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USD Theatre Presents Mud, a Rarely-Seen Gem of a Drama

MUD USD theatre production

VERMILLION, SD – The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents María Irene Fornés’ adult drama “Mud” March 16-19 in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

In “Mud,” Mae and Lloyd live in poverty in a broken-down shack and barely survive from day-to-day. Their lives are complicated when Henry enters and becomes the third member of a love triangle. As Mae fights to escape, she feels herself being pulled down into the mud, with every struggle sinking deeper and deeper. “Mud,” like its namesake, is thick, sticky and hard to leave behind.

In USD’s production, Mae is portrayed by junior BFA acting major Katie Meirose, Lloyd by senior BFA acting major Trevor Hudson, and Henry by sophomore BFA acting major Drake Zuschlag.

“The best thing about working on this show has been the cast. It’s been inspiring,” said Timothy Pyles, assistant professor of acting and director of “Mud.”

Pyles is excited to bring to USD the work of this major American writer whose plays are not often produced in middle America. “Fornés is important not only because of her huge body of work, but also because she was a woman and a Cuban immigrant in a field often dominated by white men. Language and knowledge has a very powerful and revered place for her, and especially in “Mud,” said Pyles.

“Mud” performs March 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $10 for K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $5 for USD students. They can be purchased in the afternoons starting March 13 at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling (605) 677-5400; tickets can also be purchased online at This play includes adult content and themes.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News