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NMSU Theatre Arts presents "Cloud Tectonics"

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) present Jose Rivera's "Cloud Tectonics" Oct. 21-30 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre. It is the second production of the 2005 - 2006 NMSU Theater Arts/ASTC Season.

Matthew Esqueda, Emily Cross and Santino Jimenez act out a scene from "Cloud Tectonics," playing Oct. 21-30 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

As one of America's foremost Hispanic playwrights Rivera offers the story of Anibal de la Luna and a mysterious hitchhiker, Celestina del Sol. In Rivera's characteristic style of "magic realism," he presents a complex relationship that explores the nature of love and of time.

"'Cloud Tectonics' makes perfect sense following our recent production of 'Albert in Wonderland,' as both plays explore the notion of relativity and subjectivity as they pertain to time and to love," says NMSU theater arts professor Laura Godwin. "'Cloud Tectonics' is a beautiful play in which many things happen, but time itself stands still."

Director Jim Billings, who designed the set and lights for the show, leads a talented production team that includes NMSU faculty members. Mike Wise designed sound; Dave Hereford designed props; and Wayne Hilton designed costumes. NMSU theater student Nicole Quade is the production's stage manager. The cast is composed of current NMSU students Emily Cross (Celestina) and Matt Esqueda (Anibal), with former NMSU student Santino Jimenez playing the role of Nelson.

"It's a love story about purity of feeling and emotions that transcend time," Billing says. "I love the storytelling in this play because it is so wild?you would only believe it in the theatre!"

Ticket prices vary from $8 - $13 depending on performance dates. Call the ASTC box office at 646 - 4515 or 1 - 800 - 646 - ASTC for details.