NMSU Theatre: Onstage Audience Watches Family Disintegrate

By Sante Guajardo

Staff Writer

NMSU’s Theatre Arts Program’s season has begun in earnest with the first three of 10 planned performances of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, written by Paul Zindel and first performed in 1964, illustrates the lives of girls living under the tyranny of their drug-addicted mother.

The play premiered Off Broadway in 1970, which won Zindel, a science teacher before being able to move into writing full-time, the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

After Off Broadway, the play was turned into a film directed by Paul Newman and starring Eli Wallach and Joanne Woodward.  Woodward won the Best Actress Award for her role as the mother at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

The director of NMSU’s production, Josh Chenard, has done an excellent job portraying the beauty of this piece.  By putting the audience on the stage, he has made the theatre-going experience even more intimate, making you feel as though perhaps you are a member of this crumbling family.  It’s an unorthodox but highly effective move.

The play features Tiffany Tyson, Parigrynne Cox, Miranda Kay Elizabeth, and Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca, who portray this family with passion and poise.

I highly recommend seeing this play.  The remaining performances will be on October 2-4 and 8-11.

For more information about upcoming shows, visit: http://www.nmsutheatre.com/

Author: nmsuroundup

The student voice of New Mexico State University since 1907.

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