Here’s the lineup for the 2023 SC New Play Festival

Two plays, two musicals, a variety show, and a cabaret featuring a Broadway star will take over Downtown Greenville, SC’s theaters from Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13.

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Catch “The Essential Alice” directed by two-time TONY winner Des McAnuff at the Gunter Theatre. | Photo provided

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The second annual SC New Play Festival takes the Greenville stage from Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13.

We’re shining a spotlight on this year’s never-before-seen plays, musicals, and a variety show, featuring work of TONY winners, Upstate locals, and even a performance from Broadway’s current Alexander Hamilton.

The plays

“The Game” | Thursday, August 10 | 7 p.m. | CentreStage, 501 River St. | Written by Rhett Guter and directed by West Hyler, this show combines mind-blowing illusions with high-quality dances.

“A Black-billed Cuckoo” | Friday, August 11 | 7 p.m. | Greenville Theatre, 444 College St. | Written by Mat Smart and directed by Shelley Butler, this comedy follows a close-knit birding group in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

“Kween” | Saturday, August 12 | 2 p.m. | Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St. | Written by Vichet Chum and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, this play follows a queer Cambodian American teen’s journey to find her voice after her dad’s deportation.

“The Essential Alice” | Saturday, August 12 | 7 p.m. | Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S. Main St. | This musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” features music by the late Michael Friedman, a book by Annie Weisman, and is directed by two-time TONY winner Des McAnuff.

“Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream” | Sunday, August 13 | 3 p.m. | South Carolina Children’s Theatre, 153 Augusta St. | Written by Tyrone L. Robinson and Nichole Jackson and directed by Upstate native Clark E. Nesbitt, this musical tells the true story of Marcenia Lyle, who became the first Black woman to play for a professional baseball team.

Are you a seasoned actor or looking to make your debut? Audition for one of this year’s shows.

The cabaret

Miguel Cervantes | Sunday, August 13 | 7 p.m. | Westin Poinsett Ballroom, 120 S. Main St. | From originating the role of Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton’s Chicago production before heading to the Richard Roger’s Theater where he currently plays the role on Broadway, Miguel shares songs and backstage stories from his time in “Hamilton,” “American Idiot,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and more.

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