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June 2007

Release Date: June 14, 2007

ASU Summer Dinner Theatre Features One-Act Plays

Angelo State University’s 2007-08 Arts at ASU season kicks off with its first summer Dinner Theatre, a compilation of three works titled “Original One-Act Plays,” June 21-24 and 28-30 in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Show times will be at 8 p.m. June 21-23 and 28-30, with dinner served each night at 7 p.m. A matinee performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, with dinner served at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Arts at ASU subscribers and non-ASU students, and $12.50 for ASU students and ASU activity card holders.

“Destiny Leaves a Lot to the Human Genome Project” is a comedy written by Dr. Trey Smith, ASU assistant professor of mathematics. It is a quick, witty and humorous glimpse at the genetic options available during our formation. Given a particular human egg, who might be the resultant person when different spermatozoa are successful? Various versions of the main character, Terri, move into her college dorm room in this personal examination of gene selection.

“One Last Chance,” by ASU alumnus Jackie Rosenfeld, explores human behavior and relationships. After five years of marriage, high school sweethearts Ray and Shannon discover the difficulties of creating a life together in the real world of rent, work and adult responsibilities. When Ray’s stress reliever becomes alcohol, Shannon is faced with a very difficult decision.

Smith’s “Mrs. The Elephant Man” is a more dramatic comedy. The story revolves around Cartwright Peterson and whether he is the unlucky object of his in-laws’ negative attitude or if his new wife’s image of him is completely distorted by her love. The play allows the audience to explore these two possibilities or, perhaps, create an altogether new reality by way of their imaginations.

These three works are the fruition of Doll’s notion to have two playwrights start with the same idea and write separate plays based on that idea. Each play also has its own cast and stage manager. The germinal idea for the plays is John Lennon’s quote, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

Tickets for “Original One-Act Plays” 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. Arts at ASU season subscriptions are also still available at the box office.

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

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