2011-08-05 / Arts & Entertainment

Benny Goodman swings onto Trustus Main Stage as Swing ’39 comes to the Capital City

Contributed by Trustus Theatre

Trustus Theatre is preparing to bring the professional premiere of Alessandro King’s Swing ’39 to the Capital City with a fully realized production. This swingin’ exposé about Benny Goodman and a controversial relationship in East Harlem will engage and move audiences as the curtain rises on this rousing winner of the Trustus Playwrights’ Festival.

Swing ’39 throws the audience into East Harlem in 1939. Eighteen-year-old Maggie DiNapoli is beloved by her neighborhood and bored by its romantic prospects. So when she finds herself embroiled with the King of Swing himself, Benny Goodman, she ignores all complications and focuses on Goodman’s enigmatic personality and promise of escape. Benny can give Maggie everything she desires, but will his dark side prove poisonous? And if so, will she be strong enough to leave him and his kingdom behind forever? This exciting production plunges theatregoers into the intoxicating world of 1930’s New York in this exploration of the haves and have-nots, the wounded and the nurturing.

Swing ’39 debuts on the Trustus Main Stage at 8 p.m. Friday August 12, and runs through August 20. Tickets are $22.50 on Fridays and Saturdays, $17.50 on Sundays, and $20 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Trustus Theatre is located at 520 Lady Street, behind the Gervais St. Publix. Parking is available on Lady Street. The main stage entrance is located on the Publix side of the building.

For reservations or more information patrons may call the box office Tuesdays through Saturdays 1-6 p.m. at 803-254-9732. www.trustus.org

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