USD Theatre announces 2000-01 season

USD Theatre announces 2000-01 season If you are "hunting for a good time," laughs, music chills, and swashbuckling adventure, it can be found in USD Theatre's 2000-2001 season.

The season opens with Indian Radio Days, a satire by Native American writers Roxy Gordon and LeAnne Howe.

Using the format of a radio play, the authors present a fresh and comic perspective of what it means to be Indian in America. Characters like the Indian Chief who greeted the Mayflower, Princess Wanna Buck, the Indian Bingo Lady, Kevin Costner and Jane Fonda make for uncommon heroes and villains.

A post-show discussion with author LeAnne Howe and a reception honoring her will follow the opening night performance. Indian Radio Days plays Oct. 25-29.

The Pirates of Penzance, a zany comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, follows with performances Dec. 6-10. Produced in collaboration with the USD Department of Music, the Pirates of Penzance will be directed and choreographed by guest artist Jerry Yoder, who has performed in numerous Broadway and first national tour productions with such directors/choreographers as Tommy Tune, Bob Fosser and Michael Bennett. His own stage direction and choreography has been seen in productions throughout the United States as well as in Australia, England, and Mexico.

Winter brings the popular thriller, Deathtrap by Ira Levin to the Knutson Theatre Feb. 21-25. When a successful writer's talent dried up, he turns to a gifted student for inspiration. The collaboration turns menacing, however, as the action twists, turns, and surprises like a wild roller-coaster. Deathtrap has audiences shrieking with delight since its debut on Broadway in the late 1970s.

The season closes April 25-29 with Robin Hood, a romantic adventure adapted to the stage by David Richmond. Robin Hood robs the rich, gives to the poor, and saves Nottingham and Maid Marian from the despotic Sheriff. Frantic chases, narrow escapes, and swashbuckling swordplay characterize this comic retelling of the classic adventure.

All performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre with evening performances at 8 p.m. and matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. The USD Theatre box office opens for ticket sales to Indian Radio Days Monday, Oct. 16.

In the meantime, season subscriptions are available at $28 each for the general public and $20 each for senior citizens (62+) and youth (K-12) � a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices. To receive an application for season subscriptions, call (605) 677-5400.

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