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A New Brain

Music & lyrics by William Finn, Book by William Finn & James Lapine, directed by Nora Q. Thomas

Nov 25-Dec 11, 2016

FRI NOV 25, DEC 2,9 | 8:00 PM
SAT NOV 26, DEC 3,10 | 8:00 PM
SUN DEC 4,11 | 2:30 PM
THR DEC 8 | 7:00 PM

By the Tony-award winning authors of Falsettos, here is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children's television show that features a frog - Mr. Bungee - and the spector of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce. [ ... more ]

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Out of Sterno

by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Ceil Herman

Jan 27-Feb 12, 2017

FRI JAN 27, FEB 3,10 | 8:00 PM
SAT JAN 28, FEB 4,11 | 8:00 PM
SUN FEB 5,12 | 2:30 PM
THR FEB 9 | 7:00 PM

A dotty heroine named Dotty tells us the story of her life in "Out of Sterno," a play that is almost impossible not to like, combining qualities of a fairy tale and tall tale with those of a wacky comic strip adventure. Out of Sterno is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town. [ ... more ]

A Reimagining of Pandora's Box

This show has been collaboratively created and choreographed by the Mesilla Valley Dance Collective members, as well as featured guest performers Jessica Trembly, of 575 Dance in Alamogordo, NM, and Jermey J. Edmonson, a graduate student at NMSU seek

Feb 25-Feb 26, 2017

SAT FEB 25 | 8:00 PM
SUN FEB 26 | 2:30 PM

Mesilla Valley Dance Collective is bringing a creative and original reimagining of Pandora's Box to the Black Box Theater on February 25th and 26th, 2017. The Las Cruces-based dance company has refashioned the classic narrative to explore the loss of a loved one and the ensuing stages of grief. In the show, Pandora releases all manner of emotions ranging from anger and reflection, to hope and acceptance which are explored through original choreography featuring jazz, ballet, and modern dance as well as an original script. [ ... more ]

The Conference of the Birds

By Peter Brook and Jean-Claude Carriere Based on the poem by Farid ud-Din Attar Directed by Karen Caroe

Mar 17-Apr 02, 2017

FRI MAR 17,24,31 | 8:00 PM
SAT MAR 18,25, APR 1 | 8:00 PM
SUN MAR 26, APR 2 | 2:30 PM
THR MAR 30 | 7:00 PM

The play itself is a flying carpet, gliding us aloft into a land of mystery, splendor and ritual. A nation of birds is in crisis, and urged on by one of their flock, the Hoopoe, they chart a path to find their king." -Times of London. There are moments of farce and despair as they attempt to cross the seven valleys with their disturbing riddles. Some die, some drop out, while others continue their quest. At last, the survivors come into the presence of the Great One where the secret is discovered-that they, themselves are the embodiment of the
divine. [ ... more ]

Seagulls in a Cherry Tree

by William Missouri Downs, directed by Ceil Herman

May 12-May 28, 2017

FRI MAY 12,19,26 | 8:00 PM
SAT MAY 13,20,27 | 8:00 PM
SUN MAY 21,28 | 2:30 PM
THR MAY 25 | 7:00 PM

A zany new comedy described by Downs, author of the two previous NSTC hits, Cockeyed and Mad Gravity) as "the first new Chekhov play in a hundred years!" The comedy follows the adventures of Boris and Stan, two Hollywood screenwriters who have been hired by Disney to adapt Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard into a new movie for Mel Gibson. You will certainly recognize many iconic Chekhovian characters as they pursue love, longing, life and loss at the Dantchenko Colony for Artists and Creative Inquiry, Moscow, Idaho! [ ... more ]


by Sam Bobrick, directed Nikka Ziemer

Jun 23-Jul 08, 2017

FRI JUN 23,30, JUL 6 | 8:00 PM
SAT JUN 24, JUL 1,7 | 8:00 PM
SUN JUL 2,8 | 2:30 PM
THR JUL 5 | 7:00 PM

"Baggage" follows two annoying thirty-somethings who accidentally take each other's bags at JFK airport, then - for reasons known only to the playwright - decide to start dating. The title has more than one meaning, referring not only to a mix-up of luggage at the airport, but also the emotional impediments we tend to carry through life. Audiences get bad dates, break-ups, reconciliation - even a shrink peddling his books to them - and the crowd. There's kung pao chicken and the fortune "Stay away from chocolate." [ ... more ]

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