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El Paso Playhouse celebrates 50 years of drama

El Paso Playhouse celebrates 50 years of drama
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Friday, July 5, 2013 - 4:07pm

It's El Paso's longest running theater, the El Paso Playhouse.  After 50 years, volunteers say it's held together with tape and a passion for performing.

The preparations start months ahead of time and culminate in opening night

"Just the dedication of all of the volunteers and their continuous support and the ongoing support of the community has just pushed the theater forward and look at where we are now," said El Paso Playhouse Public Affairs Chair, Alexander Wright.

Friday's debut of "All My Sons" kicks off the 50th season of the El Paso Playhouse.

"Love, duct tape and sweat have kept this place together,' Wright said.

It's a community theater that, along with the actors, has seen its share of comedies and tragedies.

"Before I left, this theater was funded like crazy," said Playhouse veteran Kevin P. Mullin.  "it was very very much supported by the community".

Mullin remembers the theater in mid 1960's.

"I mean I was playing wonderful roles like second bell boy and the dead guy in the back," he joked.

When he got to the theater, he finally felt like he belonged.

"I know a lot of people who came here and suddenly thought i have a place to be"

"It gives people a chance to get out of whatever their lives are and become somebody else," said Playhouse volunteer Michael Bernstein.

"All My Sons" performances cost $10.  The El Paso Playhouse is at 2501 Montana.  Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

 

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