South Carolina Onstage


Tuttle, Jon W.


Jon W. Tuttle is Distinguished Professor of English at Francis Marion University, specializing in Modern and American Drama. He is also Director of University Honors, the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Writer-in-Residence, and an FMU Trustees Research Scholar. He has received the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities and both the Founders Award and Lifetime Service Award from South Carolina Theater Association. He has served on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, and the Jasper Project. For over a decade, he was Playwright-in-Residence and Literary Manager at Trustus Theater in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the editor of David Kranes: Selected Plays.

The only book of its kind, South Carolina Onstage offers a collection of plays spanning two hundred years, all by South Carolina authors. It begins with a concise history of the theater in the Palmetto State, from the first dramatic production in Charleston in 1735 and the golden age of the Dock Street and Charleston Theaters, through the rise of opera houses and community theatres across the state, to the dynamic dramatic culture South Carolina today enjoys. Each of the seven plays in Jon W. Tuttle’s curated volume illuminates a different moment in South Carolina’s history and is prefaced by an introductory essay. The plays included are William Ioor’s The Battle of The Eutaw Springs (1807), John Blake White’s Modern Honor (1812), Sarah Pogson’s Young Carolinians (1818), William Gilmore Simms’s Michael Bonham (1855), Rebecca Dial’s Sand (1920), Alice Childress’s Wedding Band (1966), and Sarah Hammond’s Kudzu (2003). Collectively, the plays trace the compelling history of South Carolina drama and capture the rich diversity of the state’s playwrights.

Literature, American Studies, Fine Arts, Drama, American Literature, American South, South Carolina, 20th Century Literature, Modernism
Release Date: 
August 15, 2023
9781680536294 Hardcover
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