Aug. 08--Curtains are rising on new seasons for the "big three" Las Cruces theater companies: Las Cruces Community Theater, the American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University and Black Box Theatre/No Strings Theatre Company.
The entertainment roster will feature comedy, drama, mystery, musicals, original works and beloved classics, including new and old takes on Molliere's "Misanthrope" by two area theater companies.
Our reputation as the Broadway of the Southwest gets another boost as ASTC marks its first full season in its new home, the state-of-the art Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre in New Mexico State University's $37.5 million Center for the Performing Arts, where Tom Smith, ASTC's managing director, reports the roster "combines hilarious comedies, a Tony-winning new drama, a children's classic, a family musical and a premiere of a new work."
Las Cruces "Off-Broadway" community, continues to thrive, too, with avant-garde presentations by Lo-Fi Productions and other indie theater groups.
Boba Cafe, 1900 S. Espina St., puts on regular dinner theater cabaret and special events and premieres of original works and musical revues.
The Rio Grande Theatre will host several theatrical presentations including traveling shows, special revues, free Every Other Tuesday presentations and annual summer
Missoula Children's Theater workshops.
Tony Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated playwright Mark Medoff directs a 2014 production of "Annie Get Your Gun," with music by Irving Berlin, book by Dorothy and Herbert Fields, and starring Mark Womack, Jessica Medoff and Millinee Bannister. Performances will be Jan. 17, 18, 19 at Atkinson Recital Hall.
Other special performances are presented at venues that range from area restaurants to the Pan American Center and the Las Cruces Convention Center.
American Southwest Theatre Company at NMSU
Where: Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave.
How much: $15, $13 seniors 65 and up, N.M.SU faculty/staff, $10 ages 3 to 17, N.M.SU students. Season tickets are $52; $48 for senior citizens, N.M.SU faculty/staff, and students, Coupon Book $100 with 8 coupons for any performances. Season subscribers also receive invitations to special events, receive priority reserved seating, and vote for annual acting awards.
Info: 575-646-4515, nmsutheatre.com. For season tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.theatre.
Benefits and special events -- "DIVAS: 2013:" Aug. 17, $15. Other events TBA.
"Red," by John Logan: Sept. 27 to Oct. 13.
"James and the Giant Peach:" from the book by Roald Dahl, dramatized by Richard R. George: 7 p.m. Nov. 1 only.
"A Christmas Carol:" adaptation and lyrics by Tom Smith, music by Roger Butterley, Nov. 22 to Dec. 8.
"Aunt Raini:" by Tom Smith, Feb. 21 to March 9.
"The Misanthrope:" by Moliere, translated by Richard Wilbur, April 18 to May 4.
Las Cruces Community Theater
Where: Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall
How much: $10 adults, $9 students, seniors & military, $8 each for groups of ten or more, $7 kids 6 and under. Season tickets: $50,
Info: 575-523-1200, lcctnm.org
"Dames at Sea:" by George Haimsohn, Robin Miller, and Jim Wise, directed by Janet Mazdra, Aug. 2 to 18.
"The School for Lies:" by David Ives, based on "The Misanthrope" by Moliere, directed by Brandon Brown, Oct. 4 to 20.
"Come Blow Your Horn:" by Neil Simon, directed by Patrick Payne, Dec. 6 to 22.
"The Foreigner:" by Larry Shue, directed by Mike Wise, Jan. 31 to Feb. 15.
"The Lion in Winter:" by James Goldman, directed by Monte H. Wright, March 18 to April 3.
One-Act Play Festival: April 24 to May 10. After a one year hiatus, LCCT's one-act festival returns, showcasing new directors and new plays.
"Ruthless! The Musical:" by Joel Paley and Marvin Laird, directed by Autumn Gieb, June 6 through 22.
Black Box Theatre/No Strings Theatre Company
Where: Black Box Theatre, Downtown Mall
When: 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays
How much: $10 regular and $9 students and seniors (over 65). Preferred Patron Package season ticket: $50, $45 students and seniors
Info and reservations: 575-523-1223, no-strings.org
"Greater Tuna:" by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard & Joe Sears, directed by Ceil Herman, Aug. 23 to Sept. 8.
"Heroes:" by Gerard Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard, directed by larrychandler, Oct. 11 to 27.
"Nora:" by Ingmar Bergman, directed by Ceil Herman, Nov. 29 to Dec. 15.
"Romance, Romance:" book and lyrics by Barry Harman, music by Keith Herrmann, directed by Karen Caroe, Jan. 24 to Feb. 16.
"The Women of Lockerbie:" by Deborah Brevoort, directed by Nikka Ziemer, March 14 to 30.
"Murderers:" by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Ceil Herman, April 25 to May 11.
"The House of Blue Leaves:" by John Guare, directed by Tom Smith, June 6 to 22.
Mark Medoff and Lonnie Klein/Las Cruces Symphony collaboration "Annie Get Your Gun:" music by Irving Berlin, book by Dorothy and Herbert Fields, Jan. 17, 18 and 19 at Atkinson Recital Hall. Starring Jessica Medoff, Mark Womack and Millinee Bannister. Tickets: $35, $45 and $55. Call 575-646-3709 or visit lascrucessymphony.com.
S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.
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