Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

SAN ANGELO – University Theatre at Angelo State University will present Tennessee Williams’ Tony Award-nominated historical drama “Not About Nightingales” beginning Friday, Oct. 13, in the ASU Auditorium.   

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and 20-21, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for non-ASU students, and free for ASU students, Arts at ASU subscribers and ASU Activity Card holders. The ASU Auditorium is located in the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Ave. N.   

Written by Williams in the late 1930s, “Not About Nightingales” was not discovered until the late 1990s, making its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston in 1998. It was then nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play.   

“Not About Nightingales” is a raw, sprawling dramatization of real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937. Convicts who led a hunger strike to protest conditions were locked in a scalding cell, where four of them died. Williams gained inspiration for the play after reading newspaper accounts of the inmates who suffocated in the steamy cell. There is also a soft love story with the characters Eva, the new secretary at the prison, and Jim, a handsome inmate who works for the warden and is trying to get out on parole.    

Under the direction of Dr. Bill Doll, director of University Theatre, the expansive student cast includes Clinton Moore, Miquela Hope Coffman, Sidney Timmer, Mitchel Doud, Logan Burgess, James DeSopo, Marco Molina, Eric Joshua Valle, Aaron May, Matthew Jackson, Mason Gable, Solomon Rayburn, Dakota Jones, Chase Phelps, Hunter Wall, Hayden Duckworth, Ryan Huerta, Sam Cole, Antonio De La Cruz and Stephanie Davis.   

The student production staff and crew include Tessa Verner, stage manager; Derek Salazar, technical director; Eli Rodriguez, assistant stage manager and box office manager; Angela Cavada, wardrobe supervisor; Chasity Neutze, resident costumer and costume designer; Aaron May, hair and makeup designer; Cheyenne Mickler, master electrician/light board operator; Arianna Gonzalez, sound designer/sound technician; Julia McDaniel, projectionist; Scott Beggs, properties manager; Hayley McDowell, master carpenter; and Anisa Galvan, house manager.    

The scenic designer is Michael Burnett, associate professor of theatre. Lighting and projections designer is Matthew Smith, resident scenic and lighting designer. Media manager is Marla Daugherty, University Theatre office coordinator. 

Tickets can be reserved by Arts at ASU subscribers beginning Monday, Oct. 2, at the ASU box office in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive. Ticket sales open for the general public on Oct. 4. The box office is open 2-6 p.m. weekdays. For reservations and/or ticket information, call 325-942-2000.

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