Three plays planned for 1999 summer season

Three plays planned for 1999 summer season by M. Jill Sundstrom The Shunka Theatre Company, in cooperation with The University of South Dakota Student Theatre Cooperative, will present three plays for its 1999 summer season.

Queen of Bingo, by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy, directed by Katheryn Hollerman, will be presented June 16-20. Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by Steve Martin and directed by Daniel L. Miller, is set for July 14-18. Both productions will be staged in Old Main�s Farber Hall. Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, by Lee Blessing and directed by Cameron Ulrich, will be performed Aug. 18-22 in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Curtain time for all three plays is 8 p.m.

Tickets for each performance are $5 per person. To make reservations, call 624-7845 or e-mail stc@usd.edu.

Auditions for all three plays will be held May 10-11 at 7 p.m. in Farber Hall. The community is invited to participate.

Queen of Bingo needs a cast of one man and two women. The play takes a lighthearted look at one of America�s favorite pastimes, bingo. The audience will follow the antics of two sisters, Sis and Babe, who are downright hooked on bingo. They work their way through plenty of unusual situations while they learn about laughter and life in this uproarious comedy.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile needs five men and two women. Steve Martin�s play revolves around an imaginary meeting between a passionate Pablo Picasso and a fiery Albert Einstein. The two young men on the threshold of fame vie for the attention of a young lady and for each other�s respect in a hilarious battle of ideas about painting, probability, lust and the future of the world.

Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music is a sharply drawn and very funny play about the personal heartaches and public eccentricities of two women living over a good-old-boy bar in Texas. Eve is paid a visit by her niece Catherine, a novice nun, who�s been asked to leave her convent. Enter Roy who wants to court Catherine whether she�s a nun or not. What follows is not simply comic, but romantic and affecting as well. The cast features two men, two women and a 15-year-old boy.

For more information about auditioning, contact Dan Miller at 624-7845.

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