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Spring 2015

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

by Bert V. Royal

Directed by Sophie Wood
March 12-15, 2015

Click here to read an article in The Vista, a USD newspaper.

Presented in The Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre, Camino Hall 131

An "unauthorized parody" reinvents the characters from the Peanuts as high school students wrestling with identity, rebellion, and purpose in a poignant dark comedy.

Tickes through Eventbrite.

Limited seating capacity so suggest early ticket purchase. Once show is sold out, you will no longer be able to purchase online. Remaining tickets available at The Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre box office in Camino Hall 131 one-half hour before the performances. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to curtain. Absolutely NO late seating please. Open seating only. No refunds. There will be a waiting list at the door for each performance.

DOG SEE GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

DOG SEES GOD has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Charles M. Schulz Estate or United Features Syndicate, which have no responsibility for its content.



Spring 2013

Adopted by the Reduced Shakespeare Company's "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” (Abridged): Hamlet

It’s William Shakespeare’s greatest work as you’ve never seen it! What can be grander than a production of what is widely considered the most influential and powerful piece of theatre written in the English language gracing the stage here at USD? Doing it as comedy in less than one hour! A group of enthusiastic actors attempt to put on Hamlet to the best of their abilities…with the added fact that none of them know the difference between Shakespeare and shinola. Produced by USD’s own student-run theatre group, Hamlet: Abridged promises to be an exciting and comedic twist on a revered classic.

USD Black Box Theatre (Camino Hall 131)
March 14-17, 2013

Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.

The show is free, so please sign-up for seat reservations on the Theatre Arts Call board located just outside Camino 130.

Seats reservations fill up fast, so signing up in advance is highly recommended. Donations for the show are accepted.

If seats reservations fill up during a particular show you want to see, a wait list will be available one hour before curtain.

Wait list does not guarantee a seat for the show, but it is first come, first serve sign ups so arrive early to be put on the list.

For additional show information, please contact Megan Smith, the production Manager at or 619-339-9768.





Student Lab presents "ColorBlind" ..... A Night of One Acts

Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 18 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 pm Matinee

Presented in the USD Black Box Theatre (C131) located in Camino Hall.

To reserve a ticket, sign up for a ticket on the Callboard outside the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies office, C130. Early arrival suggested due to limited seating. No late seating.

Cost of entry is a donation to support the students of the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department - give what you can! Donations support student participation at USITT and KCACTF this year.



Wed-Sat, February 17-20 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 pm

In the USD Black Box Theatre located in Camino Hall

Seating is very limited this year so plan on arriving early!
First come, first served. No late seating!



A collection of David Ives shorts blended with the antics/techniques of Dadaist theatre from post WWI Germany.

An evening of all student produced, directed, and performed work.

Five One-Act Plays:

  1. Words, Words, Words: Three chimpanzees attempt to write Hamlet. It discusses the merits of literature and questions its necessity.
  2. Sure Thing: A man and a woman meet for the first time in a cafe, where they have an awkward meeting continually reset each time they say the wrong thing, until, finally, they connect.
  3. Time Flies: Two lonely but sweet young mayflies meet at a pond and really hit it off. Unfortunately, Horace and May watch a nature program on this first night out and discover they have a lifespan of only one day-and their lives are half over.
  4. Enigma Variations: Zany hijinks as a pair of lookalikes named Bebe W.W. Doppel-gängler solve an identity crisis with the help of Dr. William W. Williams and his nurse Fifi, who may or may not be Aphrodite the Goddess of Love. Or is she a male gym-teacher in a dress?
  5. Captive Audience: A cautionary fable tells how Rob and Laura face a menace in their living room: a television that talks back to them and threatens to swallow them whole.


"FOOD FOR THOUGHT (a collection of 10 minute plays)"

FALL 2006

Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle, directed by Lauren Maul. A dark comedy about a young girl and her domestically abusive imaginary friend.
Fate: It's Your Choice by Brooke Hoyt, directed by Emily Henneke. A comedy about the character Fate being challenged by his opponent Free Choice.


"ARRiginal," The Spring 2006 Student Lab Theatre Playwright's Festival.
The Mirror Soliloquies, written and directed by Lauren Maul
Bedside Blue Sky, written and directed by Byrne Owens
The Pirate, The Greatest Thief, written and directed by Chris Kutches

Spring 2004


The Student Lab flexes its muscles in a fabulous production. Student written, directed, acted, and produced, this demonstration of commitment set a bar that student productions will continue to raise. Through this awesome experience, we realized the limitlessness to what we can accomplish.

Fall 2004


This theatre series is student-produced and provides opportunities in writing, directing, design, performance, and technical theatre.

Written by Christopher Durang, Student Lab produced: 'Dentity Crisis, DMV Tyrant, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and Naomi in the Living Room