South Dakota

by Richard W. Weingartner

directed by Mitchell Conway

 

On a family farm in Faith, South Dakota, the fields have been shorn of their fruits. Five unique narratives are inextricably linked by the land to a fate they do not fully comprehend: Curly leaves to fight in Afghanistan after September 11th; his cousin Priscilla loses her parents and one of her eyes in a car accident; Judd, a local farm boy, can't take his eyes off her; Curly's father, Bud, buries things in the cornfields; the ghost of a young Lakota girl, killed at Wounded Knee Creek, keeps a curse in the dirt. We discover the circumstances that have left both Bud and the farm empty shells of what they once were, the carnage that took place there over a century earlier, and the passionate bond shared by Curly and Priscilla. The result is a story with the epic scope of a Greek tragedy - taboo familial love, a hero running off to war to escape his fate, and the lingering ramifications of a massacre visited upon future generations. Quietly personal language, with a spare kind of lyricism, is grounded in the characters' lives and their relationship to the land. We see the chaotic dance of their inner struggle amidst the Great Incomprehensibility. It is a Rock & Roll ghost dance. The sense of place is evocative, shepherding the audience across centuries and continents to arrive at a new understanding of what it means to have roots, to come "from" somewhere - specifically, from South Dakota.

Performances: 

 1/30/2013 at 2:00pm
 1/31/2013 at 8:00pm
 2/1/2013 at 8:00pm
 2/2/2013 at 2:30pm
 2/2/2013 at 8:00pm
 2/3/2013 at 7:00pm
 2/7/2013 at 8:00pm
 2/8/2013 at 8:00pm
 2/9/2013 at 8:00pm

Theatre/Venue The Workshop Theater/ The Jewel Box  

312 W. 36th Street, Fourth Floor East  New York

Phone Number for Reservations  
Website for reservations http://southdakota.brownpapertickets.com/  
Running time 1hr. 15min. 

 

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