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August 29 - September 14, 2014
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Ceil Herman
Typical of his entire life, Donny Rowan has been pressing the same crosswalk button at the same traffic light on the same street corner for 20 years. Finally, after placing all his possessions on his front lawn with a sign reading “Here’s my life, make me an offer, he attaches that same button to the easy chair in his attic and uses it to take him into an alternate universe. Steven Dietz’s “Rocket Man,” which opens August 29 and continues through September 14, 2014 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, details his entertaining and engaging journey. NSTC has produced Dietz's “Becky’s New Car” and “More Fun than Bowling”at the Black Box Theatre and his “Dracula” was performed at NMSU several years ago.
"Rocket Man" is directed by NSTC's Artistic Director Ceil Herman and stars Shawn Witty as Donny. Witty, a psychologist for Las Cruces Public Schools, recently starred in “The Foreigner” at Las Cruces Community Theatre and has experience as a professional actor. Also starring in the show are Lauren Jacobs as Rowan’s daughter, Tricia; Julia McClenon as his ex-wife, Rita, Jamie Bronstein as his friend, Louise; and Gorton Smith as his best friend, Buck.
“Rocket Man tells
the story of someone who has lived a good life, but somehow didn’t get it
right and so he goes in search of a parallel world and sacrifices everything
and everyone he loves to find it,” said Herman. “I think this play is just
miraculous. It has so much to say about life, spirituality, and love as it
follows the main character through the choices he makes and the journey they
take him on. I’m really excited to begin our 14th season at the Black Box
Theatre with "Rocket Man,” said Herman.
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