Converse College Theatre 2016-17 Season

Converse College
580 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Box Office (864) 596-9725
culture.converse.edu

Hazel B. Abbott Theater
Laird Studio Theater
Daniel Recital Hall
Twichell Auditorium


Nov. 16-19, 2016 – Wed.-Sat. at 8 p.m.
Nov. 20, 2016 – Sunday at 2 p.m.
$5 – $10

Hazel B. Abbott Theater

On May 22nd, 1703, a young couple from Osaka took their lives in a love suicide pact. The salaciousness of this event made it big news. Chikamatsu Monaemon ripped the story from the proverbial headlines and wrote his most popular and enduring domestic drama Love Suicides at Sonezaki. Join us for an unforgettable theatre event as we breathe new life into this timeless classic.

Lonely Though We Love will run Wednesday November 16 through Saturday November 19th at 8pm. A matinee performance will be held on Sunday November 20th at 2pm

Theatre Converse will reimagine Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s masterpiece of Japanese theatre in the scintillating style of American film noir. Our production blends traditional bunraku puppetry and bold physical movement to create a shadowy world of secret courtesans and swarthy detectives. This rich tragedy finds new poetic resonance in the hands of our talented artists as the all-consuming costs of forbidden love are revealed.


Wednesday – Saturday, March 1-4, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2 p.m.
$5 – $10
Hazel B. Abbott Theater

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic, this Civil War story of love and family stands the test of time. Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit.



Wed. – Sat., May 3-6, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Twichell Auditorium
$5 – $10

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children Of Eden); and it took the world by storm.

A small group of people helps Jesus Christ tell parables from the book of Matthew by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

Godspell features a parade of beloved songs including “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.” Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. This magical musical experience is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.

Godspell will run Wednesday May 3 through Saturday May 6 at 8pm. A matinee performance will be held on Sunday May 7 at 2pm.

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