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Theater and English departments present new student plays

Two new student plays, "Heads or Tails" and "This Is Stephen Bisten," will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 in the Attic Theatre of Hershel Zohn Theatre at New Mexico State University.

plays are part of a "Page to Stage" series that began with a play writing course taught by Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff during the spring 2001 semester. The plays were critiqued in the fall 2001 semester and "Heads or Tails" and "This Is Stephen Bisten" were chosen for production.

"Heads or Tails" was written by New Mexico State student Mark Cubillos, a criminal justice major. Cubillos said his play is about two professional criminals who are stranded in a warehouse.

"They're waiting for their boss to come bail them out because they've really screwed up," Cubillos said. "Heads or Tails" is directed by theater faculty member, Glenn Breed.

"This Is Stephen Bisten" was written by New Mexico State graduate student Nathan Self. The play has seven student actors and is about a writer and characters he creates.

"It sort of has a plot line that shifts," Self said.

Self received his bachelor's degree in English at the University of Memphis and is working on his Master of Fine Arts in poetry.

"Bisten" is directed by Rod Mechem, a visiting professor and New Mexico State alumnus, who said that the "Page to Stage" series is a great opportunity for students at the university and for collaboration between the English and theater departments.

"One of my purposes has been to help develop the skills of students and actors specifically to the demands of workshopping a new text," Mechem said.

"Heads or Tails" and "This Is Stephen Bisten" will be presented together for two performances only. Admission is free. For more information call (505) 646-4517.

Sarah Wheeler
Feb. 11, 2002