MIAMI – The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Theatre Experience opened its inaugural season Thursday with “The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon with remaining shows Oct. 13 - 15 in Commons Hall Auditorium on the NEO Campus. Tickets may be purchased at the door and will be $10 for adults and $5 for 18 and under. NEO students, staff, and faculty receive free admission. Friday’s performances will take place at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday’s performances will take place at 2 p.m. The box office will open thirty minutes before show time.

Co-directed by Phillip Shamblin and Aaron Smith, “The Good Doctor” is a comedy by Neil Simon based on the works of Russian Writer Anton Chekhov. The audience will relive the tales of Chekhov through the eyes of an author suffering a severe case of writers block. Laugh along as an entrepreneurial man drowns himself to make money, a government clerk sneezes on a general, and an overenthusiastic dentist begins to frighten his patients. Due to some suggestive content, the play is considered PG-13.

“The play consists of ten short stories narrated by an unknown writer. Each story is full of awkward satire and clever wisecracks. There is always a lesson to be learned, although at times the lesson is unclear,” said Shamblin “Even though this play can be performed by as little as five actors; we chose to go with an extended cast to create opportunity for the large number of students who came to auditions. Many of the cast members are new to the stage, which has made this experience not only challenging, but also extremely rewarding.”

“The script is hilarious, and the actors deliver it with superb comedic energy and timing,” said Smith. “The NEO Theatre Experience is a wonderful opportunity for students and a fantastic resource for the community. Join us in the beautiful Commons Hall Theater, enjoy the escape, and support these students and their art.”

The NEO Theatre Experience is a new initiative on the NEO Campus, led by Directors Shamblin and Smith. Under the initiative, NEO students will have the opportunity to perform in plays and musicals at NEO.

“We wanted to make sure that the students who show an interest in theater have the opportunity to perform while at NEO, especially for the students in our Music Theatre Program Option,” said Dr. Bethene Fahnestock, vice president for academic affairs. “Both Aaron and Phillip are extremely talented and enthusiastic directors, so we are excited for the work that they will produce with the students.”

For more information about the NEO Theatre Experience, visit www.facebook.com/theatreexperience.