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USD Theatre opens 2012-13 season with Greek drama 'Medea'

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the Greek tragedy "Medea," Sept. 28 - Oct.1 at the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

“Medea” begins in a state of turmoil as Jason (Andy Hanson of Rapid City, S.D.), husband to the sorceress Medea (Lindsay Qualls of Portland, Ore.), has deserted his wife and two sons to marry Glauce, the daughter of Creon, king of Corinth. When Creon (Charles Goitia of Herrick, S.D.) informs Medea that she and her children are banished from the city, she begs him to grant her one more day. He does in a fateful decision that buys Medea time to avenge her husband’s betrayal and to plot her escape with the help of Aegeus (Lukas Ptacek of Piedmont, S.D.), king of Athens. Tim Huggenberger of Sioux City, Iowa, as the messenger, conveys the gruesome details of Medea’s revenge.

Written by Euripides and in a modern translation by Paul Roche, “Medea”is staged with the ancient convention of masks, a women’s chorus and puppets, and is directed by Assistant Professor Chaya Gordon-Bland with scenic design by third-year graduate student Gabriel Gomez of Fargo, N.D. Professor Linda Scribner is costume designer and Professor Anthony Pellecchia directs lighting while students Amelia Lundin of Brandon, S.D. and Travis Pigman of Omaha, Neb. design the sound and properties. In addition to the performance, the public is invited to participate in a post-show talk back with members of the artistic team immediately following the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. A photo featuring women’s chorus members Kendra Bolan of Lincoln, Neb., Jamie Fields of Bellevue, Neb., and Emily Vortherms of Yankton, S.D. is available for download at

Performances for “Medea” are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 1 with a 2 p.m. show on Sept. 30 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen (62+), $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID. They can be purchased online at, by phone (605) 677-5400, or in person at the box office (noon to 5 p.m.) weekdays and noon to curtain on days of performance.


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, 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