Arts at ASU 2014-15 Season
June 02, 2014
Subscriptions cost $30 per person and allow admission to all Arts at ASU events. Subscribers also have the option of reserving seats for theatre productions two days before the general public. Dinner theatre events are an additional $15 per person to cover the cost of the meal, and subscribers are offered the option of skipping the meal and the extra $15 payment.
Theatre performances will include comedies, musicals and dramas, beginning with the summer dinner theatre production “The Channeler” June 26-29 and July 3-5 in the ASU Modular Theatre. A second summer dinner theatre, “Leaving Iowa,” will run July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 7-9 in the Modular Theatre, which is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.
ASU’s production of “The Channeler” will be the world premiere of the new comedy written by Dr. Trey Smith, an ASU associate professor of mathematics. Dealing with issues of identity, the play features Horace, who has no control over who he becomes or what he does, something that is a constant benefit to others. But is there a place in the world for a totally selfless person?
“Leaving Iowa” is a toast to the idealism and character of the “greatest generation” and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. Written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, the comedy premiered in 2004.
The first theatre production of the fall semester will be Jaime Robledo’s “Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes,” which will run Oct. 10-12 and 17-18 in the ASU Auditorium. The comedy, which premiered in 2010, is the story of a good man trapped in the shadow of a great man, told through a theatrically inventive and high-energy play. The ASU Auditorium is located in the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Avenue N.
Arts at ASU’s traditional Holiday Dinner Theatre will be a musical, “The Gifts of the Magi,” which will run Nov. 20-23 and Dec. 4-6 in the Modular Theatre. With music by Randy Courts and lyrics by Courts and Mark St. Germain, the 1988 play weaves two short stories by O. Henry into a show that combines moments of comedy and drama.
During the 2015 spring semester, the musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” will run March 12-15 in the ASU Auditorium. The show, which opened on Broadway in 1995, features hits from the 1950s and ’60s written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded by stars of that era, from Elvis Presley and Peggy Lee to Ben E. King and the Coasters. The original cast recording won a Grammy Award in 1996.
The 2014-15 season will conclude with “Rabbit Hole,” a drama by David Lindsay-Abaire, which will be staged April 30-May 3 and May 7-9 in the Modular Theatre. The play, which premiered in 2006, charts the effects on a family after a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down. “Rabbit Hole” won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was made into a 2010 movie starring Nicole Kidman.
Musical events are scheduled during the fall and spring semesters and include concerts by such performance groups as the ASU Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Chorale and more, as well as recitals by faculty members and students. More details will be available after classes begin in August and January.
For more information or to subscribe, contact the Arts at ASU program at 325-942-2146 or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/arts/theatre/theatre_schedule.php.