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Modern Comedy-Dramas, Classic Musical Part of the 2008-2009 Theatre Season at Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - August 19, 2009


Laughs around the afterlife. Sci-fi parody. The smiles and tears of motherhood. Fun for the kids. Musical favorite. Humorous family secrets.

These are brief descriptions of the six theatre productions coming up at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, as part of the 2009-2010 season from the department of communications and theatre arts. Some productions may not be suitable for all ages.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
September 30, October 1, 7 at 7:30 p.m., October 8 and 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Little Theatre, $3 Admission
A woman answering a cell phone in a café puts herself on a bizarre, funny path of discovery. At the end, she ends up thinking about life, death and technology in a whole new way. The play is a possible entry into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, written by a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant.

Hot Jedi Sisters Want the Force with You
Annual Melodrama Fundraiser
October 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., October 30-31 at midnight
Little Theatre, $5 Admission
Things are always at their wildest with the annual melodrama, featuring a sensationalized plot, big acting and lots of laughs written for a mature audience. This year, the characters from a galaxy far, far away becomes the subject of a crazy night of entertainment.

Mama Drama by Leslie Ayvazian, Christine Farrell, Donna Daley, Rita Nachtmann and Ann Sachs; music by Margaret Roche, Suzzy Roche and Terre Roche
November 11-12, 18 at 7:30 p.m., November 15 and 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Lab Theatre, $3 Admission
Five female friends each face a different side of motherhood in this comic drama. Living up to the memory of Mom, infertility, adoption and childbirth are some of the dilemmas the women face, never losing their senses of humor.

The Great Cross-Country Race adapted by Alan Broadhurst
February 7 at 7 p.m.
Jones Auditorium, $1 Admission
(Elementary school performances February 8-12; Feb. 8-10 at 9 a.m. for area             schools, Feb. 11-12 at 9:30 a.m. for out of town schools)
The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare comes to the theatre stage. Find out if slow and steady wins the race among a cast of animal characters with memorable dialogue and moments written by author Alan Broadhurst. This production for all ages has just one public performance and a week of private performances for elementary schools in and out of the area.

Book by John Michael Tebelak, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew
March 24-25, 31, April 1 at 7:30 p.m., March 28 and April 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Little Theatre, $5 Admission
The parables of Jesus Christ come to life through this beloved musical, featuring the international hit “Day by Day.” A message of kindness, tolerance and love is told through a host of theatrical traditions—clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics, vaudeville and more.

Daughters by John Morgan Evans
April 14-15, 21 at 7:30 p.m., April 18 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Lab Theatre, $3 Admission
Four generations of Italian-American women deal with the dying of the family patriarch. Humor and passion intersect as family secrets and long-held grudges come out into the open in this funny, touching play.

For questions about the 2009-2010 theatre season at Texas A&M-Kingsville or for more information, call 361-593-3401.

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