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March 2006

Release Date: March 23, 2006

Touching ‘Proposals’ to Take Stage

A dysfunctional family gets a chance at redemption when Angelo State University presents Neil Simon’s touching comedy “Proposals” beginning Thursday, March 23.

The play will show at 8 p.m. March 23-25 and March 30-April 1. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 26. All shows will be in the Modular Theater in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.

“Proposals” recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos. That summer in 1953 was one of animated romantic entanglements that overlap on one idyllic afternoon.

Burt Hines, a 55-year-old recovering workaholic convalescing from a second heart attack, eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex-wife, Annie, whom he still loves. His daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to an intense Harvard law student and pines for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer with whom she once had a brief fling.

Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action, is dreading a visit from the husband who deserted her years before. He strolls in with one working eye, one working hand and a guilty conscience. A model with a strikingly dim intellect shows up on Ray's arm, and a young Miami gangster with a gift for malapropisms brings comic joy to the gathering.

“This play contains the deepest human element Simon has added in his scripts,” said Eldra Sanford, who is directing the play. “He slides so seamlessly between comedy and drama that once you realize it’s drama, you’ve slid back into comedy.”

Sanford, the costume designer for ASU productions, is making her ASU directorial debut.

Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $4 for non-ASU students, $3 for ASU students and season subscribers, and free for ASU Activity Card holders. The box office will be open 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information or for reservations, call 942-2000.

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