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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October 10 - October 26, 2014


By Ron Hutchinson

Directed by Shaun Hadfleld1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do?  He locks screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming in his office, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

"Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play…a rip-roaring farce…[with] witty, pointed dialogue and hilarious situations…" —NY Daily News

November 21 - December 7, 2014


By Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears

Directed by Ceil Herman


It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, played by Algernon D'Ammassa and David Reyes, report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons.

"A hoot!" - The New York Times

January 30 - February 15, 2015


By Beth Henley

Directed by Nikka Ziemer

Dedicated to the memory of Dale Pawley

"A brisk and perky new comedy. What gives the play its savor and joy are, as usual, Henley's women—those ditsy females, unknown to natural law, who always seem to get their own way, disconcerting even when they don't know what their own way is." —NY Post.

March 13 - March 29, 2015


By Harold Pinter

Directed by Algernon D'Ammassa


"Set in an unnamed government institution of dubious purpose, which is run by a particularly Pinteresque assemblage of bumbling, sometimes sinister, and often hilarious bureaucrats, the play finds the author at the top of his youthful powers. —The New Yorker.

"The Hothouse is riotous and spooky fun…bringing a new lift to the theater season." —NY Daily News

May 1 - May 17, 2015


By William Missouri Downs

Directed by Ceil Herman


A new comedy by the author of Cockeyed about two Dada performance artists who have built a theatre in their living room. Tonight their home/theatre is hosting a dinner party. Things go quickly awry when they discover the other couple wasn't told about the live audience and go bad to worse when they discover an asteroid is heading their way. They and the audience are forced to answer existential questions: Can humans be good if no one is watching? What is the meaning of life? What the hell is performance art?


June 5 - June 21, 2015


By Dominic Cooke

Directed by Karen Caroe


A simple and delightfully inventive re-telling of the stories from the Arabian Nights.

"...superb... weaves a potent spell of enchantment as it moves from cruelty to happiness and from the blissfully ribald to the deeply affecting"-Daily Telegraph

"...a masterful piece of storytelling... a truly magical piece of theatre that delights all the senses"



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