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ASTC at NMSU Theatre Arts presents screwball comedy 'Once in a Lifetime'

American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts will present the classic Kaufman and Hart screwball comedy, "Once in a Lifetime," Nov. 18 through Dec. 4 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.


Set in the late 1920s, "Once in a Lifetime" presents vaudevillians May, George and Jerry as they decide to take Hollywood by storm posing as voice coaches for the new talking films. The only problem is that none of them know anything about voice coaching. To make matters worse, an arrogant studio executive, a temperamental German director, talentless actors, a nosy gossip columnist and a frustrated writer all combine to make what might possibly be the worst movie ever.

"This is one of the funniest plays Kaufman and Hart ever wrote," said director Tom Smith. "Audiences will be laughing throughout the entire play."

The production features sound design by Smith, scenic and lighting design by Jim Billings, costume design by Valerie Cadena, properties by David Hereford and stage management by Mike Wise. The cast features more than 20 NMSU students, including Jordan Kruis as George, Lily Staski as May and Josh Padilla as Jerry.

"This is a huge production, with five sets and more than 100 costume pieces," Smith said. "We are so pleased to bring this terrific production to Las Cruces audiences."

The opening night of the production will include a special reception during intermission and after the show hosted by Christa Slaton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for Sunday shows. Tickets range from $10-$15 and are available at the Hershel Zohn Theatre Box Office between noon and 4 p.m. or by calling 575-646-4515.