International Shakespeare Center to Take Over Operations at The Adobe Rose Theatre

International Shakespeare Center to Take Over Operations at The Adobe Rose Theatre
Adobe Rose Founders, Bruce & Maureen McKenna
Photo credit: Daniel Quat

The Adobe Rose Theatre (ART) and the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe (ISC) are pleased to announce that the ISC will be taking over the operations of the Adobe Rose Theatre at 1213B Parkway Drive, Santa Fe, NM. The McKenna Family has donated the entirety of their theatre equipment to the ISC so that the Santa Fe theatre community can continue to utilize a well-equipped venue to put up productions. ART will continue as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation and will produce two plays a year at the newly named venue, The Swan.

"We are extremely happy with our arrangement with the ISC," says ART Artistic Director Maureen Joyce McKenna. "Because the ISC shares our mission of serving the community, including a commitment to youth theatre and helping public schools nurture drama, we are very comfortable turning over the operation of the Rose to the ISC. We are eager to continue our own productions at The Swan. Whatever the theatre is called, it will always reflect the heart and soul of its designer, Geoff Webb."

Robin Williams, ISC President, states, "The ISC is delighted to continue the Adobe Rose's work supporting the vibrant Santa Fe theater community." Renamed The Swan, the theater will be available for rental. The ISC will hold its repertory season in August and September with two plays this year (Measure For Measure and King Henry IV, Part 1). The Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, the youth Shakespeare troupe associated with ISC, will perform their shows there as well.

The Adobe Rose Theatre was founded by Bruce and Maureen McKenna and Geoff Webb three and half years ago. Since its inaugural play ART has either produced or nurtured more than 25 productions at the Theatre, including the World Premiere of Pulitzer and Tony Award winning Robert Schenkkan's Building The Wall.

ISC was founded in 2016 after Robin Williams was instrumental in bringing the Shakespeare's First Folio from the Folger Library to the New Mexico Museum of Art. ISC was formed to create programming to accompany the exhibit and has been bringing world-class Shakespeare to Santa Fe ever since.

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