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Play readings this weekend

Playwrights Corral, Benne in residence at NMSU


New Mexico State University’s theatre arts department is welcoming playwrights Maiya Corral and Benjamin Benne, who will develop new works at the university and work with students of the program.

Their new plays will be included in a festival of readings that are part of the High Desert Play Development Workshop this week.

The readings, free to the public with a suggested donation of $5, will include “La Manda” by Corral; “Untitled anthropocene play” by Benne; part of “The Golden Door,” a new musical by Lisa Hermanson; and excerpts from plays by James Fritz Jerome, Mireya Sanchez-Maes and NMSU students Vida Vee Montoya, Austin Reeves and Rissa Wooldridge. Directing the readings are members of NMSU’s faculty as well as students.

The readings all take place at the university Center for the Arts, 100 E. University Avenue. According to a news release, parking on campus near the theatre is free during show times, and food trucks will be staged near the building for meals between performances.

On Friday, excerpts and monologues by students and local writers will be presented at 5:30 p.m., followed by “La Manda” at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the first act of “The Golden Door” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. with student-written monologues, with “Untitled anthropecene play” at 7:30 p.m.

More information is available online at Theatre.NMSU.edu.

Maiya Corral, Benjamin Benne, NMSU Theatre