Arts at ASU
2016-17 University Theatre Season
The Arts at ASU 2016-17 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.
by Arthur Miller
April 28-May 1 and May 5-7
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 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.
BABY WITH THE BATHWATER
by Christopher Durang
June 30-July 3 and July 7-9, 2016
ASU Modular Theatre - Dinner Theatre
As the play begins Helen and John gaze proudly at their new offspring, a bit disappointed that it doesn’t speak English and too polite to check its sex. So they decide that the child is a girl and name it Daisy—which leads to all manner of future emotional and personality problems when it turns out that Daisy is actually a boy. Thereafter, in a series of brilliantly theatrical and wildly hilarious scenes, the saga of Daisy’s struggle to establish his identity continues, despite his parents’ growing obliviousness. At the outset there is a zany nanny who gives him a lethal toy to play with; then the small problem of Daisy’s penchant, as a toddler, for throwing himself in front of buses; then his bizarre problems in school; and, finally, the sessions with his analyst which enable him, at last, to accept his maleness and stop wearing dresses. In the end the play comes full circles as the former Daisy and his young bride fondly regard their own baby—forgiving of the past but determined not to repeat its calamitous mistakes.
“A satiric dark-comedy by one of our theatre’s most provocative and inventive writers, which enjoyed widespread critical and popular acceptance in its long run at Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. This time the author’s target is parenthood, which he skewers with savagely gleeful wit and characteristically outrageous humor.” —NY Post. “
…one of the funniest dramatists alive, and one of the most sharply satiric.” —The New Yorker.
THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME
by Katherine DeSavino
July 21-24 and July 28-30
ASU Modular Theatre – Dinner Theatre
Brand new romantic comedy by Katherine DiSavino, author of the smash comedy Nanaʼs Naughty Knickers. Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents, so imagine their surprise when everyone shows up to help them. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.
Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn’t go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that’s about to happen? This brand new comedy from the author of Nana’s Naughty Knickers takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.
“Things My Mother Taught Me is superbly written…[it’s] a wonderful, sentimental, true-to-life comedy about love and family, guaranteed to leave young and old with knowing smiles, because we’ve all had mothers of our own.” - Intelligencer Journal
“Expect to fall head over heels for Things, a show with heart and humor…It is, quite simply, loveable.”
-Lancaster Sunday News
by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Erin Ashworth-King
October 14-16 and 21-22, 2016
This drama is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare. Julius Caesar is a highly ambitious political leader in Rome and his aim is to become dictator. Caesar is warned that he must “beware the Ides of March.” The prophecy comes true and Caesar is assassinated due to the plotting of Marcus Brutus and Cassius. The friend of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, provides the famous funeral oration (“Friends, Romans, and countrymen…”) Brutus and Cassius meet their inevitable defeat which plunges the country into civil war.
by Peter Clapham, based on the novel by Lousia May Alcott
Full Length Play, Comedy
December1-4 and 8-10, 2016
ASU Modular Theatre – Dinner Theatre
The play presents the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, Amy and Marmee. It includes all the great scenes from the book, including the Christmas scene, when the girls spend their Christmas money for presents for their Marmee. Little Women is a very popular, charming, theatrical dramatization. The story of Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott’s famous novel, is well known and well loved. The structure of the play faithfully covers that of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together - yet the action is contained neatly in one set. All the overtones of gaiety and the undertones of sadness are here, bringing the story completely to life in a way that is both accurate and dramatically satisfying.
Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
February 16-19 and 23-25, 2017
ASU MODULAR THEATRE
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.
“Soaring melodies!…Well before the show reaches its conclusion, many…city slickers in the audience may be ready to enter Percy’s raffle.” - The Wall Street Journal
“An abundance of warmth, spirit and goodwill!…Some of the most engaging and instantly infectious melodies I’ve heard in an original musical in some time.” - USA Today
DOUBT, A PARABLE
by John Patrick Shanley
April 27-30 and May 4-6, 2017
ASU Modular Theatre
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. All the elements come invigoratingly together like clockwork in John Patrick Shanley’s provocative new play, DOUBT, a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty.
“Something rare for this season: a laudable new American play.” —Variety.
“An eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences. A gripping mystery, tightly written.” —Time Out NY
Other season dates Studio Theatre and 2nd Stages:
Fresh Faces, new student works, September 17, 201, 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 19-22, 2016 TBA
Studio Theatre, TBA student directed play 1, September 30 and October 1, 2016, ASU Studio Theatre, Carr Education Fine Arts Building.
Studio Theatre, TBA student directed play 2, November 18-19, 2016, ASU Studio Theatre, Carr Education Fine Arts Building.
Texas Educational Theatre Association, TheatreFest, February 1-5, 2017, Galveston, TX
Studio Theatre, TBA student directed play 3 and KCACTF, Irene Ryan 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 Festival is presented for our patrons’ delight. February 10-11, 2017, ASU Studio Theatre, Carr Education Fine Arts Building.
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VI, March 1-4, 2017, Angelo State University, Host
Alpha Psi Omega Studio Theatre, TBA student directed, April 7-8, 2017, ASU Studio Theatre, Carr Education Fine Arts Building.
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