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NMSU Theatre Arts announces their 2009-2010 season

The American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts has announced their 2009-2010 season which will open on Sept. 25 with a production of Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House."

Ruhl's American comedy "The Clean House," follows character Mathilde on her mission to find the perfect joke. "The Clean House" runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 11 with a special gala preview performance on Sept. 24. Tickets to the gala preview are $15 and include food, drinks, music by Mariachi Diamante of Las Cruces High School and a ticket to the show. A special one weekend run of "Tuck Everlasting," based on the book by Natalie Babbitt, is scheduled for Oct. 23-25. In this tale, young Winnie comes across the immortal Tuck family and must decide whether she, too, should live forever.

A revival of "Seussical the Musical," a musical that sold out the Hershel Zohn theatre three years ago, will run Nov. 20-Dec. 6. The colorful characters of Dr. Seuss come to life in this magical musical.

The second half of the season will open with a brand new work devised by NMSU Theatre Arts department head Tom Smith and the ASTC at NMSU Theatre Arts company. "The Eurydice Project," will explore the ancient journey of Orpheus, who travels to the underworld to save his bride, Eurydice. "The Eurydice Project" opens Feb. 19, and runs through March 7, 2010.
The final production of the season is the classic Russian political satire, "The Inspector General," by Nikolai Gogol. With a government inspector headed to town, the residents are determined to make a good impression. But a case of mistaken identity leads to lots of surprises in this classic play. "The Inspector General" will run April 16-May 2, 2010.

Season tickets are now on sale for $65 through Oct. 11 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre box office. Subscribers save money and have the opportunity to pick specific seats for each performance. Season subscribers also receive early notification of special events and get to vote for the theater's annual awards.

Single tickets for ASTC at NMSU Theatre Arts performances are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors as well as NMSU faculty and staff and $10 for students. Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information call the NMSU Theatre/ASTC box office at (575) 646-4515 or 1-800-646-ASTC or visit the Web site, at http://theatre.nmsu.edu/astc/playing_next.html.