USD Theatre celebrating center’s 25th anniversary

USD Theatre celebrating center's 25th anniversary The University of South Dakota will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Dedicated in October of 1974 and later named for long-time Dean Warren M. Lee in October of 1975, the center will be host to a series of special celebratory events this year, including USD Theatre's 1999-2000 season of plays.

The season opens Oct. 13-17 with The White House Murder Case, a political satire by Jules Feiffer. The action is set both on the field of battle, where the U.S. is bombing Brazil, and in the White House, where bumbling bureaucrats scramble to keep their jobs in the face of growing anti-war sentiment. The plot becomes subversive and even more delightful when someone close to the president is murdered in the oval office!

The Threepenny Opera, a Tony Award-winning musical by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, will be performed Dec. 8-12. Produced in cooperation with the USD Department of Music, The Threepenny Opera was also part of the inaugural season for Theatre I. This year's production features USD alums Jan Swank as director and former Broadway singer/actor Eric Johnson in a starring role. Johnson played Macheath in the 1974 production. Set in London, The Threepenny Opera features Macheath, the head of a well-organized band of beggars and thieves, in a story of love, loyalty, and betrayal.

Feb. 23-27 will find Criminal Genius, a comedy by Canadian playwright, George F. Walker, on the main stage. Criminal Genius is set in a grungy motel where Amanda, a chef, leads a menagerie of transients in a bizarre revolt against her father, a restaurateur/mobster. The action promises to surprise, shock and amuse.

The season concludes April 26-30 with On the Verge (or the Geography

of Yearning) by Eric Overmyer. In this comedy three women trek through time. The adventurers sample the changing times and reflect on the evolving nature of language and culture as they move from jungles to mountains to small town America, from the 1880's to deep into the 20th century. Overmyer, a verbal acrobat for the theatre, fills On the Verge with colorful characters and witty wordplay.

Season subscriptions are $25 for the general public and $20 for senior citizens and youth, a full 25 percent off the standard ticket prices. To receive a season brochure with an application form for season subscription, contact the USD Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400. The box office will open for ticket sales to The White House Murder Case on Monday, Oct. 4.

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