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Season tickets for 2001-02 ASTC productions available until Oct. 7

The American Southwest Theatre Company's 2001-02 season will present a variety of productions from classics to comedy at New Mexico State University's Hershel Zohn Theatre. Season tickets are on sale until Oct. 7, and range in price from $19 to $75.

son opens Sept. 28 with Philip Barrie's comedy "The Philadelphia Story." The play centers on socialite Tracy Lord and her impending marriage to stodgy George Kittredge. A fast-talking newspaper reporter comes to cover the event, and soon the groom and reporter are fighting for Tracy's affections. The play runs Sept. 28-Oct. 7.

"The Odyssey" by theater faculty member Tom Smith runs Oct. 26 and 27. Based on Homer's epic, "The Odyssey" follows Odysseus as he fights monsters and gods on his way home from the Trojan war. This production will tour to area schools throughout the spring.

"A Christmas Carol" runs Nov. 30-Dec. 9. This adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic brings Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim to the stage as the holiday show.

"Anton in Show Business" by Jane Martin tells about a theater company attempting to mount a production in Texas. It examines their struggles with star egos, funding and an eccentric director. The play runs Feb. 5-10.

Nicky Silver's "Pterodactyls" runs March 12-17. This black comedy looks at the many levels of denial as a family comes to terms with a deaf daughter, a son who's dying, an alcoholic mother and a father who can't remember anyone's name.

Teatro Milagro, a theater company from Portland, Ore., will present "Frida, Un Retablo" April 17. The play examines the life and art of artist Frida Kahlo.

The final show of the 2001-02 season is Sophocles' "Antigone." This Greek tragedy examines personal beliefs versus laws as Antigone tries to bury her brother against the wishes of the state, led by her uncle Creon. "Antigone" runs April 26-May 5.

For tickets, call (505) 646-4515 or 1-800-525-ASTC.