"The 146 Point Flame" by Matt Thompson is based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. Through words, movement and music, four young women share their dreams, thoughts, fears and feelings about their ultimate destinies. Touching and poetic, this piece illuminates the definition of human courage.

Dan Spiropoulos, first-year MFA directing student, makes his USD debut. “Because this play is about an actual event that took place in 1911, it was important for me to be able to honor the actual 146 lives that were lost in that tragedy," Spiropoulos said. "My goal was to emphasize the moments, even the smallest moments, that make life special and meaningful.”

"Familiarity," written by Skyla Sanders, junior BFA musical theatre student, makes its world premiere and is produced by The Student Theatre Cooperative (STC).

“Having this show premiere at USD has been such a great opportunity and learning experience since it's been less than a year since I started writing," said Sanders. "Seeing a story that started in my head finally come to life has been surreal.”

Shannin “Ashe” Ashmore, junior BFA theatre studies student, directs "Familiarity." “I enjoy how this show challenges how love is perceived and what is considered healthy and appropriate,” Ashmore said.

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"The 146 Point Flame" and "Familiarity" perform March 24 and March 25 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on March 26 at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Fine Arts building. Tickets (free for USD students with ID, $5 for all others) can be purchased in the afternoons (12-5 p.m.) starting March 20 at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling 605-658-3484; tickets can also be purchased now online at www.usd.edu/theatre (click on “Theatre Events” at the bottom of the page).

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