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March 13-29

 

No Strings Theatre Company presents an absurdist thriller comedy by Harold Pinter, "The Hothouse" directed by Algernon D'Ammassa. The play opens on Friday, March 13 and runs through Sunday, March 29 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.

 

The play takes place in a dubious government institution where patients or nmates are referred to by numbers and where something menacing is going on. The senior staff of this place engage in veiled intrigues and strange, vicious games as the director, Colonel Roote, slides quietly into madness. Meanwhile, the anonymous patients are becoming restless.

 

Director Algernon D’Ammassa describes "The Hothouse" as “Pinter’s Forgotten play, and one of his best.” The play was originally written in 1958, between his famous early works "The Birthday Party" and "The Caretaker," but was shelved for twenty years. It was first staged in London in 1980 (directed by Pinter himself) and saw its American premiere in 1982. Despite critical acclaim, the play remained obscure until popular revivals at the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End during the last decade.

 

This production by No Strings Theatre Company assembles many faces familiar to the local theatre scene, who have been rehearsing intensively since before Christmas due to the complexity of Pinter’s play.  The cast consists of Julian Alexander, Eric Brekke, Nora Brown, Mike Cook, David Salcido, Gorton Smith, and Danny Wade.

 

Performances of "The Hothouse are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM; Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 PM; and Sunday matinees on March 22 and 29 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $12.00 for general admission,  $10.00 for students and seniors over the age of 65, and all seats on Thursday are $8.00. Reservations can be made by calling the Black Box Theatre at (575) 523-1223.

 

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“AN ILIAD”

Returns To The Black Box Theatre FEBRUARY 28 and MARCH 1, 2014

 

WRITTEN BY LISA PETERSON AND DENIS O’HARE

 

The Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces, in association with Theatre Dojo, welcomes a return of the touring southwestern premiere of the highly acclaimed Obie award-winning adaptation of Homer’s *Iliad, *a play the *New York Times* called “spellbinding…an age-old story that resonates with tragic meaning today.” Based on Robert Fagles’s translation of Homer’s epic, this modern play retells the ancient tale of gods, goddesses, warriors and their families, and the endless battles of human history with a gripping, modern voice.  The production, which opened at the Black Box in February of 2014, will return for two performances at the Black Box Theatre.  The shows will be February 28 at 8:00 PM, and a Sunday matinee on March 1 at 2:30 PM.  Admission will be $12 for adults and $10 for seniors over 65 or students with I.D.

 

*An Iliad* opens on an empty stage with the entrance of a strange, apparently homeless man with a beat-up suitcase.  He begins to sing in ancient Greek, a song seemingly as old as humanity, and a song he has been singing for a very long time.  He has difficulty remembering all of the words and names, but the stories possess him and we see it is his destiny to tell this tale – and ours, to live it, generation after generation.

 

This new production of *An Iliad *brings together two accomplished artists from the Las Cruces area in a collaboration of storytelling and music. AlgernonD’Ammassa plays the role of the Poet with music improvised by celebrated musician Randy Granger on a variety of instruments.  The presence of live music harkens to an ancient tradition wherein traveling poets would accompany themselves on a lyre.

 

Algernon D’Ammassa is a theatrical actor who has also appeared on film and television.  He trained professionally at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island and has traveled all over the United States and to Europe as a performer and teacher.  In 2006, he founded Theatre Dojo in Los Angeles, California as a multi-disciplinary community combining yoga, meditation, and martial arts with the performing arts.  Since 2011, he has worked regularly with the No Strings Theatre Company of Las Cruces, and he teaches at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University.

 

Randy Granger is a native New Mexican of indigenous ancestry. He is a master of various instruments, combining Native American flute with musical traditions encompassing rock, jazz, mariachi, and more.  Based in Las Cruces, he tours the United States as a solo musician and teacher. 

 

Reservations can be made by calling the Black Box Theatre at (575) 523-1223 or visiting www.no-strings.org.

 

For more information on the tour, a Facebook page has been established at www.facebook.com/theatredojous.

 

 

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Claude Bourbon

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Medieval & Spanish blues

Guitar & Songs

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, Monty Python; JS Bach and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks….

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”.  Intrigued ?

Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb !

 

"... not a same ole same ole gig..."

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April 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00

April 12 at 2:30 pm

 

A program of classic and contemporary Broadway Show Tunes Directed by Diane Thomas and featuring Vanessa Dabovich, Shaun Hadfield, Chelsea Jarae Hooper, Rafael Medina, Jade Rayne, Christopher Elliott Sedillo, and Nora Thomas

 

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March 13 - March 29, 2015

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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

 

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May 1 - May 17, 2015

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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?

 

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June 5 - June 21, 2015

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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"-Whatsonstage.com

 

 

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GOURD ARTWORK BY KAREN CURRIER

 

thetheatregallery, located in the Lobby of the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces, will highlight Gourd Artwork by Karen Currier. There will be a wine and cheese reception for the artist on Friday, December 5 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Ramble. thetheatregallery is open an hour before performances and by appointment by calling (575) 523-1223.

 

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