USD Theatre stages student-directed one-act plays

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s Department of Theatre will present a workshop production of eight, student-directed one-act plays, Nov. 12-14, at the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Productions at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 begin with the comedy, “A Chance Meeting,” by Frederick Stroppel and continue with “Ballerinas Choose Your Weapons,” Georgianna Hatcher’s examination of self-image in the world of modeling; John Pielmeier’s chilling drama “A Ghost Story;” and conclude with “Power Lunch,” Alan Ball’s satirical comedy involving a battle of the sexes for control in a relationship. These one-act plays are directed by Nicholis R. Block of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Stephanie Maddox of Orlando, Fla.; Erin Gallion of Salina, Kan.; and Devon Muko of Rapid City, S.D.

Performing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 include “Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry,” a poignant drama by Tennessee Williams; “Scrapple,” Jennifer Mattern’s drama that deals with a daughter’s struggle for independence from a controlling and abusive father;  Nick Zagone’s serio-comic play “What Happens Behind the Bar…;” and  a shortened version of Ron Cowen’s touching drama “Summertree,” which details the final moments of a young soldier’s life.  Directing these plays are Fred Liebfried of Anson, Maine; Zach Drane of Amana, S.D.; Jessie Atkinson of Sioux City, Iowa; and Kevin Earlywine of Rockford, Ill.

Tickets, $6 for the general public and $3 for USD students with valid ID, can be reserved by calling the USD Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400 beginning Monday, Nov. 8 or online at www.usd.edu/theatre. The evening of short plays contain mature themes and strong language – not recommended for children. This event is partially sponsored by a generous donation from the First Bank & Trust and the USD Student Government Association.