The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre continues its season in late March with Rebecca Gilman's chilling contemporary drama "Boy Gets Girl." Playing in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, March 24-28, "Boy Gets Girl" is a story of romantic pursuit gone awry.
Under the direction of graduate student Rachel Foulks (Ponca, NE), Boy Gets Girl follows Theresa, a young, successful reporter, played by Danielle Herren (Sioux Falls) who goes on a blind date with Tony, another soul searching for love, portrayed by Aaron Kuchta (Hartington, NE). After two awkward yet illuminating dates, Theresa sees no point in continuing the relationship. Tony thinks otherwise and begins to stalk Theresa, threatening her personal safety and ability to maintain her identity.
Theresa enlists the aid of her boss Howard, (Tom Crouse, Morris, MN) and coworkers Mercer (Allen Jones, Miller) and Harriet (Brooke Grassby, Rapid City), but is eventually forced to call upon the assistance of Detective Beck (Erin Gallion, Salina, KS). To Theresa's surprise, the only solace that she finds comes from her interviews with the aged, irreverent adult film director Les Kennkat (Kevin Noteboom, Bloomington, MN).
Hiding in plain sight, Tony is as menacing as he is anonymous, and Theresa is left increasingly defenseless as her sense of self is systemically stripped away.
"Boy Gets Girl," which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2000, contains adult themes and language. Performances are March 24-27 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for youth and non-USD students with ID, and $4 for USD students with ID. They can be reserved by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or online at www.usd.edu/theatre. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m.