USD Theatre prepares for 2001-2002 season

USD Theatre prepares for 2001-2002 season Season subscriptions are now on sale for The University of South Dakota Theatre Department's 2001-2002 season of plays. Featuring tales of courage, hope and joy, the season opens with Wendy Kesselman's gripping new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Oct. 3-7. This version of the much heralded drama includes newly discovered writings from

Anne's diary, a poignant account of her family's experience with the Holocaust while hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

The Foreigner, an award-winning comedy by Larry Shue, will bring gales of laughter to the theatre Dec. 5-9. The action is set in a fishing lodge in Georgia where Charlie, who is pathologically shy, pretends to be a foreigner (who is incapable of speaking English) as a means to avoid contact with others. Add bombs and subversive plots to an environment rife with misunderstandings and you have the makings of a first-class farce.

The Cripple of Inishmaan performs as part of the College of Fine Arts' year long "Ireland and the Americas Festival" Feb. 27-March 3. A black comedy by Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan features Billy, a boy who stuns his rumor-starved community when he sails to a neighboring island to audition for a famous director who is shooting a documentary. Humorous and poignant, with rich and colorful characters, The Cripple of Inishmaan is Irish story-telling at its best.

The season concludes April 24-28 with El Grande De Coca-Cola, a musical revue by Ron House, John Neville-Andrews, Alan Shearman, Diz White and Sally Willis. This high-spirited, hilarious revue is set in a nightclub in Trujillo, Honduras where Pepe Hernandez's production of Parada de Estrellas (Parade of Stars) is about to open. Stars they aren't, but they will entertain in a style reminiscent of Second City Improv and Charlie Chaplin.

All performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. Performances are at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Season subscription rates are $28 for adults and $20 for senior citizens (62+) and youth (high school and below). Season tickets can be ordered by completing the form below or by calling (605) 677-5400.

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