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Furman Theatre to present “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball”

Furman University Theatre will present Rebecca Gilman’s “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” Nov. 12-15 and 19-22 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Playhouse on campus. Rising star painter Dana Fielding finds herself in a mental institution after her work is met with sharp criticism and her personal relationships implode. Informed that her health insurance will only pay for 10 days’ residency at the institution, Dana concocts a plan to dupe authorities into allowing her more time—she takes on the personality of Darryl Strawberry, a retired baseball player with a history of both success and failure, and who had the ‘sweetest swing in baseball.’


Good review for Furman Theatre production

Lanford Wilson’s “Book of Days” manages to be both a whodunit and a potent commentary on political and religious hypocrisy. The Furman Theatre produced the play this fall, and The Greenville News gave the university production a positive review. Paul Hyde called it “a sharply staged account of this intriguing 1998 drama” and praised both director Jay Oney and the student actors for their efforts.

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“Book of Days” continues through Oct. 4

Furman University Theatre will present Lanford Wilson’s “Book of Days” Oct. 1-4 at 8 p.m., in the Theatre Playhouse on campus. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for students. “Book of Days” is an “Our Town” for the 21st century. In a small Missouri town where the local community theatre is staging “St. Joan,” the lead actress becomes convinced that the accidental death of the town’s leading citizen was actually a murder. As the play unfolds, the true nature of the townspeople is revealed.


Opening a “Book of Days”

Forty students, 151 light cues, 30 sound cues, 120 costumes. In just three-and-a-half weeks, the Furman University Theatre Arts Department has put together a complex whodunit murder mystery that, not only entertains, but takes on some of today’s most controversial issues of relationships, religion, and politics. With several junior and senior theatre arts majors studying […]


Multiplying opportunities

Retired mathematics professor John Poole began his career at Furman University in 1969, the same year that what was then known as the Furman Drama Department moved into The Playhouse. From the beginning, Poole said his mission was to help undergraduate students “see the beauty of mathematics.” His other passion at Furman, a love of […]


The last laugh

French playwright Moliere’s classic play The Imaginary Invalid has always held special meaning for theatre arts professor Rhett Bryson. He was first involved with “Invalid” as a professional actor in Sarasota, Fla. He directed the show at Furman in 1976 and again in 1996. His colleague and friend, theatre arts professor Jay Oney, is reprising […]


My Story, My Voice

She’s been homeless, snatched her meals from trash cans and fought alcohol and drug addiction. “My name is Rose and this is my story,” the 45-year-old Greenville resident recently told a crowd of onlookers. It wasn’t always an easy story to tell. With the support of a new group of friends from the Greenville community […]


Dockery shines in These Shining Lives

Furman University Theatre goes above and beyond in presenting the artfully mastered play by Melanie Marnich, These Shining Lives. Based on true events, this play is set during the industrial revolution of the 1920s and tells the compelling story of four women who find lasting camaraderie while working for the Radium Dial Corporation, painting glowing numbers onto watches.


Furman Theatre to present “These Shining Lives”

The Furman University Theatre will present “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich Feb. 12-15 and Feb. 20-22 at 8 p.m., with matinees at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 23. All shows are performed in the Furman Playhouse on campus. Tickets are $16 general admission, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students. In […]


Cook, NYC playwright and Furman alum, serving as artist-in-residence this fall

It’s not often that college students have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with a true New York playwright—and especially not over the course of an entire semester. This fall, students in Furman’s theatre department have had  the opportunity to take a playwriting course and work on productions with Randall David Cook, a 1991 Furman graduate and playwright.