University Theatre will soon begin new season

University Theatre will soon begin new season The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will soon open its 2002-2003 season of plays with Broken Glass, an award-winning drama by Arthur Miller, Oct. 16-20 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre.

Miller, who also authored Death of A Salesman and The Crucible, sets the action of Broken Glass in Brooklyn, NY, in November of 1938, a time that corresponds with the Nazi pogrom Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). The play tells the story of Sylvia Gellburg, a Jewish woman who has suddenly and mysteriously become paralyzed from the waist down. Although her condition baffles friends and family, Dr. Hyman, who probes her psyche, discovers a minefield of potential causes as the play explores what it means to be American and Jewish in 1938.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, follows in the Knutson Theatre Nov. 20-24. Co-produced by the Departments of Music and Theatre, Joseph�? uses a cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n roll, to bring a timeless tale of perseverance, forgiveness and the power of dreams � to life.

William Shakespeare's boisterous comedy The Taming of the Shrew plays Feb. 19-23. This classic tale of conflict between the sexes is filled with fast-paced action, mistaken identities and misunderstandings. The fun gives way, however, to a thoughtful examination of marriage and the nature of identity.

The season closes April 23-27 with Ghosts, a 19th century classic drama by Henrik Ibsen, the reputed "father of modern drama." Considered shocking at the time of its publication, Ghosts examines alcoholism, the sanctity of marriage, and the duty of the son to honor his father, all against the backdrop of mindless acceptance of Victorian conventions. Ghosts also serves as a lead-in to the College for Fine Arts' Scandinavia and the Americas Festival which will be featured throughout the 2003-2004 school year.

All performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre with evening performances at 8 p.m. and matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. University Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of Lacy Lovelies of Le Mars, IA, for its generous support.

The University Theatre box office opens for ticket sales to Broken Glass on Wednesday, Oct. 9. 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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