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NMSU Theatre Arts and ASTC present reading of new play 'Balls'

New Mexico State University's Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company will present a reading of a new play, "Balls" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

The reading is part of the new High Desert Play Development program. Celebrating its fifth year, the High Desert Play Development program solicits scripts from emerging playwrights of national renown. One of these scripts, Jonathan Yukich's "Balls," was selected to receive a week-long workshop culminating with the public readings on Jan. 22 and 23.

Immediately 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. "Balls" will be in consideration for full production in NMSU Theatre Arts High Desert slot in the 2010-2011 season.

"Balls" is a quirky and outrageous comedy about the Moon family of Balls, Ala., who are preparing for the arrival of famed football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. NMSU Theatre Arts Department Chair Tom Smith is excited about the play, noting that the "play keeps an
audience on its toes, never knowing what will happen next."

Smith is also pleased that playwright Jonathan Yukich can join ASTC's cast, crew and audiences on campus for the reading.

"Yukich is a strong and important voice in new American theatre," Smith said, "He's a playwright we are very honored to have collaborate with us this season."

The purpose of the High Desert Play Development program is to identify and bring emerging playwrights, people who have regional but not necessarily national reputation, and provide them a week with actors, a director, a dramaturge and an audience to workshop their play in order to improve and refine it.

Tickets are $5. For more information call the NMSU Theatre/ASTC box
office at (575) 646-4515 or 1 (800) 646-ASTC.