Student-directed, one-act plays to open November 16

Student-directed, one-act plays to open November 16 The USD Department of Theatre will present a bill of one-act plays Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The workshop production, which is directed by graduate students, includes Unveiling by Vaclav Havel, Botticelli by Terrence McNally, and John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo.

Set in the upscale home of a young, over-achieving couple, Unveiling is a comic exploration of how we measure success. Over the course of the action we see socialites, Vera and Michael, played by Jennifer Edwards, Parkston, and Jamie Wooley, Sioux City, IA, pressuring the artistic and philosophical Vanek, played by Elliott Harmon, Pierre, into pursuing a life of material comfort. Vanek is thought to represent the author, Vaclav Havel, the social-political activist and former president of the Czech Republic. Brian Begley of Vermillion directs the action.

Botticelli is set in Vietnam where two American soldiers play an intellectual guessing game while waiting to ambush an enemy soldier. The play, which ends in shocking fashion, contrasts humanistic concepts against the reality of war. Botticelli is directed by Keith Geoden, Yankton, while Adam Calhoon, White River, Dan Baker, Yankton, and Shannon Cutler, Aberdeen, play soldiers.

Shanley's Savage in Limbo uses wit and inventiveness to explore the hopes and dreams of a group of rootless young "losers" who congregate in an anonymous Bronx bar, hoping to find purpose in an often purposeless world. Daniel Miller, Vermillion, directs the action, while Rose Ann Kelly, Aberdeen, Cathy Andela, Hawarden, IA, Danielle Buechler, Beresford, Brian Adams, Lead, and Trent Kielty, Yankton, play characters who struggle to be free from the limbo of loneliness.

As seating is limited in the Arena Theatre, reservations are recommended. Tickets are $3 for the general public and $1 for USD Students with ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling the USD Theatre box office at 677-5400.

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