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May 2007

Release Date: May 10, 2007

Arts at ASU Announces 2007-08 Theater Season

Angelo State University’s Arts at ASU program has released its 2007-08 schedule, which includes six theater and 10 musical performances, and is now accepting subscriptions for the 12-month season.

The theater slate will begin June 21 with the dinner theater performance of “Original One-Act Plays,” a compilation of three works written by Dr. Trey Smith, ASU assistant professor of mathematics, and former ASU drama student Jackie Rosenfeld. “Destiny Leaves a Lot to the Human Genome Project” and “Mrs. The Elephant Man” by Smith will bookend “One Last Chance” by Rosenfeld. Each work was written to illustrate the John Lennon quote, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

The second dinner theater of the summer will be a performance of the comedy “Absent Friends,” about a group of friends who throw a tea party for Colin, who has just lost his fiancée. Hilarity ensues as Colin’s relaxed manner and insensitive analyses of his friends’ own troubles causes each of them to become slightly unhinged.

The theater season will continue in October with a performance of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama “Proof,” which tells the story of Catherine following the death of her brilliant, but unstable father, a famous mathematician. After caring for her father for years, Catherine must face her most difficult problem: How much of his madness, or genius, has she inherited?

Murder, mystery and comedy will highlight the holiday dinner theater production “Cross Stage Right: Die!.” Presented in “living black and white,” the play chronicles the adventures of Harry Hunsacker, a 1940’s would-be actor turned would-be detective, as he tries to solve a murder at the Republic Theatre.

The musical “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off,” about a man who climbs the business and political ladder by marrying the boss’s daughter, will ring in the spring. The final play of the season will be Shakespeare’s classic “The Taming of the Shrew.”

“Absent Friends” will open July 26, “Proof” on October 12, “Cross Stage Right: Die!” on November 29, “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off” on March 7, and “The Taming of the Shrew” on April 24.

Each theater performance will run for two weekends with a Sunday matinee the first weekend. Sunday shows will begin at 2 p.m. with all others to begin at 8 p.m. For dinner theater productions, meals will be served one hour before curtain time.

Individual subscriptions for the 2007-08 Arts at ASU season are available for $30. The subscriptions provide six total admissions to theater productions that can be used in any combination the subscriber chooses. Subscribers will also have the choice this year of paying an additional $15 for dinner theaters to cover the cost of food, or attending the show without dinner service at no added cost.

Subscribers will also receive advance notice of the season’s 10 free musical performances.

For more information on the theater season or subscribing to Arts at ASU, call the ASU drama program at 942-2146.

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