ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Theater is excited to announce its next production – a “sinister comedy” entitled “Mauritius.”
“Mauritius” – a thriller about trust, greed, sisterhood, loyalty and a stamp – will play four performances in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater at 7:30 pm. Feb. 13-16.
The play, by Theresa Rebeck, begins simply enough – with stamp album in hand, Jackie stands at the doorway of a stamp shop, seeking to get a stamp collection appraised. Her mother has died, and the stamps are now in her possession. Jackie and her half-sister, Mary, spar over who really owns those stamps, two of which may be more valuable than anyone imagined. Add in three shady stamp lovers and you have a play that is part mystery, part family drama, part crime yarn, part dark comedy and part budding love story.
The stamps in question are the rare Mauritius "Post Office" stamps that were issued by the British Colony Mauritius in September 1847, in two denominations: an orange-red one-penny and a deep blue two-pence. Their name comes from the wording on the stamps reading "Post Office," which was soon changed in the next issue to "Post Paid." They are among the rarest and most valuable postage stamps in the world.
“Mauritius” features NSU students Sarah Honerman of Sioux Falls as Mary and Haley Hubbard of De Smet as Jackie. The questionable dealers are played by Kody Kyriss of Lesterville as Dennis; Robert Micciulla of Manitou Springs, Colo., as Philip; and Tyson Meyer of Leola as Sterling. The production is directed and scene designed by assistant professor of design, Joshua John Frachiseur. ACT’s Brian T. Schultz will handle the lighting and sound design. Tina Hanagan will be technical director. Katie Wegleitner of Lake City and Brandon Sieck of Sully Buttes will create the costumes. Ben Villa of Rapid City will stage manage, assisted by Larissa Buchholz of Tripp.
Tickets are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors and non-NSU students. Seating is not reserved. Tickets are available in the NSU Bookstore 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cash or checks only, please. This production features adult language and is recommended for high school age and older.
For more information, call 605-626-2563.