Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores particularly since he happens in during a visit by the ex-Grand Duchess of Russia, Olga Katrina, who is currently earning her living as a waitress.

For additional information, contact Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5621 or rrobinson@uscupstate.edu.

To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. Ticket prices are $4 for students, staff and students and $6 for general public.