Angelo State Theatre Presents Epic Satirical Drama
University Theatre at Angelo State University will present the satirical drama, “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” for its first fall 2019 production, beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, in the ASU Auditorium.
The production will run for one weekend only, Oct. 10-13, with show times at 8 p.m. Oct. 10-12 and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Oct. 13. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for non-ASU students and ASU Activity Card holders, and free for ASU students and Arts at ASU subscribers. The ASU Auditorium is located in the Mayer Administration Building at 2601 W. Avenue N.
Written by German author Bertolt Brecht, the play has been performed on Broadway with Christopher Plummer in the lead role, as well as off Broadway.
Written in 1941, the play chronicles the rise of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster. It also provides a shudderingly accurate parallel between Adolf Hitler and his henchmen on one hand, and the old crime lords of Chicago on the other. The Cauliflower Trust in Chicago is in need of help and turns to Arturo Ui to begin a “protection” campaign. Ui’s henchmen look astonishingly like Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goring. Their activities include “accidental” fires and a St. Valentine’s Day massacre.
Under the direction of Daniel Anderson, instructor of theatre, the extensive ASU student cast includes Nathaniel Brown, Hunter McMillian, E.J. Mendoza, Vero Villalobos, Robert Flores, Alex Bilbrey, Jennie Wagner, Jordan Parks, Corbin Stevens, Chloe Choate, Clinton Moore, Katie Coldiron, Sidney Timmer, Erica Green, Sam Foster, Anthony Galindo, Chelsea Chappell and Rodrigo Lara.
The student production staff and crew include Tim McKee, assistant director/dramaturg, Grace Luttrell, stage manager; Kat Springer, assistant stage manager; Alysa Spence, scenic designer; and Kelli McLaurin, assistant costume designer/ wardrobe supervisor; Hayley McDowell, lighting designer; Kyle Newman, sound designer; Chase Phelps, design assistant; Rachel Hill, props master; Kat Jones, props master/wardrobe dresser; Jessica Cohen, props assistant/running crew; Jason Sanchez, master electrician; Liz Netherton, light operator; Jovanna Tiet, spot operator; Angie Calfa, video operator; Stefani Garcia, deck chief; and Alejandro Vasquez, stagehand.
Mike Burnett, assistant director of University Theatre, is the costume, hair, make-up and projection designer.
Tickets can be reserved by Arts at ASU subscribers beginning Monday, Sept. 30, at the ASU box office in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive. Ticket sales open for the general public on Oct. 2. The box office is open 2-6 p.m. weekdays.