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NMSU theater to present production portraying Vincent van Gogh's early life

"Vincent in Brixton," a play based on real events of Vincent van Gogh's early life, will run Friday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb.18, at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the New Mexico State University campus. NMSU's Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company will present the production during the 2006-2007 NMSU Theater Arts/ASTC Season.

Based on real events, "Vincent in Brixton" is set in London and chronicles van Gogh's life before his career as an artist.

NMSU student Zachary Bannister directs "Vincent in Brixton," and leads a diverse production team that includes guest scenic designer Thom Bumblauskas as well as NMSU faculty members Mike Wise, stage manager; Jim Billings, light designer; and David Hereford, props designer. In addition to Bannister, other NMSU students will work the production including Emily Farrell, costume designer; Kyle Melton, assistant scenic designer; and Laura Burns, assistant costume designer.

Josh Shakra takes on the title role of Vincent van Gogh. NMSU faculty member Claudia Billings plays Ursula Loyer, the widowed teacher with whom van Gogh lodges while in London. NMSU student Amy Archibeque plays Loyer's daughter, Eugenie. Also in the cast are NMSU students Matt Jones as Sam Plowman and Emily Farrell as Anna van Gogh.

Ticket prices vary from $10-$15 depending on performance dates. Show times vary. Call (505) 646-4515 or 1-800-646-ASTC for details.