"Pterodactyls"

An edgy and dark contemporary comedy comes to the stage at Lone Star College-Kingwood with the Drama Department's production of Pterodactyls, playwright Nicky Silver's exploration of love and dysfunction.

Todd (Jesse Anholt) left home five years ago; now he has returned after a life of determined risk. His sister, Emma (Sarah Tidmore), who has memory problems, denies that she ever had a brother. His frivolous mother, (Sarah J. Hardin) refuses to acknowledge her illness and retreats into meaningless chatter. Meanwhile, Dad (Matthew Miller), cherishes the wildly mistaken illusion that his children adore him. Emma has just become engaged to a waiter named Tommy (Matthew Castleberry), but Mom insists that he become their servant and wear a maid's costume!

"Silver's writing is biting, shocking, brilliant, and HYSTERICAL," says LSC-Kingwood's Artistic Director Eric C. Skiles.  "We are so fortunate to have the academic and artistic freedom to produce such a play on our campus.  Every actor in this production has leapt into their roles and the outcome is going to be amazing.  If you are a fan of modern writing, this is a production that you won't want to miss."

Directed by Eric C. Skiles, Pterodactyls opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Additional performances run at 7:30 p.m. on April 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on April 18 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Performances are in the SFA Performing Arts Theatre.

Though critically acclaimed as a brilliant piece of comic writing, the play is disturbing and not suitable for young audience members.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors (55+) and $5 for students. All tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 281-312-1532.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With over 50,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas.