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.
Sept. 25-27, 2020
USD Theatre is excited to present a fresh take on Julius Caesar through a live-streamed production. Shakespeare’s political thriller explores the dynamics of shifting power structures, the psychology and consequences of violence, and the complexity of humanity. Innovative staging and designs in the intimate Arena Theatre safely and creatively support social distancing between the actors. The production emphasizes language, relationships, hierarchical structures, and the power of simple, economical movement. With female actors taking many of the traditionally male roles, this is truly a production that speaks to our time. Check back for more details on where and how to stream this unique production.
Angels and Demons
Oct. 23-25, 2020
Theatre in the Middle Ages featured short Mystery plays: stories from the Bible that were used to explore questions of divinity and humanity. Members of various guilds in towns across Western Europe each produced one of the plays, which explored the conflict of good and evil in the mortal, the divine and the demonic. Written by anonymous authors from York and Wakefield, Angels and Demons is translated from Middle English by USD Student Casey Paradies, and spans the creation of the world to its end. Check back for more details on where and how to stream this world premiere.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Nov. 19-22, 2020
A musical comedy all about murder? An unlikely topic for one of the best musicals of the past decade! USD Theatre will proudly re-open its newly renovated Wayne S. Knutson Theatre with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: a delightful romp full of laughs, romance and of course, killing. When the young and struggling Monty discovers that he is ninth in line to an earldom, he starts plotting how he can bump off the preceding eight relatives. With book & lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music & lyrics by Steven Lutvak. This production will be performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage as well as live streamed: check back for more details.
A Man of No Importance
Feb. 25-28, 2021
Closeted bus conductor Alfie Byrne tries to mount a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome with a colorful array of community theatre folks, but his plans are derailed as he encounters the bigotry of 1960s Dublin. Ultimately, the uniquely powerful nature of theatre empowers Alfie and deepens the ties with his friends. With music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and a book by Terrence McNally, A Man of No Importance blends moving drama, quirky comedy, and a lovely and witty score. This production is dedicated to McNally’s memory, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19. This production will be performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage as well as live streamed: check back for more details.
The Ron L. Moyer One-Act Play Festival
March 19-21, 2021
USD’s popular annual festival of short plays, directed by graduate and advanced undergraduate directing students. Check back for more details on where and how to stream the festival.
She Kills Monsters
April 22-25, 2021
In this contemporary comedy and journey of self-discovery, Agnes Evans jumps headlong into the world of fantasy, fairies, and dance battles. Struggling with closure following the death of her sister, Agnes adventures into her sister’s world of Dungeons and Dragons, battling and befriending the strange and fantastic monsters. Written by acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen, She Kills Monsters takes the audience to an imaginary realm filled with heart-pounding action, 90s pop culture, and the most fearsome creatures the world has ever seen: American teenagers. This finale to USD’s theatre season offers an empowering homage to the geek and warrior within us all. This production will be performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage as well as live streamed: check back for more details.
Spring Dance Showcase
May 2, 2021
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. This production will be performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage as well as live streamed: check back for more details.