The season opens with John Steinbeck's towering depression-era drama, Of Mice and Men, Oct. 17-21. Of Mice and Men features George and Lennie, two drifters whose dreams of a better life go horribly awry when Lennie has a fateful encounter with the wife of his boss's son. Steinbeck skillfully examines themes of friendship and loyalty against the backdrop of survival in the 1930s.
Chicago, a jazzy musical by the incomparable Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb and John Kander, takes the stage Dec. 7-11. Produced in cooperation with the Department of Music, Chicago tells the story of two murderous chorines who compete for media attention, freedom and fame while on death row. A dazzling score that includes All That Jazz, Mr. Cellophane and Razzle Dazzle has made Chicago popular with audiences worldwide for over eight decades. The 1996 Broadway revival won six Tony Awards and a recent film version featured Renee Zellwiger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere.
Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore explodes onto the stage March 5-9. Someone has killed "mad" Padraic's cat on the island of Inishmore, Ireland, and this renegade terrorist is determined to find out who did it. This recent Broadway sensation is a hilarious and bloody tale about the absurdity of terrorism in a world gone mad. The Lieutenant of Inishmore contains mature themes, strong language, and violence.
The year closes with The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Set in 18th-century Bath, England, The Rivals is a masterful blend of romance and comedy as the hero, Captain Absolute, uses disguise to pursue Lydia Languish, the heroine who is obsessed with romantic ideals of love. The Rivals is a classic example of an 18th-century comedy of manners.
All performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Season tickets, which represent a 25 percent savings over standard ticket prices, are $32 for adults, $20 for youths (K-12) and non-USD students, and $12 for USD students with a valid I.D. A form for ordering season tickets can be downloaded from the University Theatre Web site at www.usd.edu/cfa/Theatre or can be requested by calling (605) 677-5400.