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2015-16 University Theatre Season

The Arts at ASU 2015-16 season will continue to present the very best in music and theatre entertainment to the Concho Valley. Join us for a season of great music events, comedies, musicals, and drama. That’s a complete season of six theatre productions and 10 music events! Join us for a season filled with laughter, thought, tears and fine music when you subscribe to the ARTS AT ASU.


  Summer 2015

Dinner Theatre 1
“Talley’s Folly”
by Lanford Wilson

Comedy
June 25-28 and July 2-4, 2015
ASU Modular Theatre

The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible, but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships. - Dramatists Play Service

Winner of both the 1980 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best play of the season.  

Dinner Theatre 2
“The Dinner Party”
by Neil Simon

Comedy
July 30 - August 2 and August 6-8, 2015
ASU Modular Theatre

Here is a decidedly French dinner party served up in a chaotic mode that only a master of comedy could create. Five people are invited to dine at a first rate restaurant in Paris. They do not know who the other guests will be or why they have been invited. Tossed together in a private dining room, they have a sneaking suspicion that this unorthodox dinner party will forever change their lives. John Ritter and Henry Winkler starred in the wildly successful Kennedy Center production and on Broadway.   – Samuel French, Inc

“A blizzard of one liners…The audience can bank on some good laughs.” - New York Daily News

“Frequently hilarious but also dangerously serious…An invitation you’ll be glad you accepted.” - New York Post                                                                                                          


  Fall 2015

“keepingabreast”
by Jackie Rosefeld

Dramatic Comedy
October 2-4 and 9-10, 2015
ASU Auditorium

Mina has a lump in her breast and it’s resisting the chemotherapy. Her doctor recommends she have a mastectomy, but she’s only 28 years old. She has two weeks to decide whether keeping her breast is worth risking her life. Will Mina’s parents have the right answer? Will her best friend know what to do? How about her local stripper or porn shop employee? The fact of the matter is that everyone has an opinion about breasts, and Mina is determined to examine as many sides as she can before making a decision that will change her life forever. Ms. Rosenfeld’s play is a touching and deeply funny exploration of one woman’s journey to define her breasts and herself.

 ASU Alum Jackie Rosenfeld’s keepingabreast has been produced three times in New York, New York, with single theatres producing it in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lubbock, Texas and elsewhere around the country.  We are hoping it will help raise awareness of breast cancer while informong our social attitudes in regard to womens’ bodies.

 


  Holiday Dinner Theatre

“Expecting Isabel”

by Lisa Loomer 

Comdey
November 12-15, and 19-21, 2015
ASU Modular Theatre

EXPECTING ISABEL is a comedy about the adventures of a New York couple trying to have a baby—by any means necessary. Their difficulties in conceiving lead them on an “Alice in Wonderland-esque” odyssey through the booming baby business as they negotiate the fertility trade, the adoption industry and their own families.  - Dramatists Play Service

 ”…humorous and extremely well-researched…a tart tour of the emotional horrors that can come with trying to make a miracle…Loomer wants you to listen to her front-line report, and comedy is her bait.” —Washington Times. “…[an] intriguing new play…It’s a tragicomic story that’s painfully familiar to a distressingly large number of people…germane and deeply affecting…” —Orange Co. Register

“…a sweet and very knowing story…keen satire on the fertility industry and the extreme lengths to which some people will go…”  —LA Life

 


  Spring 2016

“Titanic” (in concert)  
Story and Book by Peter Stone with Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston 

Spring Musical
February 18-21, 2016
ASU Auditorium

The sinking of the TITANIC in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world-called, in fact, the “unsinkable” ship-should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it.

It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century, with its social stricture, its extravagant codes of honor and sacrifice, and its unswerving belief that God favored the rich, ended that night.

The musical play TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship—of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure—but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our TITANIC is the TITANIC herself. — Peter Stone


“The Crucible”
by Arthur Miller 

Drama
April 28-May 1 and May 5-7, 2016
ASU Modular Theatre

The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.  - Dramatists Play Service

 Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. “A powerful drama.”  —NY Times 


   2nd Stage Productions

Intimate theatre produced by our students

Fresh Faces

Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society, presents this annual evening of scenes and songs showcasing the newest class of talent.
Sept. 9, 2015

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Texas State Festival

Grayson County College

Oct. 14-17, 2015

Studio Theatre Production 1—TBA

Oct. 23-24, 2015

Studio Theatre Production 2—TBA

Dec. 4-5, 2015

KCACTF Theatre Festival Evening of Scenes and Designs

A collaboration of scenes, monologues, and design/ technology/stage management presentations that will be showcased at the Regional KCACTF Festival.
Feb. 6, 2016

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VI Festival

Angelo State University, Host

Feb. 22-27, 2016

Alpha Psi Omega Studio Theatre Production—TBA

April 15-16, 2016 


For more information, call:

Theatre Program: 325-942-2146
Box Office: 325-942-2000

Subscribe to the Arts at ASU

The Arts at ASU continues to present the very best in music and theatre entertainment to the Concho Valley. Join us for a season of great music events, comedies, musicals and drama. A subscription includes a complete season of six theatre productions and 10 music events. Download our Season Subscription Brochure here.

Use this Subscription Form to get your season tickets.

Ticket Prices

General Admission: $8 for plays and musicals, $20 for dinner theatres

ASU Students: $3 for plays and musicals, $12.50 for dinner theatres

Non-ASU Students: $4 for plays and musicals, $15 for dinner theatres

ASU Activity Card Holders: Free admission to plays and musicals, $12.50 for dinner theatres

Subscribers: $30 subscription – Free admission to plays and musicals, $15 for dinner theatres

University Theatre productions run two weekends each. Tentative dates are listed on this page.

Please Note: All Sunday theatrical performances, including dinner theatres, will curtain at 2 p.m. All other theatre performances begin at 8 p.m. For dinner theatres, dinner is served one hour before curtain time, and doors open one hour and 15 minutes before curtain.

Scholarships

Patrons who would like to donate to one of our endowed scholarships will be listed in the donors section of the theatre program for the season in which the donation is made.

Current endowment scholarships are:

  • Odene Crawford
  • Josephine Bell
  • William “Bill” Erwin Drama
  • Martha’s of First United Methodist Church
  • Karl and Mona Malden
  • Juanita Norris
  • Minnie H. Mayer, Alpha Psi Omega
  • Tracy Womack Memorial Scholarship

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