Student-directed one-act plays open Nov. 17 at USD

Student-directed one-act plays open Nov. 17 at USD
Student work will be featured in The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre's annual workshop production of one-act plays.� Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in advanced directing will present a diverse assortment of short plays, Nov. 17-19 at 7 p.m. in the Arena Theatre at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

This year's plays, which include four comedies and a drama, explore such diverse situations as age differences in a romantic relationship; a bizarre, unsolved murder; a hospital environment that is more apt to cause a mental breakdown rather than cure one; a surprise meeting between Shakespeare and the Queen; and unwed motherhood.

The evening begins with The New Quixote, a comedy by the popular British playwright Michael Frayn. Directed by Regina Aerts, a senior (Malcolm, NE), The New Quixote reveals new love in bloom. She is in her late 30s; he is in his early 20s, a difference in age that leads to humor and the question, "Will it work?" �

The second show is Family Tree, a drama by Emily Dendinger.�In this play, director Nanette Hofer, a graduate student from Sioux Falls, shows us three generations of women coming to terms with choices they have made in their lives.

The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage, which is directed by April Hubbard, a graduate student from Orange City, IA, is David Ives' playful spoof of the murder mystery genre.

Aaron B. Larson (Chamberlain) directs George Bernard Shaw's The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, a fantasy which features William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth and the Dark Lady who unexpectedly meet and match wits on the bank of the Thames.�

The bill of one-acts concludes with Consolation by Charles James. Sarah Bauer, a senior from Rapid City, directs this wacky comedy which is set in the psychiatric ward of a hospital and features a quirky assortment of individuals struggling for normalcy.�

Tickets are $4 for the general public and $2 for students with a valid University ID. Seating is limited in the Arena Theatre, so reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (605) 677-5400 or by stopping by the University Theatre box office in the afternoons beginning Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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