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The Second Shepherd’s Play: A Hip-Hop Holiday Hilarity
Fall 2020 Production

Freely adapted from the text by The Wakefield Master

Performances distributed via streaming the month of December

Synopsis: Mak dupes a group of shepherds and steals one of their sheep. 

Despite his wife pretending to be in labor when the shepherds come searching, Mak is exposed. They are suddenly met by an angel with a message of a special child born in Bethlehem. Mak, Gill, and the Shepherds travel to see the child.

December 1, 2020

7:30 p.m.


2019-2020 Season Productions

Tartuffe Production

Tartuffe by Moliere Translated by Ranjit Bolt Directed by Derrick Vanmeter


The house of Orgon has been turned upside down That’s the word on the street if you listen around Everything’s bigger in Texas they say And Tartuffe will have it all, if he has his way

Moliere’s hilarious comedy is translated into contemporary English by Ranjit Bolt. The scandalous original production was banned from public viewing until King Louis XIV permitted its performance. Come see the scandal for yourself!

Little Shop of Horrors Production

Little Shop of Horrors Music by Alan Menken Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Directed by Shontelle Thrash

When a mutant plant, that feeds on human blood and flesh, becomes the only option to save this little flower shop, what could possibly go wrong? This award-winning musical features well-known tunes like “Skid Row (Downtown”, “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour”. Doo-wop, rock and Motown your way to this little shop and see what horrors await you.

2018-2019 Season


The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project On November 14, 1998, ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to make sense of the senseless and brutal murder of Mathew Shepard, a gay college student. Over the next year, the members conducted over 200 interviews. Marking 20 years since Matthew’s death, the Laramie Project explores how a community deals with the aftermath of this heinous act.

This production contains adult language and content.

Director: Shonetelle Thrash


March 29 & 30 April 4 & 5 7:30 p.m. The Crescent Theatre (formerly Clayton State Theatre)

April 6 2:30 p.m. The Crescent Theatre (formerly Clayton State Theatre)

$10 tickets Free for students with LakerID

Note: April 5th performance followed by a Talkback.

Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Grades: 9-12 Performance March 29 10:00 a.m. The Crescent Theatre (formerly Clayton State Theatre)

Purchase Tickets for Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Grades: 9-12 Performances Contact Shontelle Thrash at



Sophocles' Antigone Brecht’s Antigone, originally written in German and translated by Judith Malina, dramatizes the choice one woman must make to obey the law or follow her truth. When both her brothers are killed in battle, one is buried with hero’s honors while the other is marked a traitor to the state and left unburied. By burying her brother, Antigone risks her life to do what is right. This fresh take on a powerful tale of resistance will be performed under the stars, as the Greeks originally experienced it.


Public Performances November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 7:30 p.m. Clayton State Theatre

TYA Performance November 15 10:00 a.m. Clayton State Amphitheatre  

November 15 performance is followed by a Talkback.

“Antigone will perform rain or shine, alternate indoor location will be announced via Facebook and Instagram. Follow @ClaytonStateTheatre for updates!”


2017-2018 Season

Music at PlayMusic @ Play Love—connecting, misconnecting, disconnecting, and reconnecting—is the most popular subject in Western drama, and it forms the common theme of Music at Play. From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, this program compares and contrasts the conventions and construction of spoken drama and musical drama through an examination of several scenes from plays, cabaret style. Through performance and commentary, Clayton State students help audiences learn more about how the interaction of music and drama can affect and alter both art forms.

2017-2018 Season


Deadly Talent A Devised Mystery Play Created by Clayton State Students Directed by Shontelle Thrash

Join the students of Clayton State as they work to solve this funny whodunit. There will be audience participation, hi-jinks and plenty of laughs. Created by the students of Clayton State, this mystery is recommended for ages 8 and up.

2016-2017 Season

MisterE of Imagination: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

Adapted by Vivian Robin Snipes

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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Click here for audition info.

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2015-2016 Season

Dead Man's Cell Phone By Sarah Ruhl "Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, winner of the Helen Hayes award for Outstanding New Play, explores the paradox of technology's ability to both connect and isolate us. This dark comedy employs razor sharp wit and poetic imagery to tell the story of Jean, a woman who discovers the incessantly ringing cell phone of the recently deceased Gordon. Ruhl humorously explores life, death, and the sometimes absurd reality of our technologically infused lives."



Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot finds its heartbeat in the anticipation of someone or something that never arrives. The play resonates with the pain and frustration of the families of Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and countless others who wait on justice for their loved ones that never seems to arrive. Each decision returns with no indictment, not even a trial, to determine the truth. What if Godot is Justice?


2014-2015 Season

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

2013-2014 Season

Pathways program

2012-2013 Season

MacBeth program MACBETH The importance of being earnest program The Importance of Being Earnest  

2011-2012 Season

Moonshine & Magnolias I love you, you're perfect, now change program I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

2010-2011 Season

Everything Goes! Big Max Takes A Cab Echos from the south program Echoes from the South (Student Written One-Acts)

2009-2010 Season

Eccleasiaszuae program Women in Power Flying West program Flyin' West

2008-2009 Season

Cabaret The Laramie Project