Theatre Events

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


2024-2025 Productions

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults:  $20
  • Senior Citizens (62+):  $12
  • Youth (K-12) and non-USD Students:  $10
  • USD Students with ID:  Free

Knutson Theatre

The Wolves

by Sarah DeLappe
Knutson Theatre, Sept. 27 – 29 and Oct. 3 – 6, 2024

The Wolves follows a team of nine teenage girls on a league soccer team. The players have conversations in their pre-game warmups every Saturday that often devolve into combative, larger questions of life and identity. The girls on the team discover that the world is so much bigger than soccer. A Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, this beautiful and heart-wrenching play deals with friendship, betrayal, and the perils of growing up.

Content Disclosure: Discussion of cancer, adult themes.


The Lightning Thief

Book by Joe Tracz and Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki

Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Knutson Theatre, Nov 22 – 24 and Dec 5 – 8, 2024

In this whirlwind adventure, Percy, a misfit middle schooler with ADHD, sets off on an epic adventure to retrieve Zeus’s missing lightning bolt. We’re bringing myths and monsters to life onstage in the Knutson Theatre in this lively musical adapted from Rick Riordan’s bestselling novel. You won’t want to miss it!

Content Disclosure: Family Friendly!



Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Knutson Theatre, Feb 20 – 23, 2025

It’s party time! Get the gang together February 20 to 23 for a musical birthday party/existential crisis. Written by the late, great Stephen Sondheim, Company follows Bobby through a series of interactions with married friends and temporary lovers as Bobby tries to figure out how to fit into the whole picture. It’s full of laughs, sighs, and maybe even some tears. Get your own friends ‘side by side by side’ to see this classic Broadway treasure.

Content Disclosure: Adult themes.


The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan
Knutson Theatre, Apr 10 – 13, 2025

Based on the 1915 novel and the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, The 39 Steps is a comedic adaptation of the classic spy thriller. Richard Hannay meets a beautiful woman at the theatre, only to have her immediately murdered in his apartment. Fearing for his life and spurred into action by her dying wish, Richard is pulled into a conspiracy beyond his wildest imagination. This show has a little something for everyone – comedy, adventure, intrigue, and more!

Content Disclosure: Adult themes.


Spring Dance Showcase

Knutson Theatre, May 2 – 4, 2025

We welcome our new dance professor, Katie Gutmann, to the USD stage as she directs the 2025 Spring Dance Showcase. The dance showcase is choreographed by USD students and performed by folks from across the USD community. Come experience a traditional dance concert with variety and panache. 



The Arena Theatre

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Arena Theatre, Oct 24 – 27, 2024

Every Brilliant Thing strikes a perfect balance between portraying life's struggles and celebrating its small miracles. This heart-wrenching and hilarious one-person play will have you laughing one minute and your eyes brimming the next. Its immersive experience blends comedy, improv, and audience interaction to showcase a unique story. Come experience this complex and tender coming-of-age journey that serves as a reminder to cherish life's smallest joys—and to cherish each other.

Content Disclosure: Discussion of Suicide, Audience Interaction, Adult themes.


Ron L. Moyer One-Act Plays

Arena Theatre, Mar. 21 - 23, 2025

Coming off a completely sold-out run in 2024, these plays are chosen, directed, and sometimes written by USD students. See these shows today and tomorrow you can say you knew them when!

Content Disclosure: Adult Themes.


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