USD Theatre to present comedy

USD Theatre to present comedy When USD Theatre presents On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning), a whimsical comedy by Eric Overmyer, April 26-29 at 8 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, spectators will participate in a journey to Terra Incognita, the last unexplored bit of the world.

Led by a trio of 19th century American explorers (Mary, Fanny and Alex) in full Victorian trekking dress, and swept away by words and our imaginations, a journey takes place through time and space in search of Overmyer's fantastical destination. From jungles to mountains to small town America, from the 1880s to deep into the twentieth century, the travelers sample the changing times and reflect on the evolving nature of language and culture.

Actresses Jessica Nadrchal (Omaha, NE), Christine Bennett (Sioux Falls), and Elizabeth Egan (Vermillion) play Mary, Fanny, and Alex, respectively, and help reconnect the audience with the childlike joy of discovery. Mitch Hess (Watertown) plays Grover and a host of other male characters we meet on the adventure.

The setting, which features oversized books and timepieces and an enormous globe, is designed by Roger Speidel, a graduate student in design. Matt Strampe and Jeremy Olson, undergraduate students, designed the lighting and sound, while faculty member Linda Wigley Scribner created the period costumes. Professor Ronald Moyer directs the action.

Tickets for On the Verge are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and youth, and $1 for USD students with ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling the USD Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400 beginning April 17.

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