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USD Theatre Season Kicks Off with Love's Labour's Lost

Love Alyssa Elbert, Dan Frye and Tony Peterson (pictured from left to right) in "Love's Labour's Lost."

VERMILLION, SD – The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre begins its season with William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” This classic romantic comedy runs Sept. 21-30 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts building.

Assistant Professor Tim Pyles directs this witty romance, which follows four young male scholars who try to keep to their studies after the intrusion of four young women into their secluded world.

“‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ is an uproarious and hilarious comedy about love, lies and the predicaments that both create,” Pyles said. 

Though a classic, Pyles has found a way to help USD students relate to this piece in a contemporary way. 

“Our modern-set production of Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ finds the contemporary spirit in this fun-filled romp through infatuation, disguises and learning what true love really means,” said Pyles. 

Alex Newcomb-Weiland, a senior musical theatre major, plays the Princess of France and said she has enjoyed working on the show because of the language.

“Most people, including myself, are scared and don't understand the language that Shakespeare uses. But with this show, we have gotten the opportunity to really dig deep into all the layers of what he is saying. Honestly, the difference between Shakespeare and contemporary works is not too drastic, especially when it comes to the broad understanding of people and how they work.” 

Newcomb-Weiland also relates to her character more than she thought she would.

“My character is a princess, and though we have grown up very differently from each other, I find a lot of similarities between her and myself. It has been very cool to find those connections even though the text is hundreds of years old. It really goes to show how much people are people and always will be, regardless of the timeline.”

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“Love’s Labour’s Lost” performs Sept. 21-22 and Sept. 26-29 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on Sept. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets can be purchased in the afternoons at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling (605) 677-5400; tickets can also be purchased online.


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
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