NSU presents `sinister comedy’

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The upcoming play at Northern State University shows that stamp collecting can be riskier than you think.

“Mauritius,” written by Theresa Rebeck, is described as a thriller and a “sinister comedy” about stamps.

Tickets go on sale Monday for the play, which runs Feb. 13-16 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater.

Rebeck is a prolific screenwriter, novelist and playwright. She co-wrote, with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, “Omnium Gatherum,” which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her works also include “Seminar” and the recent play “Dead Accounts,” which had its world premiere on Broadway last fall. She created the NBC TV series “Smash.” The Emmy Award winner has also written for TV’s “L.A. Law,” “Law and Order,” “Criminal Intent,” “NYPD Blue” and “Brooklyn Bridge.”

The stamps in the play are the rare Mauritius “Post Office” stamps that were issued by the British colony Mauritius in 1847, in two denominations: an orange-red one penny and a deep blue two pence. They are among the rarest and most valuable postage stamps in the world, according to a news release.

“Mauritius” is about trust, greed, sisterhood and loyalty, according to the press release.

The cast includes Sarah Honerman of Sioux Falls, Haley Hubbard of DeSmet, Kody Kyriss of Lesterville, Robert Micciulla of Manitou Springs, Colo., and Tyson Meyer of Leola.

The production is directed and scene-designed by Joshua John Frachiseur, assistant professor of design. Aberdeen Community Theatre’s Brian T. Schultz will handle the lighting and sound design. Tina Hanagan is the technical director.

Katie Wegleitner of Lake City and Brandon Sieck of Sulley 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, and tickets are available in the NSU Bookstore from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Only cash and checks are accepted.

This production features adult language and is recommended for high school age and older. For additional information, call 605-626-2563.