University’s Lab Theatre to stage ‘Kid Simple’

February 10, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – February 10, 2009 – The University of South Carolina’s Lab Theatre will stage the Columbia premiere of “Kid Simple,” an adventurous play about a young female inventor whose science-fair machine and heart are stolen, Feb. 26 – March 1.

Show times are 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 each and available only at the door of the theater on Wheat Street. The production is directed by Greenville’s Mallory Morris, a senior theater major in the South Carolina Honors College.

“I instantly fell in love with the quirkiness of this play, and I still laugh every time I see it,” said Morris. “It’s not your normal theatrical experience as it almost overloads your senses. Even so, the story still seems so familiar to everyone.”

“Kid Simple,” written by playwright Jordan Harrison, tells the story of a high-school inventor whose machine that can detect inaudible sounds is stolen. With noise as the thread that binds it, the production features radio plays, 1980s rock music, mythological creatures and live sound effects.

Morris said she drew upon her studies in physical approaches to acting and her training with Pacific Performance Project/East in Columbia and New York to create an unusual theater experience in her staging of “Kid Simple.”

The cast, comprising undergraduate theater students, features junior Jeni Miller as the inventor Moll, senior Brandon Martin as the mercenary and junior Charlie Stabile as Oliver, a student who accompanies Moll on her quest to retrieve her sound machine.

For information on the play or any other Lab Theater productions, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353, or visit the Web site: