"American Mix" opens March 8

(02-28-2011)

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Comedic actors prepare for opening night.

Contemporary and classic plays of love and laughter -- labor and strife, set in New York City, make up the "American Mix" night of theatre on the Adams State College Xperimental Stage. Three short comedies by David Lindsay-Abaire, Pultizer Prize winning playwright, open the evening's entertainment. Jacob Sorling, Adams State senior and Alamosa High School graduate, directs the comedies. He describes the plays as “ingenious domestic comedy, much like sitcoms.” He enjoyed directing the actors and collaborating with them for best ideas. "Comedy allows for more range than drama."

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"Waiting for Lefty" production will conclude the "American Mix" evening of theatre.

"Strike, Strike, Strike" shouted the audience when the one-act play "Waiting for Lefty" premiered in New York in 1935, the standing ovation lasted 45 minutes. Playwright, Clifford Odets, championed the working class inspiring an emotional response from his audience. The drama, directed by Kenneth Babcock, Adams State senior, completes the "American Mix".

The play's relevance could invoke an equally passionate response with today's audiences, with recent news headlines, regarding Wisconsin and Illinois state workers. Babcock said he chose the play last year, it appealed to him because he "grew up really poor" and empathizes with the characters. "New York taxi cab drivers are overcoming corrupt union leaders and striking against unfair company labor practices."

"American Mix" opens at 8 p.m. Monday, March 7 on the Adams State College Xperimental Theatre and continues nightly through March 11. "People prefer to see comedies over drama so we thought the two together would make the night more interesting to all audiences," Sorling said. Tickets are now on sale, call 719-587-TIXX for reservations.

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