USD Theatre announces performances for 2003-04

USD Theatre announces performances for 2003-04 The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre has announced its 2003-2004 season of plays. Included are a contemporary farce, a classical tragedy, a 1950's political comedy, and a gleefully absurd musical comedy.

The season opens Oct. 15-19 with Taking Steps, a farce by Britain's most prolific contemporary playwright � Alan Ayckbourn, who refers to the play as

"a tale of love, confusion and freedom."�

In Taking Steps, Ayckbourn adds a novel twist, however, by compressing a three level home onto a single level so that rooms overlap and merge.� This inventive scenic device brings characters into hysterically unique relationships.

Women of Troy by Euripides follows on Dec. 3-7. In Kenneth McLeish's new, fast-paced translation of the Greek masterpiece we are introduced to a

timely perspective of the aftermath of war.

Max Frisch's political comedy Biedermann and the Firebugs will bring some heat to the stage when it plays Feb. 25-29. Translated by Mordecai Gorelik, Beidermann and the Firebugs is set in a post-World War II era when fear of atomic war was ever-present. With arsonists and a chorus of firemen as major characters Frisch playfully attacks our inability to accept responsibility for past actions.

The season closes April 21-25 with Little Shop of Horrors, a musical comedy produced in cooperation with the Department of Music. Recently revived on Broadway, this gleefully gruesome tale centers around Seymour, an assistant to a florist, and a man-eating plant with a voracious appetite.

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 University Theatre box office opens for ticket sales to Taking Steps on Wednesday, Oct. 8.� Season subscriptions, with savings of 20 percent off regular ticket prices, are available at $32 each for adults, $26 for senior citizens (62+), and $18 for youth (K-12).

To receive an application for season subscriptions, call (605)

677-5400.

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