2020-2021 Performance Season

Dear Audience Members:

As you are aware, our world is in flux, but your creative team at the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts and The American Southwest Theatre Company have been busy finding performance options for you to enjoy. We know everyone’s experiences over the past months have been different, but if you’re anything like us, you’re probably missing the theatre and the sense of community that it brings. By creating online and outdoor options, with potential plans for socially-distanced performances back in our theatre in the Spring, our hope is that we can all stay connected, while keeping each other safe. It also gives us and our students the exciting opportunity to respond to the moment we’re living in, and to experience innovative forms that theatre can take.

As of now, here is our plan:

  • Performance 1: Letters to the Future, directed by Wil Kilroy with the projected availability for viewing from 9/23-10/31. This will be an original, devised piece where the actors and other contributors share researched elements along with their personal experiences from this current time with an eye towards the future. Groups will be filmed honoring social distance practices, resulting in a wonderful montage of thoughts on our world today. 
  • Performance 2:  The Land Where We Stand, directed by Larissa Lury, with the projected availability being 11/4 – 7. This will be an original, devised piece, centered around various aspects of New Mexico State University and the land it stands on—what has taken place here, is now and what might come to be. The idea is to create a site-specific performance, with our socially-distanced audience traveling outdoors on the campus for viewings.
  • Performance 3: Tracer, directed by Nichole Hamilton, with a preview projected for 11/11 with live on-line performances running until 11/18. The finalist of our High Desert Playwriting Workshop, Hannah Benitez, will create an original play especially crafted for our students. This will be digital theatre, available for you live on-line, including an invitation to engage directly with the actors to solve the mystery.
  • Performance 4: Holiday Cabaret! Directing by Lisa Hermanson and Christa Fredrickson with a projected release date of 12/2 and playing through 12/6. This will be a virtual presentation including holiday songs and stories.
  • Spring Performances: For Spring we will present our annual favorite, Broadway Onstage, followed by our planned production from last Spring, The Tempest. Our hope is that we may be able to present these in the theatre if current policy allows, and if not, we will creatively bring these to you in a virtual format. 

We would like to offer you season tickets which will provide you with access to all of our production work that will be streaming on-line and general admission for in-person events when available. The cost will be $50 which gives you access to 6 productions rather than the usual 4-5, and for the first time will include our ever-popular Broadway Onstage show! We must have your email to provide you with the links to access several of our shows so please contact Yoli Bacon in our department office: ybacon@nmsu.edu  575-646-5122, to purchase your tickets via a check, and purchasing via our website will be available via credit card. Individual show passes are available for $10 each, but does not include Broadway Onstage. (Retirees will continue to receive one pass each to view our productions.)

We invite you to join our Center Stage Society!  With a donation of $500 or more you will receive passes for two to all of this season’s events, and receive an American Southwest Theatre Company proud supporter license plate along with an ASTC mask!

ASTC Giving Levels

Center Stage Society Donation Levels:

While we are having to be flexible with our production season, please know that we will do our very best to provide you with theatrical experiences from our program. We hope you will consider both a season subscription and becoming a donor – our students, faculty, and staff appreciate your support. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

With Best Regards,

Wil Kilroy and the faculty, staff, and students of NMSU and ASTC

PerformanceShow DatesMain Show TimesMatinee Show TimesTicket Details
Letters to the Future9/23 thru 10/31n/an/a1
The Land Where We Stand11/4 thru 11/77pmn/a2
Tracer11/11 thru 11/187pmn/a3
Holiday Cabaret!12/2 thru 12/67pmn/a3
Broadway Onstage2/25 thru 2/282/26 7pm
2/27 7pm
2/25 5:30pm
2/28 2pm
4
The Tempest4/29 thru 5/1
5/7 thru 5/9
7pm
(all dates except 4/29 and 5/9)
4/29 5:30pm
5/9 2pm
4

1: Ticket holders will receive an email containing a link and a password to the show. Attendees my view at any date/time within the show run.

2: Due to current COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, audience members are currently limited to the NMSU campus community (faculty, staff, and students). Should this change to allow outside community members to attend events, your ticket will allow you to attend in person. If not, you will be invited to the virtual screening/stream (estimated January 2021).

3: Ticket holders will receive an email containing a link to a specific streaming event that is only valid for the specified date/time.

4: Due to current COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, audience members are currently limited to the NMSU campus community (faculty, staff, and students). Should this change to allow outside community members to attend events, your ticket will allow you to attend in person.