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2013-14 University Theatre Season

The Arts at ASU 2013-14 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 2013

Dinner Theatre 1
“What I Did Last Summer”
by A.R. Gurney

Drama
June 27-30 and July 4-6, 2013
ASU Modular Theatre

A warm-hearted, gently humorous memory play which, in delineating the coming of age of a teenage boy, pinpoints the foibles of the upper-middle-class society of which he is a product. Successfully produced by Off-Broadway’s prestigious Circle Repertory Company. “A.R. Gurney’s latest and most compelling sojourn into the discreet heart of America’s leisure class—the world which he has continued to expose with fondness, wit and biting accuracy.” —Other Stages. “The play is warm, touching and humorous, with something to say about the conflict between materialism and idealism which is so basic to the American dream.” —The Stage (London). “Bravo to all and particularly a bravo to that new sage and chronicler of the American white middle class, Gurney.” —NY Post.

Dinner Theatre 2
“The Fox on the Fairway”
by Ken Ludwig

Comedy
August 1–4 and 8–10, 2013
ASU Modular Theatre

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf.  “It’s a grand slam! A slam dunk! A Dunkin’ Donut hole! A hole in one! [A Fox on the Fairway] hums like a well-oiled machine but retains its human soul.” - The Washington City Paper


Fall 2013

“The Lion in Winter”
by James Goldman

Drama
October 11–13 and 18-19, 2013
ASU Auditorium

King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Geoffrey, and John. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Henry would like to have another heir by his mistress Alais, but that would only add to the confusion. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen. Often revived, this play was the basis of the Oscar-winning film which starred Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn.  “A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill.” - The New York Times


Holiday Dinner Theatre

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
adapted by Joe Landry, from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Jo Swerling

Drama
November 21-24, December 5-7, 2013
ASU Modular Theatre

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.  “One of the best holiday shows around. This is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption.”  —Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times


Spring 2014

“The Musical of Musicals, the musical”  
music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart 

Musical Comedy
February 13–16, 2014
ASU Auditorium

A musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingenue who can’t pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago. “Witty! Refreshing! Juicily! Merciless!” - Michael Feingold, Village Voice


“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
adapted by Joe Landry, from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Jo Swerling

Drama
Feb. 22-23
ASU Auditorium

The theatre program remounts this beloved American holiday classic as they prepare for its performance at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Irene Ryan Acting Competition, festival design competitions and musical theatre initiative. The festival is Feb. 24 through March 2.

For this encore performance, the cast and production team adapt the production from its original setting in the university’s modular theatre to the university auditorium which is more consistent which the production standards at the theatre festival.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.  “One of the best holiday shows around. This is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption.”  —Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times


“The House of Bernarda Alba”
by Federico Garcia Lorca

Tragedy
April 24-27 and May 1-3, 2014
ASU Modular Theatre

The greatest of modern Spanish tragedies is realistic and lyrical. Bernarda is a stern matriarch obsessed with family honor. Just widowed, she announces to her five daughters that they will enter a traditional 8 year period of cloistered mourning. Each daughter desires love but with the doors clamped shut, they silently turn to other pursuits. All except one, who manages to have a secret tryst with a scurrilous suitor who is betrothed to the eldest daughter. Discovery results in a tragic climax that is unrelenting in its severity and terror. “Extremely absorbing…. Exciting, vigorous, and memorable.” —Variety


Studio Theatre Season

Intimate theatre produced by our students

7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Carr Education Fine Arts Building, Room 241A, 2602 Dena Drive

Irene Acting and Designer competition entry presentations for Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival


8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, April 11-12
Carr Education Fine Arts Building, Room 241A, 2602 Dena Drive

“The Speed of Darkness,” Alpha Psi Omega student-directed and produced work.


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.

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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:

Music Schedule

Check out the music program’s schedule of performances.