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State University Theatre and Dance to perform 'The Living' under COVID-19 protocols

The Living - 11-2020 - rehearsal
State University Theatre and Dance will perform "The Living" Nov. 20 and 21 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Olivia Davis.

South Dakota State University’s State University Theatre and Dance continues its fall 2020 season at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21 with “The Living” by Anthony Clarvoe. The performances will be at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.

In 1665, the bubonic plague brought London to its knees. “The Living” follows Londoners who remain in the city as they struggle to find meaning in the midst of a catastrophic epidemic. Based in part on existing records from the period and Daniel Defoe’s “Journal of the Plague Year,” this remarkable, riveting drama provides a compelling confirmation of life.

Directed by professor J.D. Ackman, the production includes student actors Bradley Herrmann (Sioux Falls), Abby Turner (Miller), Braden Paulsen (Brandon), Grant Gunderson (Brandon), Hope Osborn (Milbank), Brady Wright (Rock Rapids, Iowa), Olivia Davis (Brookings) and Parker Rinehart (Volga). The student technical and production team includes Kelsey Werpy (Brookings), Keith Campbell (Brookings), David Kastner (Redfield) and Katherine Telkamp (Rock Rapids, Iowa).

“This is a particularly timely story. Our patrons will find significant parallels between Clarvoe’s play and our current situation. I am especially proud of the cast and crew, as they have been more than equal to the challenges of rehearsing and preparing the show with all of the considerations necessary to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible during the process,” Ackman said.

Tickets are only available by ordering online at the State University Theatre and Dance ticketing website. Patrons may purchase tickets for either the in-person performances or the synchronous livestreamed performances. Tickets will not be available at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center Box Office or on-site before each performance. In addition, there will be no will call areas. Patrons should use the print-at-home option or save their tickets to a mobile device.

Social distancing, SDSU protocols and other public safety considerations will be in place at all performances. The performers, front-of-house personnel and patrons will wear masks.

For more information or assistance, please call the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center Box Office at 605-688-6045 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today through Friday and Nov. 16-20.