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May 2005

Release Date: May 16, 2005

Arts at ASU Unveils Performances for 2005-06 Season

With plays covering topics from physics to comic strips to arctic exploration, Angelo State University has announced an unusual blend of theatrical performances for the 2005-2006 Arts at ASU season.

Season ticket sales begin Tuesday, May 17, for performances that will include three dinner theater productions, a farcical operetta and three other stage productions. Season subscriptions cost $35 and offer admission to all seven productions as well as other benefits.

The season will feature performances of "Uncommon Threads," June 23-26 and June 30-July 2; "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," July 28-31 and Aug. 4-6; "The Guys," Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-22; "My Three Angels," Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 8-10; "Die Fledermaus," Feb. 10-12 and Feb. 17-18; "Proposals," March 23-26 and March 30-April 1; and "Terra Nova," April 27-30 and May 4-6.

For more information, call the ASU box office at 942-2000 between 2 and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

"Uncommon Threads," three plays written by Dr. Trey Smith, an ASU assistant professor of mathematics, will be the season's first dinner theater performance. Among the three plays is "Antimatter," a comedy where characters seek to explain complex relationships through physics.

Performers will return to comedy with "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." The plot for the second dinner theater will include Charlie Brown's usual mix of optimism and despair.

The first of the season's more serious and dramatic performances will follow with "The Guys." The play tells the story of a bereaved New York City fire captain who lost most of his men in the 9/11 attacks and solicits the help of an editor to eulogize them.

"You really get to know personally some of the fireman lost in the 9/11 attacks," said Dr. Bill Doll, director of University Theatre.

Doll said "The Guys" and "Terra Nova," the season's other serious and emotional performance, are both touching stories.

"They both really are so much about the people left behind," he said.

"Terra Nova," is a true story drawn from letters written by Captain Robert Scott, an explorer who led a failed expedition to become the first man to the South Pole.

"It's the terrible struggle that these explorers experience in their journey; their hardships, their fears and their loss," Doll said.

This year's holiday dinner theater will be "My Three Angels," the story of three convicts who work as roofers for a family in French Guiana on Christmas day. The convicts help defend the family and redeem themselves.

"Die Fledermaus," a comic operetta, will begin 2006 for the Arts at ASU. "Die Fledermaus" means the bat, and is a farcical musical comedy about one man's plot to get even with another after being wronged at a costume party.

"Proposals," a play written by Neil Simon after his retirement, will offer audiences quirky characters and romantic entanglements that are both funny and touching.

Doll said, while the plays have little tying them together, he hopes they are both entertaining for audiences and educational for the students involved in the performances.

"The subject matter is uncommon, but hopefully they are tied together by that idea of the sublime," he said. "Only the audience can know for sure."