Theatre features new works, classics

Theatre features new works, classics
The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre brings a mix of exciting new works and classics to the stage for its 2006-2007 season, including William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Macbeth, the hilarious Broadway sensation Urinetown, The Musical, Shelagh Stephenson's new play An Experiment with an Air Pump, and Hay Fever, a zany 1920s-era comedy by playwright Noel Coward.

The season will begin with William Shakespeare's Macbeth, a towering tale of ambition gone awry opens the season in a modern-dress interpretation, Oct. 11-15. Directed by professor Ronald L. Moyer, this timeless classic chronicles the title character's bloody climb to the throne and his inevitable fall.�

Playing Dec. 1-5 is the hilarious Broadway sensation Urinetown, The Musical, which won three Tony Awards in 2002 and was nominated for another six. Produced in cooperation with the Department of Music, Urinetown, The Musical is set in a drought-plagued future where water is at a premium and people have to pay to use public restrooms. The restrooms are controlled by the Urine Good Company, a large corporation that is only interested in maximizing its profits through heavy taxation of a public that is on the verge of rebellion.

Described as "irreverent" and "impudent," Urinetown, The Musical takes great delight in bringing to our attention important issues regarding conservation and our place in a world driven by consumption. With music that parodies classic Broadway shows like Les Mis, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown, The Musical is both delightful and familiar.�

Shelagh Stephenson's new play An Experiment with an Air Pump is on the Knutson stage, Feb. 21-25, 2007. This important new work by one of England's leading contemporary playwrights has the unique feature of being set at the turns of two centuries, one heralding the birth of the Industrial Age, the other the age of bio-technology.

The season closes April 25-29, 2007 with Hay Fever, a zany 1920s-era comedy by British playwright Noel Coward. Hay Fever centers on the Blisses, an ultra-Bohemian English family with a retired actress as the matriarch. When each member of the family, unbeknownst to the others, invites a guest to their country estate for a weekend, the guests receive an unusual reception.

All performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson theatre with a new evening curtain time of 7:30 p.m.�Sunday matinees remain at 2 p.m. Season tickets, which represent a 25 percent savings over standard ticket prices, are $32 for adults, $26 for senior citizens (65+), $20 for youth (k-12) and non-USD students, and $10 for USD students with ID.

Season ticket order forms can be downloaded from or by calling 605-677-5400.

For more information on USD's 2006-2007 theatre season, please contact Eric Hagen at 605-677-5736.

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