The Market Theatre Company was founded in 2015 to engage with artists and patrons by creating quality entertainment, educational opportunities, and a vibrant community arts hub. The Market offers a full season of theatrical productions, plus concerts, workshops, classes, improv and comedy nights.
The Market Theatre Company is located at the Anderson Arts Center
110 Federal Street, Suite 6
Anderson, SC 29625
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
February 24 – March 12
Directed by Christopher Rose
by Tennessee Williams
An American treasure brimming with intensity and wit, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof follows the powerful Southern family of the aging Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama. As their son Brick and his beautiful wife Maggie “the Cat” scramble to secure their part of Big Daddy’s estate, troubled relationships come to a stormy climax and a shockwave of secrets are revealed.
“…a play of tremendous dramatic impact…enormous theatrical power.” — NY Post; “…Williams has fashioned his most compelling characters.” — NY Journal-American; “…a gripping and intensely moving play.” — NY Times
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
May 19 – June 4
Directed by Terrie West Poore
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin • Book by Heather Hach • Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Omigod you guys! Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by storm in this upbeat story of self-discovery. Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine (and, of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). Elle Woods appears to have it all, but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard, where she struggles with peers, professors, and her ex’s new girlfriend. With the help of new friends and her Greek Chorus, Elle realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. Based on the adored film, Legally Blonde features energetic song and dance with a hilarious book and a heartwarming, uplifting story that everyone can enjoy.
NEXT TO NORMAL
July 7 – 23
Directed by Noah Taylor
Music by Tom Kitt • Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
The Goodmans look like a typical suburban family, but behind their picture-perfect walls, their lives are anything but normal. Diana, wife and mother, has been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years, and the fight is taking its toll on both her and her family. Unflinching and compassionate, Next to Normal will take you into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy, and heart. Featuring an electrifying pop-rock score, Next to Normal was the winner of three 2009 Tony Awards (including Best Musical Score) and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL
October 13 – 29
Directed by Jessie Davis
Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich
Based on the book series by Barbara Park
It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, this delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books will capture hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
December 1 – 17
Directed by Dalton Cole
Adapted by Joe Landry
from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
WELCOME TO THE MOON and other plays
Directed by Emma McSharry
Written by John Patrick Shanley
From the mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley, writer and director of the critically acclaimed play and film Doubt, comes a collection of short plays that examine the full scale of the human condition. Shanley, with a perfect blend of humor and sincerity, shows the audience love and fear, joy and pain, shifting from the cold reality of the real world to the absurd humor of Shanley’s imagination, sometimes within a few lines.
Directed by Jessie Davis
Written by Robert G. Barone
A small group of women living on the fringes of society, wrapped in bandages and loneliness, deal with denial and acceptance of being the unwanted. They are the embodiment of all those who are alienated: the homeless, the poor, the diseased, the unpopular. This is the story of their struggle, persevering with the never ceasing ability to dream and to love.