The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre's 2012-2013 season brings to the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre a Greek tragedy, two musicals, and a farce reminiscent of silent era movies. The season opens with Medea, Euripides' towering classic, Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Performed with the ancient convention of masks, Medea reveals the tragic side of jealousy and betrayal when Medea vows revenge after being wronged and discarded by her husband, Jason. The holidays kick off with Brigadoon, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's endearing musical, November 29 – December 3. Set in a fantastical Scottish town, Brigadoon features high spirited folk dancing, spectacular sets and costumes, and musical theatre standards like "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean" and "Almost Like Being in Love". Brigadoon is produced in collaboration with Music Department and the USD Orchestra.
Second semester finds the farce Silent Laughter on the main stage, February 20 – 24. Written by Billy van Zandt and Jane Milmore, Silent Laughter brings roaring 20's silent movie mayhem to the stage as a dashing hero overcomes jail, poverty, World War I and a dastardly villain to win the girl of his dreams. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent concludes the season, April 17 – 21. With book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of young artists struggling to make it in New York City. The pop-rock score and story about finding love and living for today resonates with audiences of all ages.
All performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre with evening performances at 7:30 PM and the Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Season tickets, which provide a 25 percent savings over standard ticket prices, are $45 for adults, $36 for senior citizens (62+), $30 for youth (k-12) and non-USD students, and $15 for USD students with a valid ID. A form for ordering season tickets can be downloaded from the USD Theatre website at www.usd.edu/theatre or can be requested by calling 605.677.5400.
About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a large College of Arts and Sciences, a School of Education and the state's only Law School, Medical School, accredited Business School and College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of approximately 8,700 students taught by 400 faculty members. More information is available at http://www.usd.edu/urelations/news.