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"The Twilight Zone: Live on Stage" to play June 6-21 at New Mexico State

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and Seattle's Theater Schmeater will present "The Twilight Zone: Live on Stage" Friday and Saturday evenings June 6-21 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

ilight Zone: Live on Stage" features three episodes from the famed television series presented as stage plays and is suitable for all audiences.

In "Eye of the Beholder," Janet Tyler sits in her hospital room with her face bandaged, having undergone 11 surgeries to correct a gross birth defect that has made her hideous. She is told if the operation is not a success she will be forced by the government to live in a colony of others who suffer from the same affliction. Her doctor begins to unveil her face, but all is not as it seems in "The Twilight Zone."

The Loren family and their robot servants are the subject of "The Lateness of the Hour." Jana Loren despises the robot servants her father created and begins to fear them as they take on human qualities. Her ability to convince her father to destroy the robots may stop something tragic from happening.

"Time Enough at Last" follows the life of bank teller Henry Bemis who wants nothing more than to read his books in peace and quiet. His boss, his customers and his wife refuse to let him do so, but when an atomic bomb explodes and kills everyone on Earth but him, he finds himself with "time enough at last" to read. In true "Twilight Zone fashion," events conspire against him.

"The Twilight Zone: Live on Stage" is a co-production of Theater Schmeater and the New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts. Since its inception in 1992, Theater Schmeater's mission has been to produce great plays simply and foster a love of theater as an art form in audiences. Located in Seattle, it is in production year-round, annually presenting five to six mainstage shows and late night productions and a "Free Classic in the Park." This is the first co-production with New Mexico State.

"The Twilight Zone: Live on Stage" is directed by Tom Smith, assistant professor of theater. Plays Smith has recently directed include "She Loves Me," "Pterodactyls" and "A Christmas Carol."

Scenic and lighting design is by Jim Billings and costume design is by Deb Brunson. Both are resident designers for the theater department and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC).

Tickets for "The Twilight Zone: Live on Stage" will be sold only at the door. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

For more information call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515.