Albuquerque Theatre Guild Announces July 2012 Calendar
The Albuquerque Theatre Guild has announced the following upcoming events:
Thru July 1 | Sunday at 2.
Rio de Lagrimas (River of Tears) - by Soledad Marjón Hindi, scored by Vivian Fernandez. This trilingual (Nahuatl, English, and Spanish) multimedia performance piece by Las Meganenas is based on the legend of La Llorona, the Wailing Woman. The piece begins in Mexico with La Malinche, Hernán Cortés’ estranged lover and the first mother of the Latin American mestizo race, whose despair over their broken relationship and the death of her children transforms her into La Llorona, roaming the Río Grande crying for the lost souls of her mestizo children. Her journey north to the Southwest ends at the United States/Mexico border in Ciudad Juárez, where, as the archetype of a grieving mother, she mourns the mistreatment, disappearance, and death of thousands of maquiladora, or factory workers, along the border. Not suitable for children under the age of 13. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, 724-4771, http://www.nhccnm.org Price: $15.
Thru July 1 | Sunday at 2.
Durang-Durang - by Christopher Durang, directed by Dagmar Garza, Sheila Freed, and Rose Provan. This first production in the “Durang in Shorts” Summer Festival, features six short works by the playwright. Info: The Desert Rose Playhouse, 6921 Montgomery Blvd NE, 881-0503, http://www.desertroseplayhouse.com Price: $12, $10 Students, Seniors, and ABQ Theatre Guild Members.
Thru July 15 | Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2.
Twelfth Night - by William Shakespeare, directed by Brian Hansen. The second of three plays in the annual Will Power! Festival. In one of Shakespeare's golden comedies and an enduring audience favorite, the festive, gently satiric plot revolves around twin siblings separated by a shipwreck. Mistaken identities lead to gender-bending romance, lots of high jinks and practical jokes, and a bevy of vivid comic characters. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $15, $10 on Thursdays; $10 student rush with valid ID.
Thru July 15 | Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2. Wednesday, July 4 at 3.
1776 - music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, directed by Shepard Sobel. This highly entertaining musical based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence focuses on the efforts of the brilliant and witty John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American Independence and to sign the document. It is warm, funny, enlightening and ultimately inspiring to all Americans. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. Info: Landmark Musicals at Rodey Theatre in UNM’s Fine Art Building, 925-5858, www.landmarkmusicals.org Price: $22, $20, $18. $2 discount for Seniors and Students. Additional discount for TLC members.
Thru July 21 | Saturdays at 10:30.
CHE-kspeare! - by Blackout and the Bard. Blackout Theatre Company once again takes part in the Vortex's Shakespeare festival late night improvised Shakespeare. Be amazed as Blackout's team, CHE-speare! creates an all new Shakespearean play in front of your eyes based off of audience suggestions. Complete with mistaken identities, love triangles, and all the Shakespearean insults you could want! Each show is brand new and you never know what can happen. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $6 at the door.
Thru July 28 | Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30.
Virginia Jones and the Curse of Nergal - by David Landau, directed by Eddie Dethlefs and Micah Linford. A mystery spoof of the Hollywood adventure films. The time, 1932. The place, Marlene's Cabaret in Liechtenstein. Wealthy explorer Sir Wallis Burgess is dead, his ashes in an urn he retrieved from the recently discovered tomb of the Mesopotamian God of the Underworld, Nergal. Some say he died of the curse. Others suspect his greedy wife, his mysterious mistress, his double-crossing partner or the dangerous followers of the Underworld God. It is up to adventuress Virginia Jones to discover which as well as what became of the map of the catacombs and the Eye of Nergal. To do so she must battle wits and skills with her arch nemesis the Baron DeFalcon, as well as their mutual desire for one another. Info: Foul Play Café, Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd, 377-9593, http://www.foulplaycafe.com Price: $55 includes dinner and the show (gratuity not included); $32 Children (10 and under, includes meal).
July 6 - 29 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2.
Angel Street - by PatRick Hamilton, directed by Paula Stein. Set in fogbound London in 1880, this is the story of a seemingly normal couple, Jack Manningham and his wife Bella. As the drama unfolds, it becomes clear that Jack is intent on convincing his wife that she is going mad, even to the point of assuring her she is 'imagining' the gas light in the house is dimming. Soon, Bella is visited by a Scotland Yard inspector, Roughy. He convinces her that her husband is a maniacal criminal wanted for a murder committed 15-years-ago. Bella gains confidence in herself as she and the inspector work together to build up evidence against Jack. Info: Adobe Theatre, 9813 Fourth Street NW, 898-2222, http://www.adobetheater.org Price: $15, Seniors & Students $13.
July 6 - 29 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sunday at 2.
Mix & Match Durang - by Christopher Durang, directed by Dagmar Garza, Sheila Freed, and Rose Provan. This second production in the “Durang in Shorts” Summer Festival features six more short works by the playwright. Info: The Desert Rose Playhouse, 6921 Montgomery Blvd NE, 881-0503, http://www.desertroseplayhouse.com Price: $12, $10 Students, Seniors, and ABQ Theatre Guild Members.
July 19 | Thursday at 7.
An Evening with the Luna-Otero Family – by the Valencia County Mansion Players. The Mansion Players of Valencia County are celebrating the New Mexico Centennial with a unique event. Hear the true stories of the history of Los Lunas told by the people who actually lived those stories. Participants in this event will enjoy a gourmet meal at the Luna Mansion during which they will be visited by costumed actors portraying various members of the Luna-Otero family who will tell stories of their lives. The Lunas and Oteros were important figures in New Mexico history and their stories include romance, adventure, heroism, political intrigue, humor, tragedy, and a ghost! Info: Luna Mansion, 110 Main St., Los Lunas, (505) 865-5511, http://lunaotero.webs.com/ Price: $42 for meal and performance. Advance reservations required.
July 19 - 29 | Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8; Sunday at 2.
Spring Awakening – book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind. This a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1892 German play of the same title is set in late-19th C. Germany. It concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany for some time due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. It received 11 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. Info: Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale Ave SW, 242-4750, http://www.albuquerquelittletheatre.org Price: $24 Adults; $21 Seniors; $18 Students.
July 19 – August 5 | Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2.
The Winter’s Tale - by William Shakespeare, directed by Paul Ford. The third of three plays in the annual Will Power! Festival. Shakespeare's cautionary fable about jealousy--a king destroys his family and kingdom, until Time brings redemption and healing in a moving finale tinged with magic. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $15. $10 on Thursdays; $10 student rush with valid ID.
July 20 – August 5 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2.
Paloma - by Anne García-Romero, directed by Gil Lazier. This year Camino Real Productions is honored to present the World Premiere production of Paloma by Anne García-Romero. Paloma explores the lives of Ibrahim, a Moroccan-American and practicing Muslim, who falls in love with Paloma, a woman of Puerto Rican descent and nominal Catholic, while they study ancient Muslim Spain at New York University in 2004. The couple soon travels to Spain where they grapple with their religious differences. The play also toggles between various months in 2004 as Ibrahim and Jared, his friend and lawyer who practices the Jewish faith, face legal ramifications resulting from Ibrahim and Paloma's relationship. In a way, this play is a prayer for greater co-existence in our present age. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, 724-4771, http://www.caminorealabq.com Price: $17, $14 Seniors, Students, NHCC and ATG members.
July 21 & 28 | Saturdays at 1 and 3.
Albert Einstein: More Than Just Hair - written by Patricia Decker. During this one-act, one-actor play, you'll take a peek into the extraordinary life of one of the greatest thinker's of the 20th century. Think of questions, what would you like to ask him? A talk-about will follow the play. Info: Explora Theater, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, 224-8341, http://www.explora.us/ Price: Free with museum admission.
July 27 – August 12 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2.
Footloose - lyrics by Dean Pitchford; music by Tom Snow, directed by Bill Potenziani. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Info: Musical Theatre Southwest at the African American Performing Arts Center, 301 San Pedro NE, 265-9119, http://www.musicaltheatresw.com Price: $20, $18 Seniors & Students, Children (12 and under) $16.