Jan 27-Feb 12, 2017
A dotty heroine named Dotty tells us the story of her life in "Out of Sterno," a play that is almost impossible not to like, combining qualities of a fairy tale and tall tale with those of a wacky comic strip adventure. Out of Sterno is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town. [ ... more ]
Jan 29-Jan 29, 2017
TJ is an award winning songwriter that has written for television and movie. He has written with multiple top ten hit makers. He has multiple solo CDs, Melodic Groove, Abilene and Fragmented Soul: Volume 1, respectively. TJ also has a CD which is a shared effort with fellow songwriter, Jasey Schnaars, titled TJC-One. His newest solo release, titled
TJ’s influences are a fusion of Pop, R&B, Folk and Blue-Eyed Soul to create what he calls Melodic Groove. He performs nationally and is taking his brand of Melodic Groove to an unlimited audience. TJ recently performed for the nationally distributed ‘Songs at the Center’ on PBS and also effectively delivered a Tedx which weaved music and a personal story that connected with folks universally.
TJ has shared the stage with award winning songwriter and international touring artist, Jesse Terry and opened for artists such as Maxwell Hughes of The Lumineers and national touring artist Joe Crookston.
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Feb 25-Feb 26, 2017
Mesilla Valley Dance Collective is bringing a creative and original reimagining of Pandora's Box to the Black Box Theater on February 25th and 26th, 2017. The Las Cruces-based dance company has refashioned the classic narrative to explore the loss of a loved one and the ensuing stages of grief. In the show, Pandora releases all manner of emotions ranging from anger and reflection, to hope and acceptance which are explored through original choreography featuring jazz, ballet, and modern dance as well as an original script. [ ... more ]
Mar 17-Apr 02, 2017
The play itself is a flying carpet, gliding us aloft into a land of mystery, splendor and ritual. A nation of birds is in crisis, and urged on by one of their flock, the Hoopoe, they chart a path to find their king." -Times of London. There are moments of farce and despair as they attempt to cross the seven valleys with their disturbing riddles. Some die, some drop out, while others continue their quest. At last, the survivors come into the presence of the Great One where the secret is discovered-that they, themselves are the embodiment of the
divine. [ ... more ]
May 12-May 28, 2017
A zany new comedy described by Downs, author of the two previous NSTC hits, Cockeyed and Mad Gravity) as "the first new Chekhov play in a hundred years!" The comedy follows the adventures of Boris and Stan, two Hollywood screenwriters who have been hired by Disney to adapt Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard into a new movie for Mel Gibson. You will certainly recognize many iconic Chekhovian characters as they pursue love, longing, life and loss at the Dantchenko Colony for Artists and Creative Inquiry, Moscow, Idaho! [ ... more ]
Jun 23-Jul 08, 2017
"Baggage" follows two annoying thirty-somethings who accidentally take each other's bags at JFK airport, then - for reasons known only to the playwright - decide to start dating. The title has more than one meaning, referring not only to a mix-up of luggage at the airport, but also the emotional impediments we tend to carry through life. Audiences get bad dates, break-ups, reconciliation - even a shrink peddling his books to them - and the crowd. There's kung pao chicken and the fortune "Stay away from chocolate." [ ... more ]