Shoestring Players to perform brooding play, “Let the Right One In” Thursday


By Andrew Becker
The Carolinian

The Shoestring Players invite the USC Upstate community to join the Halloween spirit with their production of Jack Thorne’s adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s gripping story, “Let the Right One In.”

The production, directed by Jimm Cox, premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. Disclaimer: graphic content.

“Let the Right One In” is not an easy story to forget. It conforms to a common critique of Swedish fiction, in that it depicts a dark and troubling world full of people hurting other people; however, like snakes eating one another’s tail, there’s often hope at despair’s end – a killer to catch, a person to protect.

A young girl bearing a dark, bloody secret befriends a bullied young boy. The play presents the question: who are the real monsters?

The Players will host four showings after “Let the Right One In” premieres – Friday at midnight, Saturday at 8 p.m., and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Beware, be there, and be scared.

Tickets are $8 general admission and $4 for faculty, staff and students with USC Upstate ID. Tickets may be purchased at the USC Upstate Box Office from 1 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or at (864) 503-5695. Cash or check only.

Meet the cast
Joseph Richer of Waxhaw, N.C., as Oskar
Garrett Gibson of Inman as Jonny
Kyle McIntyre of Spartanburg as Micke
Gabe Troski of Boiling Springs as Hakan
Joshua Witt of Boston, Mass., as Torkel
Dexter Simmons of Clinton as Kurt
Kacy Winterhalter of Columbia as Mum
Jordan Montemayor of Piedmont as Eli
Brigitte Staggs of Woodruff as Halmberg
Feenix Smith of Inman as Jocke
Najeee Joyner of St. Stephen as Mr. Avila
McCray Earls of Lugoff as Nils
John Gibbs of Lyman as Dad
Doug Yates of Oviedo, Fla., as Janne
Aaron Nathanson of Egland Air Force Base, Fla.
John Marshall Branham of Sharon as Stefan

Professor Jimm Cox, director, is in his 45th year teaching at Upstate and is nationally and internationally recognized. He has fostered collaboration that established an exclusive partnership with The Rose Theatre and the American Conservatory Theater both in London, England.

Contact Jimm Cox, professor of theatre, at 864-503-5697 or at