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Arts at ASU to Present ‘Butterflies are Free’

July 19, 2011

Angelo State University’s Arts at ASU program will present the Tony Award-winning play “Butterflies are Free” for its second summer dinner theatre production beginning Thursday, July 28, in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Show times will be at 8 p.m. July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6 with dinner served each night at 7 p.m. A matinee performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, with dinner served at 1 p.m. Doors will open 15 minutes before dinner for each performance. The Modular Theatre is located in ASU’s Carr Education-Fine Arts (EFA) Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

The play focuses on Don Baker, who has been blind since birth and is the hero of his mother’s book series for children, “Donny Dark.” With his overprotective mother following his every move at home, Don decides to rent an apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. His mother’s controlling instincts go into overdrive when she meets Don’s kooky neighbor, Jill, leading to some rollicking fun for the audience.

ASU student cast members include Nicole McDonald as Jill, Jacob Scott as Don, Jamie Westfall as Mrs. Baker and Brian Carter as Ralph.

Mike Burnett, ASU assistant professor of theatre, will direct the play. He has worked on more than 750 productions, including “When the World was Green” by Joe Chaikin and Sam Shepard for the Atlanta Cultural Olympiad. Also among his directing credits are “The House of Bernarda Alba,” “Waiting for Godot,” “Endgame,” “A Shayna Maidel” and Brecht’s “Galileo.”

Eldra Sanford is costumer and costume designer for the production; Matt Smith is the technical director and set designer; Janna Pinson is the stage manager; Michael Loftis is the box office manager and house manager; Martin Rodriguez and Amber Horton are the master carpenters; Marshall Van Pelt is the master electrician; and Bernardino “Chito” Hernandez is the wardrobe manager.

Tickets are on sale now at $12.50 for ASU students and ASU activity card holders, $15 for non-ASU students and Arts at ASU subscribers, and $20 for the general public. The ASU box office is open weekdays from 2-6 p.m. in the EFA Building. For reservations, call 942-2000.

For more information on the production, contact the Arts at ASU office at 942-2146.

 

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