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USD Theatre Department Presents Three One-Act Plays

Vermillion, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents three One-Act Plays, ranging from comedy to drama, on Oct. 21-23 in the Arena Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday with a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $10 for grades K-12 and non-USD students with an ID, and $5 for USD students with an ID. Visit or call the USD Theatre Box Office 605-677-5400 or go online at

Each short play is directed by students in the Advanced Directing/Directing One Acts class, with USD students filling all of the roles of cast, designers, technicians and crew.

First-year MFA student Megan Weidner directs Christopher Durang’s darkly hilarious Wanda’s Visit. “This is my first time directing a show at USD and it has been a wonderful opportunity to work with students and explore the balance between playing the reality of a character and their goofy sides,” she said.

Junior Theatre Studies and Psychology major Madeline Schmitt directs Dennis Bush’s provocative drama … And Others, which explores the journey of rediscovering who you are. “One character’s feelings and past is not solely their own. With characters intertwining, this show has challenged us to work together to explain to the audience what events are unfolding,” she said.

Senior Theatre Studies major Leah Geis directs Tina Howe’s fast-paced comedy Appearances, featuring a nervous dressing room monitor and an eccentric female customer shopping for a perfect dress. “Being involved in a primarily student-run project comes with its own challenges, but being able to learn how to communicate and inspire a team as well as have a completed project that is uniquely cultivated by a group of young artists is the greatest reward,” Geis said.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.