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Release Date: Sept. 25, 2008ASU Logo

Arts at ASU to Present 'A Lie of the Mind'

Angelo State University’s Arts at ASU program will present the award-winning play, “A Lie of the Mind,” Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-11 in the ASU Auditorium.

Show times are at 8 p.m. Oct 3-4 and Oct. 10-11, with a matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $4 for non-ASU students and $3 for ASU students. Arts at ASU subscribers and activity card holders will be admitted free.

Written by Sam Shepard, the play explores the destinies of two families who are related by marriage but are jealous and distrustful of 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.

“A Lie of the Mind” will also be ASU’s entry in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

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

“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,” he said.

“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. “Lie” is recommended for mature audiences.

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