Friday, August 6, 2010

[MISP] Santa Fe Theatre Festival


Umbrella Hat Productions and Santa Fe Performing Arts

In association with RyderWorks




Hillary DePiano’s

The Love of Three Oranges

Directed by Rima Miller

A modern Commedia dell'Arte

From the dusty annals of theatre history and the rich traditions of commedia dell'arte comes a brand new version of a classic story "mostly about oranges...and happiness...and a little about love." It is a raucous, slapstick comedy completely reworked, revised and retooled for today's audience. A comic's and costumer designer's dream! Includes a diverse cast and crew from Santa Fe (Robyn Reede,Mario Moreno,Nate Patrus, Matt Stanford, and Spencer Snyder) New York and Boston, including some outstanding young performers participating in their first professional production.

Thursday Aug 12th @ 8PM – Opening Night

Fanfare & Local Santa Fe marching Band @ 7PM

Friday Aug 13th @ 3PM

Saturday August 14th – 8PM

Sunday August 15th – 7PM

post-performance talkback with artists & guests


Thursday August 19th @ 3PM

Friday August 20th @ 3PM

Saturday August 21th @ 8PM

Sunday August 15th @ 7PM


Tickets $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 16 and under.  $10.00 for adults who bring a child (code word: laughter)

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Commedia dell'Arte, Italian for play of professional artists, was a popular form of entertainment in Italy during the Renaissance (the height of its popularity was from 1550 to 1750).  From Italy, Commedia gained great popularity in other European countries, especially in France. Commedia dell'Arte has had a distinct influence on comedy since its beginning.  After its adoption in France, the effect was obvious in many plays, most notably those of Moliere.  In his comedy Tartuffe, Moliere included the classic Commedia scenario involving a father arranging his daughter in a marriage to a man much older than she is.  The daughter is, of course, already in love with a man her own age.  Several of Commedia's stock characters are also present in Tartuffe, including the innocent lovers and the smart, wise-talking servant.  These characters have also been adapted in other countries.  One example of this is the still popular Punch and Judy show in England. More recently, Commedia's influence can be seen in the Marx Brothers movies, where much of the action and dialogue is improvised.  The brothers used standard lazzi and costumes, and fused them with their versions of the stock characters.  Mainstream audiences of today can certainly recognize many of Commedia's stock characters in the cartoon The Simpsons.  Homer, Bart, and Mr. Burns are all examples of these characters.


Also in repertory:


Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

By John Patrick Shanley

Directed by David Baecker

August 13th - 22nd

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
Subtitled 'An Apache Dance' (a violent dance for two people), Shanley's one act is "the equivalent of sitting ringside watching a prize fight that ends in a loving embrace.  Funny, heartbreaking and full of shocking revelations - there is someone out there for each of us.

The Person I Once Was

By Cindy Lou Johnson

Directed by Genia Michaela

August 13th - 22nd

The Person I Once Was
This haunting, lyrical and evocative play tells the story of a shy young girl who is suffocating in the care of her older sister and the strange, intense young man who offers her the hope of romance - and escape.

NOTE: No one under 16 years old will be admitted.

'Bar Night', includes a cold beer and pretzels while you enjoy the show.

Friday August 13, 2010  - 8:00pm

Saturday August 14, 2010  - 10:30pm

Sunday August 15, 2010 - 3:00pm

Thursday August 19, 2010  - 7:00pm

Friday August 20, 2010  - 8:00pm

Saturday August 21, 2010  - 10:30pm

Sunday August 22, 2010  - 3:00pm EventList powered by



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