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NMSU and ASTC announce 2005-2006 season

A Russian comedy, a mysterious hitchhiker, a Charles Dickens classic, an Eskimo outcast, a snake-handling cult and Count Dracula will highlight the 2005-2006 season of New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC).


od Doctor" will open the season and runs Sept. 23-Oct. 2. Neil Simon's critically acclaimed play is based on short stories written by Russian comic playwright Anton Chekhov.

Jose Rivera's "Cloud Tectonics" follows with a run from Oct. 21-30. Set in Los Angeles, the story begins when Anibal de la Luna picks up hitchhiker Celestina del Sol, who claims to be 54 years old. She also claims to have been pregnant for two years.

The holidays bring the heartwarming tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge's redemption in the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Tom Smith, NMSU assistant professor of theater. Performances run Nov. 18-Dec. 4.

The second half of the season begins with "The Ice Wolf" by Joanna Halpert Kraus. The play delivers an important message about tolerance when Anatou, a pale-haired Eskimo child, is exiled by her own people because she is different.

Public performances of "The Ice Wolf" are Feb. 17 and 18. There will be matinee performances for local schools as part of the department's mission to provide plays for young people.

Romulus Linney's "Holy Ghosts" will run March 10-19. Seeking to retrieve his runaway wife, Coleman Shedman finally finds her in a Southern snake-handling cult. Rich with southern rural life, "Holy Ghosts" blends humor and poignancy as it probes the circumstances and stories of the various cult members.