Summerville native directing Footlight production

  • Friday, April 18, 2014

The Footlight Players, South Carolina’s longest-producing theatre company, is presenting “Twentieth Century,” the story of a Broadway director and his quest to woo his former lover and star back to the Broadway Stage.

Director Michael Locklair, a Summerville native, received his MFA in Acting from Florida State University. After working as a professional actor in theatres from Maine to Florida, he returned to Charleston where he helped create Charleston County School of the Arts. Serving first as the theatre instructor, he eventually became the Fine Arts Director for all Arts areas at the school.

He has been seen as either a performer or director with Charleston Stage Company, Footlight Players and The Village Playhouse.

Even though this is the first time he has directed with Footlight, it is a homecoming of sorts. Footlight is where he took his first acting class with Footlight’s own Emmett Robinson and later with Footlight’s former Artistic Director , Dottie D’Anna.

“Twentieth Century,” by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, is newly adapted by Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me A Tenor”). Michael Locklair directs this madcap farce about egomaniacal Broadway director, Oscar Jaffe, who has a twenty hour train ride from Chicago to New York to convince, now Hollywood star, Lily Garland to return to Broadway in his upcoming show. “Twentieth Century” arrives on stage May 2 at 8 p.m. and May 3, 8, 9,10,15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. with matinees on May 11 and 18 at 3 p.m.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for military/seniors, and $15 for students and can be purchased online at www.FootlightPlayers.net or by calling (843) 722-4487.

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