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'God of Carnage' opens State University Theatre and Dance season

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South Dakota State University’s State University Theatre and Dance opens its spring 2021 season with “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Oscar Larson Theatre in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. The performances will be in person and available via livestreaming.

In this 2009 Tony Award winner for best play, a playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, tensions emerge and leave the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. This production is not recommended for children due to adult language.

SDSU professor W. James Wood is directing two casts who will alternate performances. The decision to do so was in the interest of observing appropriate safety protocols and providing more students the opportunity to perform.

Students performing Feb. 25 and Feb. 27 include Rachel Goldsmith, Mobridge; Keith Campbell, Brookings; Erin-Leigh Moses, Iowa City, Iowa; and Zach Peyton, Minnetonka, Minnesota. Students performing Feb. 26 and Feb. 28 include Betsey Williams, Emporia, Kansas; Skyllar Schoening, Roseau, Minn.; Katrina Weber, Emery; and Braden Paulsen, Brandon.

Starting Feb. 15, tickets are only available by ordering online at the SUT ticketing website. Patrons may purchase tickets for either the in-person performances or the streamed 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 COVID-19 protocols and other public safety considerations will be in place at all performances. The performers, all front-of-house personnel and patrons need to wear masks as South Dakota State University requires face coverings in all public indoor spaces on campus (Level 3) until further notice.

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. Feb. 22-26.