Natural History will premiere at USD

Natural History will premiere at USD Natural History (four love stories), an exciting new work by Jennifer Camp, will have its regional premiere at the University of South Dakota's Theatre Department in April. Natural History will run April 20-23 at 8 p.m., and April 24 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $6 for youth, and $2 for USD students with valid ID. Reservations can be made by calling (605) 677-5400 or by stopping by the University Theatre box office in the afternoons beginning April 13.

A 2002 semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Natural History (four love stories) is a quartet of love stories which examine the challenges of contemporary relationships. The first of the four sections is called "The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda." This scene asks what goes on inside a shy person's head while working up the courage to talk to that special someone. The second piece, "Birds of the World," asks what is it that brings couples together, and how do they deal with life's circumstances when things don't always go right. "Ocean Life," the third vignette, makes us wonder about the people who have disappeared from our lives.�� The fourth and final scene "The Big Bang" is comedic and it questions social morals and values when divorced couples are finally able to move on.���

The part of Lillian in "The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda" will be played by senior theatre major Rose Anne Kelly, a native of Aberdeen. The role of Ben, also in "The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda," will be performed by a third year MFA student in lighting design named Bram Davidson from Minot, ND.

"Birds of the World" will feature the work of Jonnie Stapleton, a sophomore theatre major from South Sioux City, NE as Buddy. Claire will be taken on by Emily Bonnema, a junior theatre education major, who hails from Sheldon, IA, and Joie Bauer, a junior theatre major, who calls Morse Bluff, NE, home, is cast in the role of Phillip.

The third scene "Ocean Life" features the talents of senior theatre major Werner Christensen of Freeman. The fourth and final scene is titled "The Big Bang." Mike Brewer who hails from Sioux Falls and is in his last year of study towards a degree in economics, will play the role of Richard. Martha Crouse a senior theatre major from Morris, MN, will take on the role of Barbara, and the role of Spencer will be played by Ryan Henderson a junior theatre/political science major who hails from Rapid City.��

Ms. Camp earned her MFA in dramatic writing from NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Her work can be seen off-off Broadway at Vital Theatre as part of their "Vital Signs One-Act Festival." Her screenplay Mary Read was a semi-finalist for the 2004 Chesterfield Film Fellowship sponsored by Paramount Pictures.��

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