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By Beth Henley

Directed by Nikka Ziemer

Dedicated to the memory of Dale Pawley


No Strings Theatre Company presents "Impossible Marriage" by Beth Henley and directed by Nikka Ziemer. "Impossible Marriage" opens Friday, January 30 and runs through Sunday, February 15 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The play is a delightful and entertaining comedy about the difficulties involved in love and marriage.


Just in case marriage is not sufficiently challenging, add a generational age span, an asexual partner, a love which crosses religious boundaries and life which invades and destroys southern proprieties and you have IMPOSSIBLE situations.  Welcome to real life in all its complexities, realities, tragedies and hopefulness.  Just don't expect to be undisturbed in life's socially accepted rut!  While the playwright Beth Henley, has taken tragedy and imbued it with comedy in Crimes of the Heart, she has written a mirror image in Impossible Marriage.  The challenge for us as actors and director is to find life's truth in its peculiarities. 


The entire action of the play takes place in Kandall Kingsley's beautiful and mysterious garden. Kandall's youngest daughter, Pandora, is to be wed to Edvard Lunt, a worldly artist twice her age. Kandall does not think the match to be at all suitable. Flora, Pandora's older sister, who is expecting a child at any moment, plots to break off the marriage. Unexpectedly, Sidney Lunt, the groom's son, arrives with a note from his mother in which she vows to throw herself from an attic window if the marriage goes forward. Even Reverend Lawrence who has come to wed the couple has secret hopes and desperate desires. Throughout this wildly funny and moving play the characters struggle heroically with the impossibility of finding an allegiance between their civilized duties and primitive desires.


Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays, February 8 and February 15 at 2:30 p.m. and a Thursday performance on February 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 regular admission, $10.00 students and seniors over 65 and all seats on Thursday are $8.00. Call (575) 523-1223 for reservations and information.


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"








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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