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ASTC at NMSU Theatre Arts to present 'The Government Inspector'

The American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts will present its final production of the 2009-2010 season, Nikolai Gogol's, "The Government Inspector," from April 16-May 2 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.

A classic satire from 19th century Russia, "The Government Inspector" combines cutting political commentary with plenty of laughs.

"The play seems particularly timely, at the point at which we chose to present this play, political scandal was rife from South Carolina to Illinois to Alaska. Although the play is set in the middle of nowhere in 1830s Russia, the scandalous bribes, use of political influence, secrecy, lies and greed resonate in twenty-first century America," said director Mike Wise.

Wise, a leading member of the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts, heads an experienced production team. NMSU Theatre Arts faculty members take important design and production roles, including Jim Billings (scenic designer), Deb Brunson (costume designer) and David Hereford (props designer). NMSU Theatre Arts students Daniel Aguilar (lighting designer) and Erica Powell (stage manager) fill out the production staff.

The cast features a number of talented NMSU students including Matt Jones, Mandolynn Browning, Michelle Atencio, Jordan Kelley, Sean Dolan, Carlos Aranda, Natasha Sanchez, Aldo Maldonado, Anthony Barcena, Christopher Rivas, Grady Easterline, Roxanne de Luna, Jessica Thierry, Austin Dennis, Trevor Nazario, Ken Berba and Ben Adams. The show also includes community performers Richard Rundell, Trevor Hodgkins and P.J. Waggaman.

Director Wise sees the play as very relevant and funny, asking audiences to "imagine Jon Stewart in a Marx Brothers' movie, then come see 'The Government Inspector.'"

The show will be performed April 16 to May 2. Thursday performances begin at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For more information call the NMSU Theatre/ASTC box office at (575) 646-4515 or 1 (800) 646-ASTC.