Theatre Events

The USD Department of Theatre presents a variety of compelling and challenging productions for the public.  

2021-2022 Productions

Fun Home

Sept. 23-26, 2021

Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home is an intimate story of coming of age, coming to terms, and coming out of the closet. Alison opens her memories like a collage for the audience, as we follow her journey as a child, a college student, and an adult. This powerful show was the first musical with an all-female writing team to win Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score.
Directed by Joe Stollenwerk - Knutson Theatre

The Lion in Winter

Nov. 19-21 & Dec. 2-5, 2021

By James Goldman
A royal family full of intrigue, insults, sex, and betrayal? Before Elizabeth II, Harry, and Meghan, there was Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. It’s Christmas Eve, 1183, and everyone is making a grab for power, love, or survival. Who will get the crown? Who will get the girl? And who will end up in prison? This witty comic drama (or dramatic comedy?) is a perennial favorite of theatregoers everywhere.
Directed by Raimondo Genna - Knutson Theatre

These Women of Troy

Feb. 17-20, 2022

By Joe Stollenwerk, Adapted from Euripides
USD presents the premiere of this new adaptation of this classic anti-war play. Following the siege of Troy and annihilation of most of its populace, the remaining women gather on a remote beach and contemplate their futures. Written in free verse and in a timeless setting, this play infuses Ancient Greek tragedy and mythology with a contemporary sensibility and commentary.
Directed by Chaya Gordon-Bland - Knutson Theatre

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Oct. 21-24, 2021

Book by Hunter Bell, Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
What happens when two guys set out to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical? You get one of the wittiest musicals of the 21st century, with a title that’s either the best or worst of all time! Hunter and Jeff develop their musical before our eyes, assisted by their best friends Heidi and Susan. This show is charming, heartfelt, and utterly unique!
Directed by Matt Nesmith - Arena Theatre

Ron L. Moyer One-Act Plays

Mar. 8-10, 2022

USD’s popular annual festival of short plays, directed by graduate and advanced undergraduate directing students. Performed on the Arena Stage.

Triumph of Love

April 20-24, 2022

Book by James Magruder, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, Music by Jeffrey Stock
Mistaken identities, slapstick, wit and romance come together in this delightful musical. Princess Léonide and her faithful servant Corine dress themselves as men so that Léonide can win the affections of Agis. Complications and hilarity arise when not only Agis but his aunt and uncle all fall for the wily princess in disguise. Based on an 18th century French comedy, the show blends commedia dell’arte with vaudeville and contemporary musical theatre style.
Directed by Casey Paradies - Knutson Theatre

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