The College of Charleston’s School of the Arts has been operational for 20 years. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Department of Theatre is re-staging the first play the college produced on the Emmett Robinson Stage, 1975 Tony Award-winner Equus. Many of you may recognize the play’s name thanks to Daniel Radcliffe, a.k.a. Harry Potter. Not only did he take the lead role as Alan Strang, a disturbed teen who mutilates six horses, but he stood on stage buck-ass naked.
Written by Peter Shaffer, the play follows Alan, who has been committed to a psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart is the insecure doctor who is determined to find the reasons behind Alan’s disturbing behavior. “This is not an easy story to witness,” says Director Mark Landis, “but the beautifully written dialogue and the thrilling depiction of Alan’s secret feelings makes it an extraordinary piece of theater.” The cast includes theater professor Evan Parry as Martin Dysart and student Spencer Jones as Alan Strang.
As a treat to theater buffs, there will be an exclusive sneak preview dress rehearsal that will take place on Wed. Feb. 24. Lucky guests will be treated to wine and appetizers from Halls Chophouse before and after the play. Admission is $75 ($60 for season ticket holders). Proceeds will benefit CofC’s School of the Arts and the Department of Theatre. —Christina Janke