The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
By Tennessee Williams

Late in his career, one of America’s greatest playwrights revisited some of his earlier works. This is his revised and, according to Williams, definitive version of his earlier play Summer and Smoke. Set in Mississippi in the early twentieth century, the repressed minister’s daughter Alma Winemiller tries to understand and connect with her free-spirited neighbor, John Buchanan Jr. Williams blends humor and pathos, realism and poetry, hope and regret in this achingly beautiful play.
Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage, September 26-29, 2019.

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The Story of Susanna
By Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
Inspired by the character from the biblical apocrypha, this play examines gender expectations, sexuality, and the cycles of violence that impact women from many walks of life. This award-winning Native Hawaiian and Samoan playwright takes us on a poetic journey that ultimately leaves us with a message of hope. Regional premiere.
Performed on the Arena Stage, October 24-27.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
By Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, and Peter Parnell
This family-friendly musical is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel and the beloved Disney film. Audiences of all ages will fall in love with the iconic characters of the beautiful heroine Esmeralda, the bell-ringer Quasimodo, the wicked Archdeacon Frollo, and the handsome Captain Phoebus.
Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage, November 22-24 and December 5-8.

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Men on Boats
By Jaclyn Backhaus
Adventure, history, drama and satire blend together in this uniquely metatheatrical play. Based on John Wesley Powell’s journals of his 1869 exploration of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, this play recasts the historical males with women performers. The play is an ode to the adventurous pioneer spirit while providing acute commentary on gender roles, manifest destiny, and how history is written.
Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage, February 20-23.

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The Ron Moyer One-Act Play Festival
USD’s popular annual festival of short plays has been renamed in honor of the longtime USD Theatre Professor and Department Chair. This collection of short plays are directed by graduate and advanced undergraduate directing students.
Performed on the Arena Stage, March 20-22.

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The Drowsy Chaperone
By Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin, and Don McKellar
Filled with delightful music, madcap comedy, and a stream of show-stopping dance numbers, this show provides a fast-paced and fun finale to USD’s theatre season. The impending wedding of a Broadway star and an oil tycoon nearly hits the rocks with all the intrigue created by a scheming producer, a ditzy hostess, a tipsy chaperone, and two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs. This 21st century musical is a loving and hilarious send-up of 1920s jazz musicals.
Performed on the Wayne S. Knutson Main Stage, April 17-19 and 23-26.

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Ticket Pricing:
Adult: $15
Senior (62+): $12
Youth (K-12) and Non-USD Students: $10
USD Student:
Free of charge to all fee paying students. Available only at the theatre box office. Students must present their student ID when picking up their tickets at the theatre box office, located in the College of Fine Arts.

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