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Reserve Your Seat for 'Seven Sassy Shorts'

The rehearsals are in the works, the set is being constructed and the curtains are almost ready to be drawn for this year's CNM Theater Department spring production.

Sep 07, 2016

March 2011

Boxers or Briefs Seven Sassy Shorts
The rehearsals are in the works, the set is being constructed and the curtains are almost ready to be drawn for this year's CNM Theater Department spring production.

"Boxers or Briefs? Seven Sassy Shorts" opens March 10 at the Vortex Theater located at 2004 ½ Central Ave. SE, just north of Main Campus.

The production features a cast of 17 CNM student actors in seven 10-minute plays that tackle the hard questions of love, life and the pursuit of happiness. All but one of the shorts are comedic plays that come from a Theater of Louisville collection. Plays range from a wild west shootout to a shocking yard sale in the year 2021.

Directors and theater instructors Susan Ericson and Joe Damour handpicked this year's cast from a group of outstanding theater students.

"Ten-minute plays are easy on casting because students are so busy," Damour said.

The production has come together relatively quickly, said Damour, as he and Erickson have only been planning it since December.

"I'm always amazed," Damour said of the student talent. "We always come up with some pretty good people."

He said that putting on a production is important for students because it provides a different set of challenges and real-world experience.

"In class we get to work on more particular problems. In a production, you have to have a product that the audience can enjoy," Damour said. "(Students) have to have the discipline of coming to rehearsals. They get to see theater from the inside, many of them for the first time."

This is the sixth production the Theater Department has put on in collaboration with the Vortex Theater.

"It's been a valuable alliance for the last three or four years," Damour said. "It's helped them and it's helped us."

Shows will take place nightly Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., and there will be one matinee performance on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.

Tickets to this spring's production are $8 and can be purchased through the Vortex Theater. They can be reached by phone at (505) 247-8600 and you can also reserve tickets through their website, http://vortexabq.org/.

Damour said the spring production has sold out shows every year, so it's best to purchase tickets in advance.