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High Desert Play Development program to hold reading of new play "Pixie"

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company will present a new play reading for Matt Casarino's "Pixie" at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre as part of the High Desert Play Development Program.

In the play, Terrence accidentally kills a small dog named Pixie on his way to work. This starts a series of events that revels Terrence's deepest secrets and fears, unraveling his life before his own eyes. Then when Pixie begins speaking to him, Terrence feels his sanity is unraveling as well.

The High Desert Play Development Program is designed to give scripts from emerging, nationally known playwrights, such as Casarino, an opportunity to be in a workshop and read to the public. After the reading of "Pixie," the audience will have the opportunity to respond to the play to allow Casarino to continue the play's development.

"Pixie" will be considered for full production by the program this spring.

Casarnio has written several short and full-length plays and many have been published by Playscripts Inc.

The production team will include NMSU theatre arts faculty members Claudia Billings and William Storm and NMSU student Michael Derr.

The cast will include Tom Smith, another theatre arts faculty member, NMSU students Regina Ryanczak, Sean Darragh, Chris Rivas, Jessica Kohn, Matt Jones, Mandy Guitar, Amy Archibeque and Tieshia Frances and Las Cruces community actor Robin Dorfman.

Tickets are $5. For more information call (575) 646-4515 or 1-800-646-ASTC.