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.
Men on Boats
Feb. 20 - 23, 2020
Adventure, history and comedy blend together in this unique play to reimagine the first expeditions of the Wild West. Based on John Wesley Powell’s journals of his 1869 exploration of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, this play by Jaclyn Backhaus recasts the historical males with female performers. The play is an ode to the adventurous pioneer spirit while providing a fresh take on American exploration, manifest destiny and how history is written. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.
The Ron L. Moyer One-Act Festival
March 20 - 22
USD’s popular annual festival of short plays, directed by graduate and advanced undergraduate directing students. Performed on the Arena Stage. Individual shows TBA.
The Drowsy Chaperone
April 17 - 19 and 23 - 26, 2020
Filled with delightful music, madcap comedy and a stream of show-stopping dance numbers, this show provides a fast-paced and fun finale to USD’s theatre season. The impending wedding of a Broadway star and an oil tycoon nearly hits the rocks with all the intrigue created by a scheming producer, a ditzy hostess, a tipsy chaperone and two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs. This 21st century musical is a loving and hilarious send-up of 1920s jazz musicals. By Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison and Don McKellar. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.
Eccentricities of a Nightingale
Sept, 26 - 29, 2019
Late in his career, Tennessee Williams, one of America’s greatest playwrights, revisited some of his earlier works. This is his revised and, according to Williams, definitive version of his earlier play "Summer and Smoke." Set in Mississippi in the early twentieth century, the repressed minister’s daughter Alma Winemiller tries to understand and connect with her free-spirited neighbor, John Buchanan Jr. Williams blends humor and pathos, realism and poetry, hope and regret in this achingly beautiful play. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.
Story of Susanna
Oct. 24 - 27, 2019
Inspired by the character from the biblical apocrypha, this play examines gender expectations, sexuality and the cycles of violence that impact women from many walks of life. The award-winning Native Hawaiian and Samoan playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl takes us on a poetic journey that ultimately leaves us with a message of hope. Regional premiere. Performed on the Arena Stage.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Nov. 22 - 24 and Dec. 5 - 8, 2019
This family-friendly musical is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel and the beloved Disney film. Audiences of all ages will fall in love with the iconic characters of the beautiful heroine Esmeralda, the bell-ringer Quasimodo, the wicked Archdeacon Frollo and the handsome Captain Phoebus. By Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Peter Parnell. Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage.