USD’s ‘God of Carnage’ chosen to perform at regional festival

The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will bring "God of Carnage" back to the stage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 for a special performance in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. Admission is free with no reservations required for this presentation of "God of Carnage," which has been selected to perform at Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Ames, Iowa, on Jan. 18. Knutson Theatre will open its doors at 1:30 p.m. with general seating for the matinee show.

Pictured in this scene of ‘God of Carnage’ are cast members of cast members Kendra Bolan, Patrick Beasley, Emily Dorsett and Cody Strand. (Photo courtesy of USD Theatre Department)

KCACTF is a national theater education program which identifies and promotes quality in college-level theatre production. Region V includes colleges and universities from a six-state region (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas).  "God of Carnage," which was originally performed in Vermillion, Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, is one of five productions – out of approximately 40 competing university productions in the region, invited to perform at the Festival where students compete for scholarships and awards in a wide range of theatre activities, including acting, directing, design, technology, stage management and dramaturgy.

They also attend workshops, audition for summer stock theatre and view invited productions.  USD Theatre performances of Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning comedy will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Fisher Theater on the campus of Iowa State University. 

"God of Carnage" is about two sets of parents who meet for the first time to reconcile a schoolyard conflict which has occurred between their young sons. Their discussions run the gambit of emotions, from pleasantries to an all-out battle of wits. USD Theatre's production was a regional premiere that featured Cody Strand of Brandon as Michael Novak, Kendra Bolan of Lincoln, NE as Veronica Novak, Patrick Beasley of Lincoln, NE as Alan Raleigh and Emily Dorsett of Sioux City, IA as Annette Raleigh.

The artistic team includes professors Tim Case (scenic), Linda Scribner (costumes), Anthony Pellecchia (lighting), Scott Mollman (technical direction) and Eric Hagen (stage direction). James Hovland, a graduate student from Yankton, serves as sound designer.

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