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Shoestring Players To Perform “Picnic”

10- 27- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform Picnic November 16-18 at 8:15 p.m. and November 19 at 3:15 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

Picnic, sometimes called a great American pastoral classic, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. The play explores life in a small town with a focus on family relationships and the loneliness that permeates most people's lives. Set in shared back yards on Labor Day weekend, the swarthy Hal upsets the lives of a group of women unaccustomed to the influence of his masculinity and struggling with the loneliness and lack of fulfillment in their own lives.

The cast includes Betty Koester as Helen Potts, Will Patterson as Hal Carter, Britney Owen as Millie Owens, James Bond as Bomber, Christina Landrum as Madge Owens, Charisse Krieger as Flo Owens, Emily Kelly as Rosemary Sydney, Bryant Attaway as Alan Seymour, Elicia Bryant as Irma Kronkite, Ahsha Daniels as Christine Schoenwalder, and Joshua R. DeYoung as Howard Bevans.

The play will be guest directed by Monica Bell, a professional actress and director, was most recently seen in the 2006 North Carolina Shakespeare Festival as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Bell has appeared at numerous regional theatres across the country and performed in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and in the U.S. tour of The Bacchae as a company member of the Suzuki Company of Toga. She is a master teacher of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and has held faculty positions at the University of Delaware, Kent State University and The Fine Arts Center in Greenville. Bell is currently on faculty at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Her film and television credits include multiple appearances on “Law and Order,” A Perfect Minute with Martha” (Comedy Central) and the feature film Everything Relative (Sundance Film Festival Honoree). Monica holds a BFA in theatre and cinema from Denison University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee Professional Theatre Training Program.

Ticket prices are $4 for students and $6 for general admission and can be reserved by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (864) 503-5695.