580 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Box Office (864) 596-9725
Hazel B. Abbott Theater
Laird Studio Theater
Daniel Recital Hall
Converse Opera Theatre: Alcina
Thu. Jan. 24, 2019 – Sat. Jan. 26, 2019
Daniel Recital Hall
The sorceress Alcina inhabits a world made up of the souls of her past lovers. Her kingdom is in reality a desert – a lifeless place of no moral compass into which she lures her unsuspecting victims. Alcina sets her sights on warrior Ruggiero, who has fallen under her spell. Alcina begins to fall in love with him and wants to keep him as close to her as possible. The more Ruggiero works to free himself from her spells, the more Alcina loses her seductive power. Alcina becomes trapped between the desire for vengeance and the pain of not being loved.
Adult Admission $15
Senior Admission $12
Student Admission $10
GROWING OLD: FOOD AND ORAL HISTORY IN PERFORMANCE/Theatre Converse
Thu. Feb. 21, 2019 – Sat. Feb. 24, 2019
– devised and directed by Chandra Owenby Hopkins
Original devised theatre production, Growing Old: Food and Oral History in Performance, a collaborative creation between student participants of Converse and elderly community participants of Spartanburg. Beginning with a commitment to service, shared community, and the embodied knowledge both college-age and elderly bodies hold, Growing Old engages the memories and stories of both elderly women and young women to explore the centrality of food in our lives as young and old women, to address food insecurity in the American South and the social isolation of elderly community members, and to embrace the intimate ways in which food is central to the social fabric of southern women’s lives.
Performances February 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 pm and February 24 at 2:30 pm.
1776 THE MUSICAL/Theatre Converse
Wed. May 1, 2019 – Sun. May 5, 2019
– by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards, directed by Melissa Owens
The future of Theatre is invested in what used to be called subversive ideas; gender-swapping is now a tool, people of color now play historically white individuals, and Converse College embraces these contemporary choices as we deconstruct one of Broadway’s beloved musical classics. In the current climate of extreme political polarization, do “certain unalienable rights” of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” exist for all Americans today, as our Declaration hopefully stated 252 years ago?
Theatre Converse’s 1776 the Musical will let the female voice, the multiracial voice, and the voice of youth reexamine our nation’s birth. We speculate, America’s birth has never seemed this fresh!
Performances May 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 pm and May 5 at 2:30 pm.