A young man enters the woods looking for the ever-elusive jack-a-lope and enters a world of fantastical adventure in the original Adams State University Theatre Department production “When Thunder Comes.”

Written and directed by senior theatre major Joaquin Rodriguez, “When Thunder Comes,” includes supernatural beings, humor, suspense, and heart-wrenching moments. “Not everything in life can be explained, sometimes you just have to believe magical things happen in the world.”

The cast of characters includes three humans and three supernatural characters with along a five-member ensemble who help breathe life into the production. “We have all worked together to bring forth the story,” Rodriguez added. “It has been a fun collaboration with cast, crew, and designers.”

The set, lighting, and sound design add an additional dimension to the play. “Dance, cool stage lighting, and costumes make for a fun spectacle of action on stage,” Rodriguez says.

A graduate of the Santa Fe, NM, Academy for Technology and the Classics, Rodriguez is very pleased with his decision to attend Adams State. “I have had so many opportunities, including acting in ten shows; stage managing three productions; and several technical positions throughout my four years as a theatre major.”

“When Thunder Comes” is approximately an hour in length with no intermission. The one-act opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, and continues nightly through Saturday, March 11. General admissions tickets are $13 and free for Adams State Associated Students and Faculty. Tickets can be purchased online at Theatre Department; or in-person at the Theatre Box Office between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 719-587-8499.