Angelo State University will host performances on Monday, May 16, of three West Texas high school plays that have qualified for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) One-Act Play State Meet.

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The performances will take place in the University Theatre in the ASU Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Avenue N. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free to the public, though donations will be accepted.

At 6 p.m., Hermleigh High School will present “The Boys Next Door,” directed by Kelly Richardson. Cross Plains High School will present “Crimes of the Heart,” directed by Matt Sowell, at approximately 6:50 p.m. Christoval High School will present scenes from “Sweet Nothing in My Ear,” directed by ASU alumnus Travis Morganstean, at approximately 7:40 p.m.

Written by Tom Griffin, “The Boys Next Door” was first produced as a full-length play off Broadway in 1988. The play is set in the Boston area and deals with four men with various mental disabilities who live in a group home, providing humorous and insightful commentary on their lives through brief vignettes.

“Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in Hazlehurst, Miss., the play is a tragicomedy about the dysfunctional family history of three sisters who reunite after one has shot her abusive husband.

“Sweet Nothing in My Ear” is simultaneously performed in spoken language and American Sign Language. It was written by Stephen Sachs and won the 1997 California Governor’s Media Access Award for Theatre. Focused on a couple, one hearing and one deaf, the story also was made into a 2008 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

The high school performances are being sponsored by ASU’s University Theatre program and chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega (APO) theatre honor society.