ASU Holiday Dinner Theatre
University Theatre at Angelo State University will present Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” for its 2018 Holiday Dinner Theatre, beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, in the ASU Modular Theatre.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8, with dinner served at 6:45 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, with lunch served at 12:45 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for non-ASU students and Arts at ASU subscribers, and $12.50 for ASU students and ASU Activity Card holders. The ASU Modular Theatre is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts (EFA) Building, 2602 Dena Drive.
Directed by Daniel Anderson, instructor of theatre, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the first part of Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower-middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character.
Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: his formidable mother, overworked father and worldly older brother, Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters, and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states, “If you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.
” The ASU student cast includes Sam Cole, Stephanie Davis, Dakota Jones, Cheyenne Mickler, Jordan Parks, Corbin Stevens and Sidney Timmer. The student production staff and crew include Sam Brown, assistant director; Cassie Peña, stage manager; Erika Cazares, assistant stage manager; Stefanie Cortez, master electrician; Chase Phelps, light board operator; Kyle Newman, sound designer; Maddelyn Rudd, sound board operator; Audrey McKillip, dramaturg; Antonio De La Cruz, wardrobe supervisor; Kelli McLaurin, costume designer; Sonja Gonzales and Chloe Choate, dressers; Erica Green, wigs/hair supervisor; Grace Luttrell, property designer/props master; Christian Clark, props assistant; Logan Burgess, deck chief/master control; Alex Bilbrey, stagehand; Kameron Dennis, maître d’; and Rachel Valenzuela, house manager.
The scenic designer is Mike Burnett, assistant director of University Theatre. The technical director and lighting designer is Derek Salazar, ASU’s resident scenic and lighting designer. Chasity Neutze is ASU’s resident costumer and costume designer.
Tickets are on sale now at the ASU box office in the EFA Building. The box office is open 2-6 p.m. weekdays and will be open on Saturdays, Dec. 1 & 8, from 3-5 p.m. For reservations and/or ticket information, call 325-942-2000.