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ASTC at NMSU Theatre Arts presents classic Shakespearean comedy

The American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts will present Shakespeare's classic slapstick farce, "Comedy of Errors," Sept. 24 through Oct. 5 at Hershel Zohn Theatre.

A special season-opening reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23 to introduce the 2010-2011 theater season.

"Comedy of Errors" is a zany and fast-paced comedy with plot twists galore. Antipholus and his servant Dromio have come to Ephesus to find their long lost twins, also named Antipholus and Dromio. The citizens of Ephesus get brothers and servants mixed up, and everyone tries to figure out who is who in this comedy of mistaken identity.

"This is a funny and fantastic way to open our season," said Tom Smith, Theatre Arts department head. "We're setting the action of the play in a film studio back lot, circa 1920s and 30s, so the whole show will have a Three Stooges/Marx Brothers feel."

The production is directed by Smith and features scenic and lighting design by Jim Billings, costume design by Deborah L. Brunson and properties by David Hereford. The production features an all-student cast, including Alec Plante, Andre Bergsagel, Austin Dennis, Ben Adams, Chris Rivas, Erin McClure, Francesca Tharpe, Jordan Kelley, Jordan Kruis, Josh Padilla, Sean Dolan, Valerie Cadena and William Zimmerman.

This season, due to overwhelming audience request, all evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees remain at 2 p.m.

"Comedy of Errors" opens a theater season which also includes a reading of "Good Lonely People," productions of the classic "A Christmas Carol," a new production and the thriller "An Inspector Calls."

Tickets to "Comedy of Errors," the reception performance and season tickets are available at the Hershel Zohn Theatre box office from 12-4 p.m. or by calling 575-646-4515.