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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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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