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The USD Department of Theatre 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.

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Upcoming Productions


Feb. 14 - 17, 2019

It’s the Swinging Sixties and handsome bachelor Bernard is footloose and fancy free as he juggles three fiancees simultaneously. All three are beautiful young airline stewardesses, and he has timed their visits so there is only one in his Paris home at a time. But his perfectly scheduled life runs amok when the new, faster Boeing jet plops all three women in his lap on the same night. Translated from the French by Beverley Cross, this is one of the most popular comedies of the last fifty years. By Marc Camoletti. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.

Boeing Boeing Theatre production

One-Act Plays

March 15 - 17, 2019

USD's popular annual festival of short plays, directed by graduate and advanced undergraduate directing students. Individual shows TBA


One Act Plays

Spring Awakening

April 11 - 14, 2019

Hailed as a “once in a generation” musical by critics, this eight-time Tony-Award winning rock musical forever changed the Broadway landscape, and has electrified audiences the world over since its 2006 premiere. Based on a groundbreaking 19th century play, Spring Awakening is as relevant as ever as it explores the tumultuous journey from adolescence to adulthood. This show contains strong mature and sexual themes, and is not for children. By Duncan Sheik and Steven Slater. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.

Spring Awakening theatre production

Spring Dance Showcase

April 28, 2019

This biennial concert highlights the work of more than a dozen USD student choreographers. These students will be practicing their creative scholarship while collaborating with nearly fifty other student dancers, designers, technicians, and musicians.

Spring Dance Showcase

Love's Labour's Lost

Sept. 21 - 23 and Sept. 26 - 30, 2018

Four young men dedicate themselves to scholarship and swear off the company of women, but the plan quickly goes awry when four young women arrive on the scene. Love is in the air as the men try to hold to their pledge. Audiences are sure to delight in this, one of Shakespeare’s wittiest and most romantic comedies. By William Shakespeare. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.  


These Shining Lives

Oct. 18 - 21, 2018

Based on actual events, this hauntingly beautiful play tells the largely forgotten story of the “radium girls.” These women worked in factories during the early part of the twentieth century painting watch dials, only to later be diagnosed with severe radiation sickness. Instead of quietly accepting their situation, these women fought back and their court cases significantly improved workers’ rights and health standards. By Melanie Marnich. Performed on the Arena Stage.


These Shining Lives theatre production

Into the Woods

Nov. 16 - 18 and Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2018

Take a trip to Once Upon a Time—when Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel and Jack and his beanstalk all lived in the same village. Inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales, this musical mashup takes us on the hilarious, heartfelt and occasionally gruesome journeys these folk characters make; then it explores what happens when they get what they think they wanted. By Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.

Into the Woods theatre production