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Nov. 20-Dec. 6, 2015


by Ernest Thompson

directed by larrychandler


No Strings Theatre Company presents "On Golden Pond" by Ernest Thompson, directed by Larry Chandler at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. "On Golden Pond," the love story of an elderly couple, Ethyl and Norman Thayer, opens Friday, November 20 and runs through Sunday, December 6.

Director Larry Chandler has degrees in theatre from Weber State University and University of Utah and is retired Department of Army Civilian Theatre/Entertainment Director. He has directed/produced (both professional and amateur) over 300 stage productions in my life. About the play, he says "It has always been one of my favorite plays and movie. The story is timeless and is of a nature that commands the attention by all, young and old, who see it or know it. Our approach is to be true not only to the author's story and what he has written but also to the emotions and relationships of the characters and at the same time entertain. This is a love story, love of each other, love of family, love of life, love of the land - specifically "Golden Pond" and connection of family thru angst, conflict and compromise."



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LEFT: (L to R) Mike Cook (Bill Ray), Owen Glidewell (Billy Ray), Karen Buerdsel (Chelsea Thayer Wayne) and Nikka Ziemer (Ethel Thayer)

RIGHT: (L to R) Nikka Ziemer (Ethel Thayer), Owen Glidewell (Billy Ray), and Jack Ullrich (Norman Thayer)


Performing in "On Golden Pond" are Nikka Ziemer who plays Ethel Thayer and Jack Ulrich who plays Norman Thayer. Karen Buerdsell, plays their daughter, Chelsea Thayer, Playing the role of Bill Ray is Mike Cook and Bobby Senecal plays Charlie the post man. Marilyn Artuso is the telephone operator. A new face and first time in a BBT production is 13 year old Owen Glidewell playing Billy. Peter Herman is the Lighting Designer, Larry Fisher is the Asst. Director., Gorton Smith is Stage Manager and Doug Roby is co-set designer/engineer.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays, November 29 and December 6 at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 regular admission, $10.00 Students and Seniors over 65 and all seats on Thursday are $8.00. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.


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January 15-31, 2016


by Steven Dietz

directed by Ceil Herman


"We humans love stories. And every once in a while, if you're lucky, you see a story that stands out from all the others. Steven Dietz's Shooting Star is one of those stories. There are plenty of laughs in Dietz's humorous tale, but at every important moment, every emotional high, every startling revelation, the theatre grows utterly silent. Stories told this well don't come around very often." —Austin Chronicle.




March 4-20, 2016


by Harold Pinter

directed by Karen Caroe


"Fascinating capacity to be menacing, ominous and evocative of some dark and threatening doom." - The New York Post

"The most interesting play to be seen on Broadway." - The New York Times





May 6-22, 2016


by Nell Benjamin

directed by Algernon D'Ammassa


"You don't have to be British to lose your composure and howl with laughter at The Explorers Club ,  a witty spoof of all those bold Victorian adventurers who ravaged foreign lands and annihilated indigenous cultures in the name of science." —Variety. "




June 17-July 3, 2016


by Tom Stoppard

directed by Ceil Herman


Winner! Tony Award for Best Play - 1984 and Winner! 2000 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play

"So packed with wit, ideas and feelings ... Stoppard's most moving play and the most bracing play anyone has written about love and marriage in years." - The New York Times.

"Shimmering, dazzling theatre, a play of uncommon wit and intelligence which not only thoroughly delights but challenges and illuminates our lives." - WCBS





Gourd Art and Ornaments by Karen Currier


Photography by Nikka Ziemer


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