Works by leading contemporary playwrights David Ives, Christopher Durang, and Beth Henley are included, as well as plays by Evan Smith, Joseph Clark, and USD student Jonnie Stapleton.
The evening of short plays includes The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang, Between A Frog and Mike Belzer by Joseph Clark, Am I Blue by Beth Henley, Babel's In Arms by David Ives, Remedial English by Evan Smith, and Formal Chaos by senior theatre major, Jonnie Stapleton.
Directors for the plays include Dacia Dick from Kansas City; South Dakota students Patrick Stone of Yankton, Emily Bonnema of Elk Point, Aaron Laudermith of Pierre, and Rob Garness of Belle Fourche, and South Sioux City, NE native, Jonnie Stapleton, respectively.
As some of the plays contain strong language and mature themes, parental discretion is advised.
The student directors are enrolled in Theatre 451/731, Advanced Directing, a course which provides students opportunities to apply theories learned in the classroom to the performance situation. Working in a workshop environment with minimal budgetary and technical support, the directors seek efficiencies and creative solutions to the challenges that their plays present.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $4 for the general public and $2 for USD students with current ID. As seating is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the University Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400.
Box office hours are noon to 5:00 p.m. beginning on Nov. 1.