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NMSU to host readings of two new plays

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company will present readings of two new plays as part of the High Desert Play Development program.

ng of "Spin" by Penny Penniston will take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and a reading of "The Nature of Mutation" by John Walch will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 both in the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU main campus.
Celebrating its inaugural year, the High Desert Play Development program solicited scripts from emerging playwrights of national renown. "Spin" and "The Nature of Mutation" were chosen to receive a week-long workshop culminating with the public readings.

Following each reading, audiences will be asked to respond to the play as a means to allow the playwright to continue the play's development. One of the plays may be fully produced in NMSU Theatre Arts' "WILD CARD" slot March 9-18, 2007.

John Walch's plays include "The Dinosaur Within," "Circumference of a Squirrel" and an adaptation of "The Elements of Style."

Penny Penniston's plays include "Now and Again," which won Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Citation for "Best New Work" and was selected for the 2005 Tribeca Film Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation development program.

Tickets are $5 for each reading. For more information call (505) 646-4515 or 1-800-646-ASTC.

Austin Craig
Sept. 8, 2006