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Theatre season opens with Tony Award-winning God of Carnage

USD students: get two tickets for the price of one

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning comedy “God Of Carnage,” Thursday, Sept. 29 through Monday, Oct. 3 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. “God of Carnage” focuses on two sets of parents who meet for the first time to reconcile a schoolyard conflict that occurred between their young sons. Their discussions run the gambit of emotions, from pleasantries to an all-out battle of wits.

USD Theatre’s production of “God of Carnage” is an area premiere and it is set in the Brooklyn home of Michael and Veronica Novak (Kendra Bolan of Lincoln, Neb. and Cody Strand of Brandon Valley, S.D.), where Alan and Annette Raleigh (Patrick Beasley of Lincoln, Neb. and Emily Dorsett of Sioux City, Iowa) have been invited to discuss how best to resolve the conflict between their sons, which has resulted in Henry, the Novak’s boy, losing two teeth. While the couples believe that they are mature enough to find a solution, initial pleasantries soon give way to conflict as disruptive phone calls, panic attacks and alcohol-fueled emotional outbursts lead to a humorous four way prize fight. Emotions run high, private matters become public and we are left with the idea that even well-educated, well-intentioned people are capable of unusual and uncivilized behavior when minor irritations are handled badly.

“God of Carnage,” which contains strong language, performs at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1 and Oct. 3; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. As a kickoff to Dakota Days week, USD students can purchase two tickets for the price of one for the Oct. 3 performance only! USD students, with student I.D., can get two tickets for $4 (when it would normally cost $8). Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for K-12 & non-USD students with ID and can be reserved from noon to 5 p.m. by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or by going online at

A photo of (from left) Emily Dorsett as Annette Raleigh, Patrick Beasley as Alan Raleigh, Kendra Bolan as Veronica Novak and Cody Strand as Michael Novak is available for download at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News