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NMSU theater presenting five plays during 2000-01 season

The New Mexico State University theater department and the American Southwest Theater Company will present five plays during the 2000-01 season. The schedule includes "Blood Wedding," "Peter Pan," "The Cripple of Inishmann," "Tommy J and Sally"and "Much Ado about Nothing."

"Blood Wedding" will preview on Sept. 28 and run through Oct. 8. Written in 1933 by Garcia Lorca, the story is based on a newspaper fragment which told of a family vendetta and a bride who ran away with the son of the enemy family. Lorca used this story to investigate, through music and poetry, the constraints of the rural Spanish community in which the play is rooted. The production will feature music composed by Randy Sanchez, Shane Derk and Phillipe Roybal of Nosotros.

The holiday show "Peter Pan" will preview Nov. 16 and run through Dec. 3. No performance will be held on Thanksgiving Day. The play tells the story of Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up, and the Darling children as they soar away to magical Neverland. This new script by assistant professor Tom Smith is based on J.M. Barrie's 1904 book.

"The Cripple of Inishmann" will run Feb 13-18. Written by Martin McDouagh, the comic plot is set on a remote Irish island after word arrives that a Hollywood director is casting a film nearby. The story is about young Cripple Billy who feels being cast in the film will help him break away from the boredom of his daily life.

"Tommy J and Sally," by Mark Medoff, will run March 13-18. Sally is a famous pop singer who finds Tommy J, a mysterious young black man, in her apartment. Medoff's most recent play investigates the cultural assumptions based on appearance and race as these two characters struggle to find common ground. This is the premier of the full-length version. It was originally shown as a one-act production at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

"Much Ado about Nothing," by William Shakespeare, will preview on April 26 and run through May 6. This classic follows Claudio as he falls in love with Hero, and stubborn Benedick who vows never to fall in love. But Cupid has other plans. Emmy Award winner Marulyn Wall-Asse is designing the costumes for "Much Ado About Nothing."

Tickets to individual performances range in price from $5.50 to $10.75. Season tickets are also available. For more information, or to order tickets, call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515.

Maria C. Lucero
Sept. 15, 2000