Loading Events

Composure at Trustus Theatre

Friday, August 12 @ 8:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm

One event on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm

One event on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm

One event on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm



The 2019 Trustus Playwrights’ Festival commissioned two plays about true Columbia crimes scribed by local playwrights, Jason Stokes and Charlie Finesilver. The True Crime Rep was originally scheduled for our 35th season, and Trustus is delighted to finally give both shows their world premiere on the Thigpen Main Stage. Both shows will be performed in repertory, with performances alternating nightly. Purchase a ticket to both Composure and House Calls for $46, saving $5 on each show. Price for each show is $23.


Every day in Columbia, thousands of people pass the intersection of Gervais and Main Streets, not realizing it was once the scene of a politically driven homicide. On January 13, 1903, the Tillman family, headed by the Lieutenant Governor of the State of South Carolina, and the Gonzales family, headed by the founder of The State Newspaper, are caught up in a very public feud that dates back to the 1880s. Narcisco Gener Gonzales, who founded The State Newspaper with his two brothers, was on his way home for lunch from the newspaper office on Main Street when Lt. Governor Tillman, adjourned from the SC Senate, shot him in the abdomen. Gonzales died four days later. Columbia resident and Trustus Theatre Company Member, Jason Stokes, wrote Composure which tells the story of the days leading up to this shooting and the trial that followed.

Thursday, August 11 – 8:00pm
Friday, August 12 – 8:00pm
Saturday, August 13- 8:00pm
Sunday, August 14 – 2:00pm
Saturday, August 20 – 2:00pm
Thursday, August 25 – 8:00pm
Saturday, August 27 – 8:00pm