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2019-20 University Theatre Season

The Arts at ASU 2019-20 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.


 ON MAINSTAGE NEXT:

SUMMER I DINNER THEATRE

The Muckle Man

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
June 20-22 and June 27-30
ASU Modular Theatre
Drama/Thriller

Box Office opens to the general public on June 12

Off the icy shores of Newfoundland, on a remote island, the Clarke family threatens to break apart. The father, Addison, a marine biologist, desperately pursues the ocean’s most elusive creature—Architeuthis, the giant squid—while his estranged wife Marina freezes by degrees. Their son Harvey, after a near-drowning, is unable to speak. The family’s grief and isolation are bottomless. Then, inexplicably, from out of the ocean, a man named Arthur walks into their lives…and the order of the natural world starts to collapse around them. Part horror story, part myth, THE MUCKLE MAN mixes science with folklore and domestic drama with high tragedy, to chilling effect.

 


SUMMER Il DINNER THEATRE

The Last Five Years

By Jason Robert Brown
July 25-27 and August 1-4
ASU Modular Theatre
Dramatic Musical

Box Office opens to the general public on July 17

This modern musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

 


Fall 2019

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

By Bertolt Brecht
October 10-13 (one weekend only)
University Auditorium
Drama

Box Office opens to general public on September 30 

Brecht’s shudderingly accurate parallel between Hitler and his henchmen on the one hand and the old crime lords of Chicago on the other is a vigorous eye opener that was produced on Broadway with Christopher Plummer. The Cauliflower Trust in Chicago is in need of help and turns to a racketeer by the name of Arturo Ui to begin a “protection” campaign. His henchmen look astonishingly like Goebbels and Goring. Their activities include “accidental” fires and a St. Valentine’s Day massacre.


Fall Dinner Theatre

 Fun Home

By Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori and Alison Bechdel
November 14-16 and November 21-24
ASU Modular Theatre
Musical

Box Office opens to general public on October 30

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.


Spring 2020

An Evening of Original One Acts

Written and Directed by ASU Students
February 12-16 (one weekend only)
ASU Modular Theatre
Drama

Box Office opens to general public on January 29

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


Blood Wedding

By Federico Garcia Lorca
April 16-18 and April 23-26
ASU Modular Theatre
Comedy-Drama

Box Office opens to general public on April 1

Two families in a semi-mythical rural Spain are intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge. The death-bound love triangle at the center of the play fuels these passions to a fever pitch and propels the story to its unstoppable tragic conclusion. An arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners is about to take place. A past lover, himself in a loveless marriage, cannot allow the wedding to take place and spirits the Bride away, who goes with him willingly on her wedding night. An entire town goes after the lovers in the middle of the night where pursuers and pursued plunge into a realm of deep darkness where the moonlight is not friendly and the forest not shelter enough. Lorca’s image-laden poetry unfolds the story with the fire and power characteristic of his work and the fateful resonance that marked his own tragically short life.


Summer I - 2020

Lips Together, Teeth Apart

By Terrence McNally
June 18-20 and June 25-28, 2020
ASU Modular Theatre
Comedy

A gay community in Fire Island provides an unlikely setting for two straight couples who are discovered lounging poolside, staring out to sea. Sally, married to Sam, a New Jersey contractor, has inherited the house from her brother who died of AIDS. Sam’s hyperkinetic sister, Chloe, and her smug, aristocratic husband, John, have come out for the Fourth of July weekend. Amidst the seemingly mundane activities, it becomes apparent that the two men despise each other because John has had an affair with Sally; Sally is panicked and melancholy because she is pregnant and fears miscarriage; and Chloe seems determined to drive them all mad with her incessant babble and enthusiasm for musical comedies. Through monologues unheard by the others, the characters reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. The only people these four characters find more alien are the gay men partying in the houses on either side of them. As they divert themselves from their own mortality with food, cocktails, The New York Times crossword puzzle, fireworks, charades, and biting jabs at each other and the boys next door, Sally and Sam and John and Chloe find little to celebrate about themselves or their country on its birthday.


Black Comedy

By Peter Sharfer
July 23-25 and July 30-August 1, 2020
ASU Modular Theatre

Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next-door, hoping to impress his fiancĂ©e’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer.

The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe, returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.


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
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