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CYPRESS — How we define success varies with circumstances. Perhaps your definition will change after spending the evening laughing at Lone Star College-CyFair‘s “Barbecue Apocalypse” comedy on stage Nov. 14-24.

Matt Lyle’s original comedy begins with three sets of unlikely friends, due to their unique personalities, getting together for a typical suburban barbecue. Unbeknownst to them, the outside world has been simultaneously experiencing a tragedy on a global scale. On the one-year anniversary of the “apocalypse” the couples – a failed writer and wife who questions lifestyle and career choices, yuppy foodies and the overly toxic man and gorgeous girlfriend – return to the same backyard. However, roles have changed and each individual has adapted to their new world … some better than others.

“I think we get caught up in the more superficial aspects of our lives rather than seeing the value of what we have and what we bring to the table,” said director and drama professor Deborah Anderson.  “Hopefully the audience will look at this show in a funny and irreverent way, but figure out there’s an opportunity to look at our lives and see what’s important.”

While Lyle’s comedy has been performed before, it’s something exciting and new in this area and for LSC-CyFair’s performance line up, Anderson said. The characters are all friends from college who are trying to maintain friendships, so it’s relatable. The show is a chance for students to be a part of something fun and have a good time playing characters that are challenging and unusual.

“As director, I like to play around so I’m giving the students an opportunity to experiment and put their own spin on things. The cast is having a great time bringing their own experiences, personalities and style to it.”

This show is recommended for mature audiences only as this production includes adult language and situations as well as gun play.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23 with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 in the Black Box Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts at 9191 Barker Cypress. Tickets are $10 and are available at LoneStar.edu/boxoffice.

Helping more than 22,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the 5th comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just three miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at our satellite campuses: LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

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