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NMSU to seat patrons onstage for theatre season opener

The American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts will open the 2015-2016 season with a production of ?The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds,? by Paul Zindel, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.

Portrait of four female castmembers
From left: NMSU student actresses Tiffany Tyson, Miranda Kay Elizabeth, Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca and Parigrynne Cox will star in the NMSU production of ?The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds,? by Paul Zindel. (Submitted photo)

This play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Critics Circle Award in 1971. For the NMSU production, an all-student cast will follow the story of two teenagers struggling to bloom under the thumb of a single mother who is bitter at the betrayal of her husband.

This presentation will be part of the innovative onstage series.

?This will be an intimate presentation with the audience seated onstage, up-close and personal, with the actors depicting this moving and sometimes humorous tale,? said Wil Kilroy, theatre arts department head.

When ticket holders arrive, they will be ushered onto the stage, where every seat is closer to the action than any of the traditional seats in the theatre.

The NMSU presentation of ?The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds? will run Sept. 24- Oct. 11.

The Sept. 24 preview night performance is free to high school students and will include an informal discussion with the cast and crew. Following the opening night performance on Sept. 25, the College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor a reception.

Regular ticket prices range from $10 to $17 and are available at the Center for the Arts box office, open noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by calling 575-646-4515 or 575-646-1420.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Following the Sunday, Oct. 4, performance, there will be a panel discussion of the themes in the play with production director Josh Chenard, a representative from La Casa, Inc., as well as other guests.

Seating will be general admission only. However, for season subscribers, the theater is offering early-choice seating and will open the house early.

For the fall semester, the American Southwest Theatre Company will also feature a production of ?A Wrinkle in Time,? adapted from the novel by Madeline L?Engle. This performance will run Oct. 30-31.

The theater will also present ?Frankenstein,? by R.N. Sandberg, Nov. 20- Dec. 6.

For more information on the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts and the upcoming American Southwest Theatre Company productions, visit http://www.nmsutheatre.com.