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November 2006

Release Date: November 2, 2006

ASU Holiday Dinner Theatre to Present ‘Greetings!’

Angelo State University will present the touching Christmas comedy “Greetings!” for the Arts at ASU Holiday Dinner Theatre, beginning Thursday, Nov. 30, in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Show times will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 7-9, with dinner served each night at 7 p.m. A matinee performance is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, with dinner served at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for Arts at ASU subscribers and non-ASU students, and $12.50 for ASU students and ASU activity card holders. The holiday dinner menu will consist of turkey, ham, dressing and all the traditional trimmings.

The play centers around Andy Gorski, who has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and a severely mentally challenged younger brother named Mickey. When Andy brings his Jewish atheist fiancée home to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about his family are realized. But, Mickey, whose entire vocabulary is “oh boy” and “wow” suddenly says, “Greetings!” An ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family has borrowed Mickey’s body and ends up proving his healing powers. The play’s author, Tom Dudzick, has often been referred to as the “Catholic Neil Simon” for his writing style that is similar to the Jewish Simon’s.

“It’s clearly a comedy, but mixes in the importance of religion in the different aspects of everyday life,” said Dr. Bill Doll, drama professor and the play’s director. “It’s a fun show that carries a message and there are a lot of interesting twists and turns along the way.”

Drama major Travis Morganstean takes on his first ASU main stage performance as Andy Gorski. His resume includes roles in “Into the Woods” and “West Side Story” and he earned several all-star cast and best actor titles while at De Leon High School.

Andy’s mother, Emily Gorski, will be portrayed by junior drama major Mica McCook of Austin, seen most recently in the ASU production “Necessary Targets.” She has eight years of theatre acting experience and has also served in many crew positions at ASU.

Another actor making his ASU debut is South Plains College graduate Josh Samsel, who will portray Andy’s father, Phil Gorski. His extensive acting repertoire includes roles in “The Music Man,” “The King and I,” “The Elephant Man” and “A Christmas Carol.”

The challenging role of Mickey Gorski will be taken on by junior drama major Arturo Garcia of El Paso. He is no stranger to the ASU stage, having previously appeared in “West Side Story,” “Terra Nova” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

Drama major Kelsey Davis will portray Andy’s fiancée, Randi Stein. The sophomore from Pflugerville recently played the main role of Melissa in the ASU production “Necessary Targets.”

“It’s an interesting mix of Catholicism, Judaism and modern religion that drives the action in the play,” said Doll. “We’ve got a great cast working and it’s going to be a fun time at Christmas for everyone.”

Doll is the director of the University Theatre and has directed more than 70 plays at the collegiate level. Before coming to ASU in 1999, he was a tenured professor at Rose State College and served as the chair of fine arts at Howard College. He has a Ph.D. in Fine Arts/Theatre from Texas Tech University and has served on several Texas Educational Theatre Association committees. Doll’s favorite acting role was as the Lion in “The Wiz,” for which the review said he portrayed “the most lovable and hilarious pussycat to ever tiptoe across a stage.”

Tickets for “Greetings!” go on sale Nov. 13 for Arts at ASU subscribers and Nov. 15 for the general public. The ASU box office is open from 2-6 p.m. weekdays and is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. For reservations, call 942-2000.

For more information on the production and cast, contact Doll with the ASU drama program at 942-2146, Ext. 246.

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