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New Mexico State University theater and ASTC announce 2004-2005 season

A murder trial, favorite holiday moments, travels through time and a Shakespearean classic will highlight the 2004-2005 season of the New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC).

son will open with "Machinal" Oct. 1-10. It was inspired by the sensational 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder and focuses on the young stenographer's struggle for life and love. However, Snyder is trapped by the machine-like life surrounding her and finds herself desperate to survive and be free. The play is a modern-age tragedy of isolation turned to murder.

"The Einstein Project" will run Oct. 22 and 23 as the second show of the season. Jeremy Lawrence, who brought Tennessee Williams to life in "Talking Tennessee," based this play on the life and work of Albert Einstein. This world premiere production is a special performance and not part of the NMSU and ASTC season ticket package.

The holiday season will feature "Season's Greetings" Nov. 26-Dec. 5, which was written and developed by the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts and ASTC. The play will journey back to favorite holiday moments and will provide the audience with music and stories to delight the entire family.

The second half of the season will bring two productions that will alternate performances from Feb. 25-March 20.

The first production is "The Shape of Things," by Neil LaBute. When Adam begins to date a rebellious art student and discovers a new-found self-confidence, Adam's longtime friends don't appreciate the chilling changes.

"On the Verge," the second alternating production, follows three Victorian female explorers who travel through time and space - from the depths of Africa to the New World to Terra Incognita and beyond. It is a wild and witty tale of yearning, courage and imagination.

Closing the 2004-2005 season will be Shakespeare's charming and magical comedy, "A Midsummer Nights Dream" from April 22-May 1. It is an intertwined comedy about young lovers seeking the wrong mate as their lives are complicated by laws of the city and feuding and mischievous fairies.

Season tickets are available through Oct. 10. They range in price from $36 to $55. A "pick-your-own" coupon book of eight tickets is available for $80.

Season sponsorships are available for businesses wishing to contribute to NMSU Theatre Arts and ASTC. Season sponsors receive advertising in all theater programs. For more information contact Michael Wise, artistic director, at (505) 646-5418.

For tickets call the ASTC box office at (505) 636-4515.