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Three Sisters ThumbnailThree Sisters, By Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

April 2-4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. / April 5, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre

Discover the humor and heartbreak of one of the world’s greatest plays, revealed through the lyricism of a leading voice in contemporary theatre: two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.

Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sisters—school teacher Olga, unhappily married Masha, idealistic Irina—yearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. Three Sisters is the portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams.

Ticket Sales Begin August 20, 2020

$8 General Admission
$4 Faculty, Staff and Students

Tickets available online or at the Performing Arts Center box office

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS (convenience fee applies)

Elf the Musical ThumbnailElf the Musical, By book written by Bob Martin and Thomas Mehan
Music by Matthew Sklar  Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

November 19-21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. / November 22, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre

Based on a book written by Bob Martin and Thomas Mehan, Elf - The Musical follows the journey of Buddy, the elf, who travels from the North Pole to New York City to find his biological father, Walter Hobbs.  Buddy not only meets his father, a children’s book publisher, and Walter’s family, but meets and falls in love with Jovie, a young department store “elf”.

This upbeat theatrical musical, made popular in film version with Will Ferrell as Buddy, has 12 original songs composed by Matthew Skylar and lyricist Chad Bequilin.  The songs revolve around love, family, the magic of Christmas, and, of course, Santa Claus, who narrates this nine-character story.  The magic of Elf - The Musicais, according to the producers, about “faith, truth and believing in something real.” 

Ticket Sales Begin August 20, 2020

$10 General Admission
$5 Faculty, Staff and Students

Tickets available online or at the Performing Arts Center box office

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS (convenience fee applies)

Voices to Hear Rotterdam ThumbnailVoices to Hear: A Diversity/Inclusion Reading
Rotterdam, By John Brittan

February 4 & 5, 2021 at 7 p.m. / February 6, 2021 at 3 p.m.

Performing Arts Center - Studio Theatre

It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay.  But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one.

Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask…does this mean she’s straight?

A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.


NOTE: This reading contains adult language not suitable for children.


Ticket Sales Begin December 7, 2020

$4 General Admission (Donations accepted at the door)

Tickets available online or at the Performing Arts Center box office


Voices to Hear is a new staged reading series here at USC Upstate that shines a light on recent works from both upcoming and established playwrights whose voices may not be heard otherwise. It focuses on diverse characters, themes, and cultures that may not be experienced or appreciated within the confines of the mainstream, commercial theatre.

Sweat ThumbnailSweat, By Lynn Nottage
February 25-27, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. / February 28, 2021 at 3 p.m.

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Ticket Sales Begin December 7, 2020

$8 General Admission
$4 Faculty, Staff and Students

Tickets available online or at the Performing Arts Center box office

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS (convenience fee applies)

Measure for Measure, By William ShakespeareThree Sisters Thumbnail
April 8-10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. / April 11, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre

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. Shakespeare treats these themes through drama and comedy. In fact, this play is a great example of an early version of tragicomedy. Measure for Measure raises more issues than it resolves. There is no solid demarcation between good and bad. You can’t help but feel ambiguous about these well-crafted characters ensnared in the complicated plot twists.

Ticket Sales Begin December 7, 2020

$8 General Admission
$4 Faculty, Staff and Students

Tickets available online or at the Performing Arts Center box office

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS (convenience fee applies)


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