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ASTC at NMSU Theatre Arts presents reading of political family comedy

American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts will present a reading of Carol Carpenter's family comedy, "Good Lonely People," at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 at Hershel Zohn Theatre.


"Good Lonely People" focuses on a New Mexican family on President Barack Obama's election night in 2008. Being the only white democratic family in Bush oil country, they discover they are split on California's Proposition 8, an issue that hits close to home and raises questions about their own sense of "family." "Good Lonely People" was the winner of the Best Playwriting award for a new play at the 2010 Planet Connections Festivity in New York City, was selected as the audience favorite at the 2010 National NewBorn Festival and an Editor's Pick in the New York Daily News.

The reading of the play is part of the High Desert Play Development Program, a nationally recognized program that identifies new works by emerging playwrights. High Desert produces readings of two plays, choosing one for full production. Last spring, High Desert performed a reading of Jonathan Yukich's comedy, "Balls." Either "Balls" or "Good Lonely People" will open the spring semester of productions.

"Good Lonely People" is written by Carol Carpenter, who grew up in the trans-Pecos oil and ranching plains of New Mexico. Her influences include Sam Shepard and Annie Proulx.

"Good Lonely People" is directed by Michael Wise with dramaturgical support by William Storm. It features lighting by Jim Billings and a cast including Robin Dorfman, Mike Cook, Monika Mojica, Gail Wheeler, Madison Rodriguez, David Edwards and Claudia Billings.

Tickets to the reading of "Good Lonely People" cost $5 and are available at the Hershel Zohn Theatre Box Office between noon and 4 p.m. or by calling 575-646-4515. A post-play discussion with the playwright will be held following each performance.