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by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
directed by Ceil Herman
August 21-September 6, 2015
"Bob: A Life in Five Acts," written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and is the first production of No Strings Theatre Company's 2015-2016 season and is directed by NSTC's Artistic Director, Ceil Herman. The play, which premiered at the Humana Festival of New Plays in Louisville, KY in 2011, opens on Friday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, September 6 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.
NSTC is thrilled that this year, their patrons will be treated to a completely different seating configuration and new chairs and risers at the Black Box Theatre.
"Bob: A Life in Five Acts" is an absurdist tale of the American dream. Through a Brechtian device of distancing the audience from the events of the play, each act is announced by a 6 member chorus who tell the audience what to expect. However, there are plenty of surprises as Bob is followed from his birth at a White Castle hamburger stand through the rest stops of American on his journey to find himself. The chorus also performs dances in between the acts and the costume changes from character to character are, in large part, accomplished onstage. The chorus members each play 5 or 6 different characters as well as inanimate objects. The play has been described as a comic exploration of American mythology and values, the treacherous pursuit of happiness and discovering what it means to be truly "great."
The versatile cast includes Bobby Senecal as Bob and Sam Damon, Parrish Androh, McKensi Karnes, Ilene Steele, Tiffany Tyson, and PJ Waggaman. Lighting, Projection, and Scenic Design is by Peter Herman, the Costume designer is Lana Eckman and Rafael Medina is the Sound Designer. Nora Thomas is Choreographer, and Karen Ross is Stage Manager. The Light Board Operator is Daniel Caroe and Gorton Smith is the Projectionist.
Performances of "Bob: A Life in Five Acts" are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sunday matinees on August 30 and September 6 at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 regular admission, $10.00 Students and seniors over 65 and all seats on Thursdays are $8.00. Season Ticket "Flexi-Passes" are on sale at all performances, and allow NSTC patrons to see 7 productions for the price of 6. For reservations call the theatre at (575) 523-1223.
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