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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.
Performances of "Rocket Man" will be at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, August 29-30 and September 5-6 and 12-13,  2:30 p.m. on Sundays, September 7 and 14, and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens and students, and all seats on Thursdays are $8.00. For reservations, call (575) 523-1223 or email Season tickets for the


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