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2018-19 University Theatre Season

The Arts at ASU 2018-19 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.


 

                                          ONSTAGE NEXT:

The Flick

Dramatic Comedy by Annie Baker
October 11-14 and October 18-20, 2018
ASU Modular Theatre

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2014 - A thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage.


Brighton Beach Memoirs

(Holiday Dinner Theatre)
Dramatic Comedy by Neil Simon
November 29 - December 2 and December 6-8, 2018
ASU Modular Theatre

Here is part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”


Evening of New Student Short Plays

Titles: TBA
Written and Directed by ASU Students
February 13-17, 2019
ASU Modular Theatre

Plays will be selected from those written by our students and may be supplemented with short plays presented at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Selected works will be directed by ASU students for this main stage production.


Rent

Musical by Jonathan Larson
April 25-28 and May 2-4, 2019
ASU Modular Theatre

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1996, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous.


PAST PRODUCTIONS

David Ives Short Plays

(Dinner Theatre)
Comedy by David Ives
July 26-29 and August 2-4, 2018
ASU Modular Theatre

A collection of plays by the master of the short play form David Ives.

Sure Thing- Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

7 Menus- A round-robin of relationships at a restaurant table, as demonstrated by a group of friends that change, couple by couple and course by course, throughout several different meals.

Time Flies- Two lonely but sweet young mayflies meet at a pond and really hit it off. Unfortunately, Horace and May watch a nature program on this first night out and discover they have a lifespan of only one day—and their lives are half over.

Fore Play: Or the Art of the Fugue- Chuck, a would-be Don Juan, goes through three rounds of seduction with three different women on a miniature-golf course.

Mere Mortals- Eavesdrops on a lunch hour on a girder fifty stories over the street, as three construction workers share increasingly amazing secrets of their past.

Babel’s in Arms- Two blue-collar Mesopotamian construction workers are handed a provocative task: Build the Tower of Babel—or else. How many stones does it take to get to heaven, anyway?

DOMINO

Premiere production (Dinner Theatre)
Comedy by Timothy Haynes
June 29-July 1 and July 5-7, 2018
ASU Modular Theatre

BOX OFFICE OPENS TO SUBSCRIBERS - JUNE 14 • OPEN TO PUBLIC JUNE 18, MONDAY-FRIDAY, 2-6PM • 942-2000

Set in tiny Roscoe, TX (1979), on I-20 between Abilene and Big Spring stands the Domino Hall and local hangout. A play that has it all, intrigue, homecoming activities, childhood sweethearts (years later), jealousy, vanity, greed, power and fame right there on stage.  Clydi Mae, mother of twins, runs the Domino Hall, drives a truck and helps out at her parents’ grocery store while trying to become Alumni Homecoming Queen. She is pitted against her former friend and always rival Betty Jo for the coveted title.  Along the way things are further complicated by a vandalized water tower, trickery involving land purchases, the sheriff chasing criminals and much more.  Generally, a rollicking good old west-Texas time.

Other season dates
Studio Theatre and 2nd Stages

September 15, 2018
24-Hour Plays: New Student Works
Carr Education Fine Arts Building, Studio Theatre, 241A
Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society, will create and present new plays…all written, designed, and rehearsed in just 24 hours.

October 5-6, 2018
Student-directed play I - ASU Studio Theatre, 241A

November 9-10, 2018
Student-directed play II, produced by Alpha Psi Omega - ASU Studio Theatre, 241A

 KCACTF, Irene Ryans 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 is presented for our patrons’ delight.

Feb. 19, 2019, ASU Modular Theatre, Carr Education-Fine Arts Bldg.


For more information, call:

University Theatre Office: 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 notifications of art and music events.

Use this Subscription Form to get your season tickets.

Download season brochure below:

http://www.angelo.edu/content/files/24451-season-brochure

Ticket Prices

General Admission: $10 for plays and musicals, $20 for dinner theatres

ASU Students: FREE for plays and musicals, $12.50 for dinner theatres

Non-ASU Students: $5 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:

  • Odene Crawford
  • Josephine Bell
  • William “Bill” Erwin Drama
  • Martha’s of First United Methodist Church
  • Karl and Mona Malden
  • Juanita Norris
  • Minnie H. Mayer, Alpha Psi Omega
  • Tracy Womack Memorial Scholarship