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April 2007

Release Date: April 23, 2007

ASU Theatre Presents ‘To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday’

Romance and family drama are coming to the Angelo State University stage as the 2006-07 Arts at ASU season wraps up with the play “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday” April 26-29 and May 3-5 in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. April 26-28 and May 3-5, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Ticket prices are $8 general admission, $4 for non-ASU students and $3 for ASU students. Arts at ASU subscribers and ASU activity card holders will be admitted free.

“To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday” is a beautifully romantic play about the mourning and subsequent emotional rebirth of young widower David following the death of his wife, Gillian. Gillian’s “spirit” is an important character as she often appears to her husband to urge him to leave his sorrow behind. The play delivers affection from each direction as characters move the audience along an emotional path of love and devotion with refreshingly edgy issues.

“The nature of the play is the evolution of the various family relationships,” said Dr. Bill Doll, drama professor and the play’s director. “In spite of the negatives, it’s a very positive story and has a very uplifting ending.”

“To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday” is a new work that has already received rave reviews. Richard Hummler of “Variety” magazine wrote, “This first major work by Michael Brady has well-dimensioned characters, solid conflict, piquant writing and gives off a warm affirmative glow. When it has become not uncommon to encounter plays with no sympathetic characters, audiences will respond affectionately to everyone in ‘Gillian.’”

Tickets are on sale now in the ASU box office. The box office is open from 2-6 p.m. weekdays 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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