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*This is a reprise production for submission to the 2021 International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) in London, England. A pre-recorded performance will be submitted to IYAF.

A group of students gets up in the morning, jumping into the expected cycle of every school day--but today, the school they go to is part of a larger, terrifying cycle of mass shootings. In a series of connected scenes and monologues that occur before, during, and after the event, young people of all stripes piece together what is happening and why. With fire, humor, and power, Declaration gives students a voice to ask whether the promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" can be fulfilled, crouched behind a barricaded classroom door.

Performances will be held in Room 117 of the USC Upstate College of Arts & Sciences Building. Admission is $5 and tickets must be purchased in advance. RSVP here! Seating is limited. Masks and social distancing required upon entry.

*This production contains strong emotional content, adult language and simulated gunfire.

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Pre-recorded performance

"Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure; Like doth quit like, and measure still for measure." (Act V, Scene I)

In all Shakespeare’s canon, "Measure for Measure" is among one of the most passionately discussed plays. This play deals with power and its abuse; with morality and its corruption; with sexual harassment and its damage; and, with basic fairness and how it’s manipulated: "some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall."

We invite those of you who were unable to attend a live performance the opportunity to view a pre-recorded performance of Measure for Measure. You can view the recording here. (Please note that the recording does not play automatically. You will need to click the triangle play button at the bottom of your screen.)

We hope you enjoy the performance. We look forward to being back on the Main Stage in the fall and hope to see you all there for another great season.

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