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USD’s Theatre Department to Present Comedies, Thrillers and Musicals in 2015-16 Season

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The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will bring to stage for the 2015-16 season comedies, thrillers and musicals in four productions.

The season opens Sept. 25-Oct. 4 with William Inge’s comedy "Bus Stop." It’s March 1955 when a freak snowstorm forces an interstate bus of passengers to pull over and take shelter in a rural diner just outside of Kansas City. It shows what bad weather can do to our emotions and attitude toward others.

USD actors next travel to Transylvania and produce one of Mel Brooks' famous comedies, "Young Frankenstein,” from Nov. 20-Dec. 6. All characters from the film make their way to stage in this energetic musical as Fredrick Frankenstein creates a creature just like his infamous grandfather with the help of Igor and Inga.

In the spring, the department moves from hilarity to the shadowy world of playwright Martin McDonaugh as it presents his dark comedy "The Pillowman" Feb. 18-21. This play contains adult themes and languages as the audience watches fiction writer Katurian being interrogated by two police about some gruesome child murders.

The main stage season concludes April 14-24 with Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins." This Tony Award winning musical brings to life people who attempted or achieved the assassination of U.S. presidents. The assassins share stories, meet and discuss issues and inspire each other as they pursue their idea of the American dream.

All USD Theatre Department performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Season tickets, which provide a 25 percent discount, are $45 for adults, $36 for seniors (62+), $30 for youth (K-12) and non-USD students, and $15 for USD students with a valid ID. A form for ordering season tickets can be downloaded or requested by calling 605-677-5400 or emailing


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