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.

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