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Year in pictures: Deanna Dent

December 29, 2016

One of ASU Now's photographers shares striking visuals from 2016

There is a lot of beauty to be found covering one of the largest and most innovative universities in the nation, and the end of the year brings an opportunity for us at ASU Now to reflect on the stories, videos and images we've produced both as a team and individually for Arizona State University.

My main role is to create visuals. Here are some of my favorites of 2016:

I also produce videos, and this one really stood out. It was an opportunity for the university's Native students to break stereotypes:

Deanna Dent

Photographer , ASU Now


Guillermo Reyes

January 1, 2017

"Hit Music," a play written and directed by School of Film, Dance and Theatre professor Guillermo Reyes, will be presented at the Nelson Fine Arts Center 131 as a free workshop Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. The play, which was sponsored by a seed grant from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was first featured at Theater Works in Peoria in May 2016 under the invitation of the late Dan Schay, as part of the theater's new play development process.

The second presentation, at ASU, continues the development of the new play with a rewritten script and new songs and music. "Hit Music" narrates the story of a blended Italian-Latino family of singers in 1990s L.A. The "battle of wills" between Rudy Benedetti, the stubborn Italian-born father, and his two L.A.-bred sons culminates in a battle of musical styles. The play is both a comedic and poignant story about the passing of a generation and the coming into being of a new one. Download Full Image

"That's really the story of my life," Reyes says, "Though I certainly don't sing and my father was never Italian, but that's where the element of fable and invention comes in. Nonetheless, it mirrors certain aspects of my Chilean-American immigrant background."

The play includes the performances of ASU music and theatre alumni, ASU faculty and local actors.