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Local theatre group has shows coming up online


Despite an ongoing pandemic that prevents performance art to happen, Blank Conversations Theatre Company is still providing online content to Las Cruces and surrounding communities.

In fact, Blank Conversations has two new productions available to stream in the near future, as well as some other opportunities to tune into online content.

First, Blank Conversations will be premiering “I Want to See You in Person (Our Second Honest Conversation).”

Written by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt, this one-act play finds Cora (played by Eva Cullen) and Daniel (played by Frankie Gomez) meeting over Zoom to figure out how they’re going to move forward after a big decision has been made about their relationship. The production will stream Oct. 27-31.

Single-day tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Week passes, which allow the patron to view the production for the entire week, are $7 for students and $9 for adults.

Blank Conversations will subsequently present a staged and filmed production of “A History of The Devil” by Don Nigro. Maria, as she waits for her doctor to call in regard to her headaches, tells the story about hearing the Devil in her head ever since the discovery of her husband’s mistress, while contemplating her true religious views. The production is directed by and stars Yocelin Torres and will stream Dec. 4-6. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Other planned content from Blank Conversations includes more radio plays on platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music; a revival of “That is The Question!,” which features interviews with workers in the entertainment industry; online workshops and classes about performance art; and, in response to community support, a full cover album titled “Blank Conversations Breakout,” which features songs from “Frozen,” “Les Miserables,” “Spring Awakening” and more, to be released by the end of the year.

All online content can be linked to or found at www.blankconversations.org, including tickets. Performances will be presented through a private YouTube link, so you must have a valid email address to view performances.

Email blankconversationsco@gmail.com to learn about volunteer opportunities. 

Gus Sanchez is a student in the New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Department. He is a founding member of Blank Conversations Theatre Company of Las Cruces, which began in 2019. “’Make Art Happen’” is our slogan,” Sanchez said. “It's our way of recognizing that art is what's true and can be created by and for anyone. Nothing short of it.”