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NMSU theater department to close season with 'Arcadia'

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) will close the 2003-04 season with Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" April 30 through May 9 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.

d, who also wrote "Shakespeare in Love," is known for his wit and his ability to communicate intelligently and eloquently. The play is set in an English mansion between two time periods, the early 19th century and the present.

"'Arcadia' is a play about academic research and the pursuit of knowledge," said Michael Wise, director and artistic director for the NMSU theater department. "One of 'Arcadia's' big ideas is the desire to know."

Wise said the characters seek different kinds of knowledge, from scientific and mathematical to historical and sexual and romantic.

"It is the perfect play to be done on a university setting, whose mission is to educate," Wise said.

Cast members include NMSU students and community actors Geoff Bleeker, Maria-Luisa Winslow, Rachel Thomas-Chappell, Brandon Brown, Jeremy Gwin, Jenna Guitar, Gabe Morrison, Jesus Villanueva, Trey McCurley and Jeremy Tillery. Melissa Pincomb, as Thomasina, is a student at Mayfield High School.

Scenic and lighting design is by resident designer Jim Billings and costume design is by Glenn Breed. The sound is designed by M. David Sage and the stage manager is NMSU theater student Efrain Schunior.

Tickets for "Arcadia" are $8-$13, depending on performance time and date. For times and reservations call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515.

EDITORS/PHOTOGRAPHERS: Photo call for "Arcadia" will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Hershel Zohn Theatre.