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ASTC at NMSU Theatre presents touring production 'Dona Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen'

The American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State Theatre Arts will present a limited engagement of the national tour of "Dona Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen" starring acclaimed actress Ruby Nelda Perez, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.

The one woman show, written by Rodrigo Duarte-Clark, the artistic director and resident playwright of El Teatro de la Esperanza in San Francisco, is a comedy that deals with the topic of cultural pride. When a development project has targeted Hispanic-owned businesses to make way for a tourist shopping mall, Dona Rosita invites the audience to sit and enjoy the "Last Supper" in her barrio of Salsipuedes while she contemplates selling her restaurant/home of 23 years.

"We're honored to bring a play of this caliber to Las Cruces," said Tom Smith, ASTC managing director. "Ruby Nelda Perez is a phenomenal actress in a phenomenal show, and we're thankful our audiences will be able to see this charming and wonderful production!"

Ruby Nelda Perez has been touring professionally throughout the US, Mexico, and Latin America for more than 30 years. She performed "Historias para ser Contadas/Stories to be Told" at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center where she was honored with the Award of Excellence medal.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. Ticket prices are $10-$15 and available by calling the ASTC box office at 646-4515. The 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 performance is a benefit for the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces and includes a post-play reception with Perez; for that performance only, tickets are available at the Chamber offices at 523-2681.

"Dona Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen" is sponsored by the Office of the President of NMSU, the Dean of Arts and Sciences at NMSU, and the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces. The show is designed by the resident company of American Southwest Theatre Company.