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New Mexico State theater department to present "Of Mice and Men"

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) will present John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" Feb. 13-22 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.

e and Men" is set in California during the late 1930s and focuses on the friendship of George Milton and his simple-minded friend Lennie Small. The two men struggle against hardships and broken dreams while trying to make enough money to "live off the fat of the land." However, Lennie can't seem to keep out of trouble and they soon realize that even the best laid plans can go tragically wrong.

"The play is about loneliness and companionship," said Mike Wise, director and artistic director for the NMSU theater department. "It's about the realization that no matter how well we plan, or how worthy our plans are, we still may not achieve them."

The cast includes NMSU theater students Gabe Morrison as George Milton, Richard McLean as Lennie Small and Emily Farrell as Curly's wife.

Scenic and lighting design is by resident designer Jim Billings and costume design by Tom Smith, NMSU theater assistant professor.

Sound design is by Eric Arrambide; Morgan Aldrich is the stage manager and Brenda Walker is the assistant director. All three are NMSU theater students.

This production will include a low-cost school matinee for Las Cruces public schools.

"It is part of our dedication to outreach and to giving back to the community," Wise said.

Tickets for "Of Mice and Men" are $8 to $13, depending on performance time and date. For times and reservations call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515.