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New Mexico State University presents two rotating plays

Finding courage to travel to distant lands and distant time periods and learning that changing for love can sometimes have chilling effects are themes featured in the New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company's (ASTC) productions of "On the Verge" and "The Shape of Things."

Gabe Morrison, from left, Felisa Smithson, Kyle Melton and Shay Lydick rehearse for the performance of "The Shape of Things." The play will run in rotating repertory with "On the Verge" through March 19 at the Hershel Zohn Theater on the NMSU campus.

The plays will alternate performances through March 19 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.

Eric Overmyers' eclectic comedy, "On the Verge," follows three Victorian women as they travel through time and space, from the depths of Africa to the New World and beyond. It is a wild and witty tale of yearning, courage and imagination.

The cast includes NMSU theater students Jenna Guitar, Emily Farrell, Rachel Thomas-Chappell and Frankie Rentas. NMSU theater senior Seth Barker is the stage manager.

In Neil Labute's "The Shape of Things," Adam, a rebellious art student who wants to better himself, begins to date Evelyn. Adam's transformation is not appreciated by his longtime friends, Jenny and Phillip. Soon the two couples find themselves swept up in Adam's new self-confidence with chilling results.

"This is a very contemporary play," said Tom Smith, director and NMSU theater assistant professor. "It moves fast and it deals with very contemporary issues about how much people are willing to change for someone they love."

The cast includes NMSU theater students Felisa Smithson, Gabe Morrison, Shay Lydick and Kyle Melton. NMSU theater senior Mike Sepulveda is the stage manager.

For both productions, scenic and lighting design is by resident designer Jim Billings and costume design is by Jiji Hise and Deborah Brunson. The sound is by guest designer Sam Greene and props are by technical director Dave Hereford.

Tickets for "On the Verge" and "The Shape of Things" are $8-$13, depending on performance time and date. For times and reservations call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515 or 1-800-525-ASTC.