Arts at ASU 2013–14 Season
May 22, 2013
Subscriptions are now available for Angelo State University’s 2013–14 Arts at ASU season that will include six theatre productions and 10 music concerts and recitals by various ASU bands and choirs.
Subscriptions cost $30 per person and allow admission to all Arts at ASU events. Subscribers also have the option of reserving seats two days before the general public. Dinner theatre events are an additional $15 per person to cover the cost of the meal, and subscribers are offered the option of skipping the meal and the extra $15 payment.
Theatre performances will include comedies, a musical and dramas, beginning with the summer dinner theatre production “What I Did Last Summer” June 27–30 and July 4–6 in the ASU Modular Theatre. A second summer dinner theatre, “The Fox on the Fairway,” will be presented Aug. 1–4 and 8–10 in the Modular Theatre, which is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.
“What I Did Last Summer” is the coming-of-age memory of playwright A.R. Gurney, set on the Lake Erie shore in the summer of 1945. Fourteen-year-old Charlie finds himself torn between a bohemian mentor and her “radical” ideas about finding his artistic talent and the demands of his traditionalist mother who needs him to be the “man in the house” in the absence of his father, away in World War II. The clash of philosophies in this gently humorous drama raises as many questions as it answers.
“The Fox on the Fairway” is a tribute by playwright Ken Ludwig to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, the hilarious comedy set at a country club is about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with…golf.
The first theatre production of the fall semester will be James Goldman’s historical drama, “The Lion in Winter,” which will run Oct. 11–13 and 18–19 in the University Auditorium. The play about King Henry II of England and his wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, examines marital discord and family conflicts with humor and pathos—even as the consequences are the fate of a kingdom. The University Auditorium is located in the Mayer Administration Building, 2602 W. Ave. N.
Arts at ASU’s traditional Holiday Dinner Theatre will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on Nov. 21–24 and Dec. 5–7 in the Modular Theatre. In the adaption by Joe Landry of the classic Frank Capra movie, an ensemble cast will portray a few dozen characters staging a live 1940s radio broadcast, capturing the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
During the 2014 spring semester, the comedy satire of musical theatre “Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” will run Feb. 14–16 and 21–22 in the University Auditorium. The characters tell the story of June, an ingénue who cannot pay the rent, through five distinctive musical theatre styles from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sondheim to Jerry Herman and a Kander and Ebb version set in a Chicago speakeasy.
The 2013–14 season will conclude with “The House of Bernarda Alba,” a modern Spanish tragedy, on April 24–27 and May 1–3 in the Modular Theatre. Widowed matriarch Bernarda, obsessed with family honor, tells her five daughters they will enter a traditional eight-year period of cloistered mourning. Though desiring love, the daughters submit, except for one, who manages a secret tryst with a suitor betrothed to the eldest daughter. Discovery results in a tragic climax unrelenting in its severity and terror.
Musical events include concerts and recitals, and are scheduled during both the fall and spring semesters. More details will be available after classes begin in August and January. The schedule will also be available online at www.angelo.edu/dept/arts/music/events.php.
For more information or to subscribe, contact the Arts at ASU program at 325-942-2146 or artsASU@angelo.edu.