Presented by Annex Dance Company
A collection of Annex Dance Company’s repertory that celebrate the resilience of human connection. Students and professionals share the stage in this culminating concert of the company’s residency with the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Artistic Director and Choreographer: Kristin Alexander
Associate Artistic Director: Julie Clark
Company Members: Tara Rooks, Sydni Shaffer, Bethany Willis
Company Apprentices: Taylor Bennett (CofC Dance major), Brice Flowers, Claire Natiez (CofC Dance major)
Residency Participants: Hannah Baker (CofC Dance major), Dylan Horowitz (CofC Dance major), Anya Tran
Lighting Designer: Eddie Frye
Stage Managers: Bethany Willis, Taylor Bennett
Music by Zoe Keating
Performed by Hannah Baker and Sydni Shaffer with Kristin Alexander, Brice Flowers, Dylan Horowitz, Claire Natiez, Tara Rooks, Anya Tran
Excerpt from Behind Beyond Between (2021)
Music by Akira Kosemura, Jack Morer
Performed by Kristin Alexander, Hannah Baker, Brice Flowers, Dylan Horowitz, Claire Natiez, Anya Tran
If I Wrote You (Choreography from The Path Taken) (2015)
Music by Dar Williams, Performed by Ian James and Ashton Boland
Performed by Hannah Baker
Excerpt from Take the A Train (2021)
Music by Miles Davis, Performed by Michael Wall
Artwork by Mary Walker
Performed by Kristin Alexander, Brice Flowers, Dylan Horowitz, Claire Natiez, Tara Rooks, Sydni Shaffer
Moving Forward in Broken Pieces (2012)
Music by S. Carey, Edited by Rob Alexander
Performed by Claire Natiez and Anya Tran
Glimpses & Layers (2015)
Music by Michael Gordon
Performed by Kristin Alexander, Hannah Baker, Brice Flowers, Tara Rooks, Sydni Shaffer
The Swing of the Sea
by Molly Hagan
Presented by Center Stage
CONTENT WARNING: THEMES OF SUICIDAL IDEATION AND MENTION OF SUICIDE
Boots, a girl who wears yellow rain boots even when it isn’t raining, and a boy called Eggs grieve the death of their best friend Peter. A play about growing old without aging examines the way fantasy and memory converge when we lose someone we love.
Director: Joey Kirkman
Stage Manager: Mikaela Phillips
Scenic Designer: Bristol Barnes
Costume Designer: Mattie Davis
Lighting Designers: Alex Jones, Kate Yarbray
Sound Designer: Eli Salas
Properties Designer: Mia Bowersox
Projection Designer: Mary Hope Ballou
Crew: Molly Crary, Alex Leary, Greg Hamel
Boots: Caroline Magee
Eggs: Noah Anderson
Peter: Ashton Boland
(Headshots taken by Annie Morraye, Center Stage Director of Marketing and Photography. See more of her work on Instagram @juliannamphoto.)
Caroline Magee (BOOTS) is a rising senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Theatre (Performance) and English (Creative Writing), with a minor in film. She also acts as the secretary for Center Stage, works for the CofC Theatre Department as a Scene Shop Assistant, and is a part of the on-campus tour guide group, Charleston 40. She is very excited to be a part of this production!
Noah Anderson (EGGS) is a rising junior at the College of Charleston majoring in Theatre (Performance) and History.
Ashton Boland (PETER) is a recent alumnus of the College of Charleston, receiving her B.A. for Theatre (Performance) and Sociology.
Thank you to the Center Stage board and members who were instrumental in getting this play on its feet, helping acquire the rights and volunteering to build and paint the treehouse. Thank you to Miles Boinest who helped schedule rehearsal space and get the word out. Thank you to JD Stallings and Lauren Duffie for their endless support and help with the technical aspects of this production. Thank you to Ellen Swick for helping us use the costume shop for our costumes and to Bea Lemaster who helped us check out props. Thank you to Janine McCabe and the Department of Theatre and Dance for allowing us to use their space and supporting us throughout our endeavors. And finally, a special thank you to you, the audience member. Without you, this would not be theatre, and I would like to personally thank you for allowing yourself the chance to hear this wonderful story.
“I have a story for you- a real one, from a book I read!” When I first came into contact with The Swing of the Sea in 2017, I absolutely fell in love with its characters, language, and raw emotion. This story is about loss, acceptance, and grief, but it is also about how tragedy affects young minds and the power of companionship through heartache. Overall, though, what I hope you get out of seeing the lives of Boots and Eggs is that you are not alone. You are never alone. There is always someone who cares about you. Take care of yourselves, and keep making Boots’ decision in scene ten. I know I will.
– Joey Kirkman
CONTENT WARNING: The Swing of the Sea includes themes of suicide and may be triggering to some. Center Stage loves you, and we want to continue to see you both on stage and in the audience. If you or someone you know is in need of help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Below is a list of resources that can help in this situation.
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Over the Rainbow: A Coming Out Story
A one-person cabaret written and performed by AP Hart
Director: Nakeisha Daniel
Lighting Designer: Chris Warzynski
Sound Designer: Eli Salas
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz)
Out There (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Run by the Heart (an original song by AP Hart)
You’ve Got a Friend (from Beautiful: A Carole King Musical)
No One is Alone (from Into the Woods)
Rainbow Connection (from The Muppets)
Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music)
My freshman year I watched a one-person cabaret for the first time. Halfway through the set I began getting ideas for my own show. I didn’t know much, but I knew I wanted the show to tell my coming out story. This was a dream that began four years ago and is now becoming a reality. I am so happy to have achieved this goal, and I cannot wait to see how this show will grow and change over the years. I could not have done this without the support of faculty and friends. Thank you for coming on this journey with me.
Nakeisha Daniel, Evan Parry, Laura Turner, Eli Salas, Chris Warzynski, Caroline Magee and Teresa Elj
The 11th Annual Todd McNerney
Playwriting Contest Staged Reading Series
In 2006 an anonymous donor created the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award honoring faculty member Todd McNerney and recognizing the excellence of College of Charleston student playwrights. In 2009, the same generous donor provided additional resources to expand the competition nationally in order to support the development of new full-length plays and to increase the awareness of the College and its Theatre and Dance Department.
2020 National Runner-up:
Goodnight Embryos by Maureen McGranaghan
Readings on May 31 and June 1 at 4 pm
Cast of Characters
Emery (Em): AP Hart
Isabelle (Belle): Teresa Elj
Em and Belle, a lesbian couple, are the happy new parents of a son named Rory. Belle harvested her eggs and carried the baby, with a friend providing the sperm. However, the procedure resulted in six embryos, and the couple must now decide what to do with the remaining five. Belle wants another child, but Em demurs. Do they donate the embryos to another couple or to science, or let them be destroyed? The play visits them once a year for a decade, as they grapple with this decision again and again, their relationship at stake each time.
Maureen McGranaghan is a playwright, fiction writer, and poet. In addition to her play Goodnight Embryos, she has written multiple other works including a chapbook of her poetry. Her play Dis Place was developed and produced as part of Bricolage Production Company’s 2014 In the Raw Festival. In 2018, she was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference with her script Sweet Dreams. She won the Southern Playwrights Competition at Jacksonville State University for her drama Blood of the Bear. Her plays have been performed by the Workshop Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, and Tennessee Stage Company.
2020 National Winner:
Righteous Among Us by Amy Tofte
Readings on June 2 and June 3 at 3 pm
Cast of Characters
Mila Stevens: Brandi Smalls
Natalie Carlton: Brenna McNamara
Ruthie Bergen: Glenda Byars
A researcher at a civil rights museum collects oral histories from the ancestors of those who saved Jews during the Holocaust. She also collects the stories of those who were saved. But when she uncovers that one hero family’s legend is a lie, she must not only break the news to all involved and shatter the myth but also come to terms with her own need to find heroes and good intentions among regular people.
Amy Tofte is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her play Righteous Among Us in addition to winning the 2020 Todd McNerney Playwriting Award and was also finalist for the 2020 Woodward/Newman Playwriting Award. Her play Cardboard Castles Hung on Walls will be produced this fall in Waco, TX. Other recent theater productions include War by Design (The Wallis, Los Angeles), the short opera The Course We Set (Boston Opera Collaborative) and a workshop production of her play Relentless Pursuit of a Lady with New Circle Theatre (NYC). She has been in residence at the Autry Museum of the American West, Brush Creek, The Kennedy Center and Yaddo with her work produced and developed throughout the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and twice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild. B.A., University of Iowa; MFA, CalArts. She was raised on a farm and lived her best summers on a tractor or selling sweet corn from the back of a pick-up.
Stelle di Domani 2022 Staff
Producing Artistic Director: Janine McCabe
Series Co-Director: Kristin Alexander
Series Coordinator/House Manager: Claire Natiez
Marketing and Social Media Manager: Whitney Green
Lighting Supervisor/Steward: Eddie Frye
Assistant House Manager: Zae Barr
Operations Coordinator: Miles Boinest
JD Stallings, Caroline Magee, Isabella Gardner, Ellen Swick, Nandini McCauley, Paul Rolfes, Vivian Appler
The Stelle di Domani series showcases the students, faculty, and alumni of College of Charleston’s award-winning Department of Theatre and Dance during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston is supported by donations from patrons like you. These gifts support scenic, lighting, and costume needs, but they’re also instrumental in helping to fund student employment, research, travel, and other curricular experiences. Consider making a contribution to our department and learn more at give.cofc.edu/cofcstages.
Piccolo Spoleto is produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is funded in part by grants from the City of Charleston; the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.