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Release Date: Sept. 9, 2008

Arts at ASU to Present ‘A Lie of the Mind’

Angelo State University’s Arts at ASU will present “A Lie of the Mind,” a full-length play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-11 in the ASU Auditorium.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Oct 3-4 and Oct. 10-11 and at 2 p.m. for a matinee Sunday, Oct. 5. Ticket prices are $8 for the general public, $4 for non-ASU students and $3 for ASU students. Arts at ASU subscribers and activity card holders will be admitted free.

“A Lie of the Mind,” which will be ASU’s entry in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, is a drama that delves into the lives of two families who are related by marriage but harbor jealousy and distrust for each other. Beth, who is brain-damaged from a savage beating Jake gave her, is being tended by her parents, Baylor and Meg.

Jake sends his brother, Frankie, from California to Montana to see if she is still alive. Baylor shoots Frankie in the leg and takes him prisoner after mistaking him for a poacher. The tensions and enmities between the families then escalate to disturbing and dangerous levels.

Dorian Serna, who plays Jake, has been seen at ASU as Tranio in “The Taming of the Shrew,” and has performed in “Proposals” and “Los Vendidos.” Arturo Garcia, as Frankie, last played Lucien P. Smith in “The Boys Next Door.” Meghan Blake, a freshman drama major, is Beth. Scott Meyer, a sophomore from New Braunfels, portrays Mike and previously appeared as Mr. Klemper in “The Boys Next Door.”

Kenedi Doerfer, as Lorraine, is a freshman drama major from Midland Lee, while Alexis Joliff, who plays Sally, was last seen onstage as the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods.” David Pedersen is Baylor, his first role since appearing as Dr. Bradman in “Blithe Spirit.” Molly Schwenke, a San Antonio freshman is seen as Meg in this production and was Cinderella’s mother in “Into the Woods.”

James Worley, associate professor of drama, is director of “A Lie of the Mind.”

“I chose this play for our Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival entry because of the acting challenges it presents for our students. The characters are incredibly rich, emotionally,” Worley said. “While some of the cast have performed admirably in difficult roles before, Sam Shepard’s characters are not always so easily accessed – their motivations are protected under the surface – and much of the play’s humor comes out of some extreme, tense situations.”

The Kennedy festival is a program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide to help improve the quality of college theatre in the United States. More than 600 academic institutions’ theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by festival respondents.

“Shepard, while a well-known actor, has long been regarded by many critics as the freshest playwriting voice in American drama,” Worley said. “Throughout all of his plays, he shows his characters’ belief in the Old West philosophies of honor and justice, and their intense yearning for ‘The American Dream,’ – which often proves difficult to achieve in their personal lives.”

“A Lie of the Mind” won the New York Drama Critics Award for best play of the year in the 1985-86 season. Shepard won his Pulitzer for 1979’s “Buried Child.” He also has been nominated for Oscars as an actor, director and screenwriter.

The production contains some adult language and subject matter.

For more information and to make reservations, call 942-2000.