Colorado State University - Pueblo presents first theatre performance in nearly 10 years

Colorado State University - Pueblo presents first theatre performance in nearly 10 years

PUEBLO – For the first time in nearly 10 years, Colorado State University-Pueblo will return to theatre production, presenting Tom Stoppard’s two-time, Tony Award-winning comedy The Real Thing, April 26-27 in Hoag Recital. Sponsored by the College of Humanities & Social Science (CHASS) with the support of The Anthony T. and Theresa H. Capps-Capozzolo Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the production provides a practicum for students in the University’s “Play Production in Theatre” class (Class Number), part of a revival of University-produced theatre after more than a decade-long hiatus.

The Real Thing will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, in Hoag Recital Hall. A reception will follow the show on Friday. 
Directed by Dorothy Heedt of the CSU-Pueblo English program and set in the 1980s, The Real Thing focuses on the relationship of Henry (played by Jason Lythgoe), a successful London playwright, and his lover, Annie (played by Cynthia Pohlson), a successful actress. The production features actors (including three CSU-Pueblo students – Matthew Plimpton, freshman from Centennial, Alexandra Weaver, freshman from Monte Vista, and Nick Isenhart, senior from Rye, and designers from the Pueblo/Colorado Springs region.

Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times that The Real Thing "is not only Mr. Stoppard's most moving play, but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years." The seven-person cast explores themes of love, lust, marriage, betrayal, trust, identity, writing and art (popular v. high), as well as elements of the “play within a play.” The Real Thing is a rare piece of realism from Stoppard, who has won three other Tony Awards (e.g., Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) and an Oscar (Shakespeare in Love).

Tickets are available at the door: $8 general, $5 student/staff/senior/military. More information on the performance may be found at

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