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The USD Department of Theatre, in partnership with First Bank & Trust, presents a variety of compelling and challenging productions for the public. We contract with Arts People for the processing and payment of online ticket sales. An additional $1.25 service charge is added to each ticket sold online.You may print your own tickets or pick them up at Will Call. View more ticket information.


Upcoming Productions

Green Violin

April 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. | April 23 at 2 p.m.

This movement-based musical tells the historical tale of Marc Chagall and his relationship with the Soviet Yiddish theater. Green Violin deconstructs the musical and approaches the form with an emphasis in movement, silence and rhythm. The musical also explores the tumultuous relationship between art, politics and faith. Book and lyrics by Elise Thoron. Music by Frank London. Conceived by Rebecca Bayla Taichman and Elise Thoron. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.

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Spring Dance Showcase

April 30, TBA

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Past Productions


March 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. | March 19 at 2 p.m.

Mae and Lloyd are living in poverty in a broken-down shack and barely surviving from day to day. As Mae fights to escape, she feels herself being pulled down into the mud, with every struggle sinking deeper and deeper. Mud, like its namesake, is thick, sticky and hard to leave behind. Adult content and themes. Performed on the Arena Stage.

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Six Characters in Search of An Author

Feb. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. | Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

Six characters crash a rehearsal for an upcoming performance of another play and declare that they are in need of an author to finish their story. After some debate, the director agrees to step up to the task. This meta-exploration of absurdist theater examines the role of the author, director, actor, character and the theater itself in a humorous, unique and provoking style that caused riots when it premiered. By Luigi Pirandello. Adapted by Robert Brustein. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Fall/Winter 2016

This compelling and revered rock opera explores the last days of Jesus of Nazareth's life. A myriad of diverse and classic tunes that haunt, enrich and examine the biblical saga accompany Jesus as he ventures through Jerusalem during his final hours. Hailed as a masterpiece of musical theatre and featuring one of the greatest scores in musical theatre history, Jesus Christ Superstar gives heart to the soul and to the timeless tale of Jesus, Mary and Judas. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Adult content and themes. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Fall 2016

In one of Shakespeare's earliest works, two pals, Valentine and Proteus, traverse the worlds of love and friendship while hopping from Verona to Milan and dealing with the complications that arrive along the way. Lies, love and lust drive Shakespeare's first comedy and create an engaging, hilarious and heartfelt experience that will leave the audience craving more. By William Shakespeare. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.

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One-Act Plays

Fall 2016

By Tina Howe
Directed by Leah Geis

...And Others
By Dennis Bush
Directed by Madeline Schmitt

Wanda's Visit
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Megan Weidner

These three performances range from comedy to drama and from the realistic to the absurd. From the darkly hilarious Wanda's Visit and the fast-paced comedy of Appearances to ...And Others provocative drama, the evening promises engaging theatre for all tastes. Performed on the Arena Stage.

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