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2017-18 University Theatre Season

The Arts at ASU 2017-18 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 2017

BOEING, BOEING

by Marc Camoletti

Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans 
June 29-July 2 and July 6-8, 2017
ASU Modular Theatre - Dinner Theatre

Winner! 2008 Tony Award®, Best Revival of a Play

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.

“This is, by many an airmile, the funniest show on the London stage.” - Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

“Fasten your seatbelts for the most deliriously funny flight of your life.” - Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

 

THE CHANNELER 2:                                         THE UPSIDE DOWN MOON

A new play by Trey Smith
July 27-30 and August 3-5, 2017                                      Modular Theatre – Dinner Theatre

ASU Modular Theatre – Dinner Theatre

This sequel to Smith’s THE CHANNELER makes a joyful noise in this stressful world. Landon comes from a family of channelers – people who speak for the deceased. This ability, however, gets in the way of every relationship he has ever attempted. Sky is a quirky, friend of the family who takes an interest in Landon, but has no idea of the family’s strange talent. Along the way Sky is introduced to Immanuel Kant, John Wayne, and Tupac Shakur. She is also plunged into a crisis involving a missing sock, an argument about why chess is not the ultimate test of human intelligence, and the challenge of being attracted to someone who is convinced that being in love is equivalent to the moon turning upside down.

If you didn’t see THE CHANNELER, don’t worry THE CHANNELER 2 will stand on it’s own.

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Fall 2017

NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES

Drama
by Tennessee Williams
October 13-15 and 20-21, 2017
ASU Auditorium

NOMINEE! 1999 Tony Award for Best Play

The play itself focuses on a group of inmates who go on a hunger strike in attempt to better their situation. There is also a soft love story, with the characters Eva, the new secretary at the prison, and Jim, a handsome inmate who works for the warden and is trying to get out on parole. Williams gained inspiration for the play after reading newspaper accounts of inmates who suffocated in a steam room in a Pennsylvania prison.

This is a raw, sprawling dramatization of real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937. Convicts who led a hunger strike to protest conditions were locked in a scalding cell where four of them died.

An early work by the revered playwright that caused a sensation in Houston, New York, and London. Although the play was originally written in the 1930s, it wasn’t discovered until the late 1990s when Vanessa Redgrave made it her personal mission to track it down. The Play had its world premier at The Alley Theatre in Houston in 1998.

 “Enthralling…A feverish, full strength compassion for people in cages makes Nightingales fly toward a realm of pain and beauty that is the province of greatness…The emotions, both savage and painfully delicate, that saturate this work are arguably more rich and varied in tone than those of any American dramatist…The voices of Williams’s entrapped nightingales…refuse to fade when the play is plunged into its concluding darkness.” - The New York Times

“The best American play so far this season…It adds to the reputation of one of America’s greatest playwrights.” - The New York Daily News


 2017 Holiday Dinner Theatre Musical

MY FAIR LADY

Musical Comedy                                                                    Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
November 29 - December 3 and December 6-9, 2017     ASU Modular Theatre                               

The standard by which all other musicals are measured. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, MY FAIR LADY is gloriously triumphant. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores. Songs include “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

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Spring 2018

EVENING OF NEW STUDENT PLAYS

Titles TBA

Directed by ASU students
February 15-18 and 22-24, 2018
ASU Modular Theatre

Plays will be selected from those developed in our Fall playwriting course and other student play submissions. The plays will be directed by selected students.

WIT

Drama
by Margaret Edson
April 26-29 and May 3-4, 2018
ASU Modular Theatre

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play. “A dazzling and humane new play that you will remember till your dying day.” —NY Magazine.

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Other season dates
Studio Theatre and 2nd Stages

Fresh Faces
New works by students
September 16, 2017
ASU Studio Theatre
Carr Education Fine Arts Building.
Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society, presents this annual evening of scenes and songs showcasing the newest class of talent.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Texas State Festival
October 25-28, 2017, Angelo State University, Host

Studio Theatre: Student-directed play I, October 6-7, 2017, ASU Studio Theatre 241A, 8:00 pm
Carr Education Fine Arts Building.

Texas Educational Theatre Association
TheatreFest
January 24-27, 2018
Galveston

KCACTF, Irene Ryans Evening of Scenes and MainStage Student Designs: A collaboration of scenes, monologues and design/technology/stage management presentations that will be showcased at the Regional KCACTF is presented for our patrons’ delight.

Feb. 21, 2018, ASU Studio Theatre, Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VI
February 28 - March 3, 2018
Angelo State University, Host

Alpha Psi Omega Studio Theatre, TBA
Student-directed, April 13-14, 2018
ASU Studio Theatre, 241A, 8:00 pm
Carr Education Fine Arts Building.

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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 notifications of art and music events. Download our Season Subscription Brochure here.

Use this Subscription Form to get your season tickets.

Ticket Prices

General Admission: $10 for plays and musicals, $20 for dinner theatres

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

Non-ASU Students: $5 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