VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre begins its season with Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” running Sept. 28 – Oct. 8 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre.

The production uses abstract drumming to tell the story of a small village in France where the townsfolk are, one by one, transformed from humans into wild rhinoceroses.

Dan Frye, from Branford, Connecticut, is a junior majoring in acting and plays the central role of Berenger, who struggles hard against becoming another in the growing mass of rhinos. Katie Meirose, from Sturgis, South Dakota, is a senior double majoring in acting and anthropology, and plays the role of Berenger’s friend Jean.

“Rhinoceros” runs at 7: 30 p.m. from Sept. 28–30 and Oct. 4–7 with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Oct. 1 and 8 at the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (62 and older), $10 for students in grades K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $5 for USD students with ID. They can be purchased at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling 605-677-5400. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.usd.edu/theatre.

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