Santa Fe Playhouse to Feature SWEAT, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, and More for the 2023 Season
The 2023 season of Santa Fe Playhouse features six main productions, three episodes of the Skeletal series, a reading series, youth programming, acting classes and new box office accessibility initiatives.
The exciting show schedule includes the Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and the Pulitzer Prize-winning labor rights drama Sweat. The first play, The Baby Monitor, written by Santa Fe resident David Stallings, opens March 4.
“This season’s pieces are very literary – they tell stories,” says artistic director Robyn Rikoon. “All of the plays focus on families, and many deal with class issues, although it’s not always just on the surface. Some of the plays are dark comedies, and all of them have some degree of humor. But what unites all the plays is that there are no heroes, these are not stories that tell you who you should listen to or identify with, these are characters at a specific time over time, and you can choose who you’re with. These aren’t plays with easy answers.”
The 2023 season also includes new ticketing accessibility initiatives designed to break down economic barriers that may prevent audiences from seeing our shows. With Pay-What-You-Will, customers decide how much they want to pay for a general admission ticket to preview shows. Five-dollar Rush tickets are available after opening night, five minutes before showtime. (A full-fare general admission ticket is $30.)
The full 2023 season is below. Individual tickets go on sale Monday, January 9.
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The baby monitor
Written by David Stallings
Directed by Colin Hovde
Previews: March 2-3 Opening Night: March 4
When Claire’s worries about her two-year-old second cousin’s well-being are dangerously validated, she begins to question family principles and parenting skills. This timely new piece explores queer parenting, racial, class, and family values in America today, as well as the danger of making assumptions. It was a 2014 National New Play Network finalist and was produced in New York, Serbia, Ireland and Italy. Stallings holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from the College of Santa Fe and serves on the Advisory Board of LiveArts Santa Fe.
Alex and Olmsted present HUBBA HUBBA
Starts April 6
The Playhouse welcomes back Maryland puppeteers Alex and Olmsted, who brought us Marooned! in 2022. HUBBA HUBBA is a collection of vignettes using puppetry and movement to explore romantic love. HUBBA HUBBA is a comedy that incorporates handmade mechanical objects, puppets, costumes and masks to investigate the triumphs and obstacles of love. With singing and music, shadow puppetry, physical comedy and, as you would expect, audience participation in the production of Alex and Olmsted. All ages are welcome.
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Robyn Rikoon
Previews: May 11-12 Opening Night: May 13
Rust Belt factory workers share drinks, secrets and laughs, but when layoffs and picket lines begin to erode their trust, two close friends find themselves on opposite sides of a battle of work in this fast-paced drama that spans generations and features a cast of characters ranging in age from 18 to 70. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the play explores class, addiction, rage, racism, and the loyalties and betrayals that make up our social fabric.
Where did we sit on the bus?
Written by Brian Quijada
With Satya Jnani Chavez
Starts June 15
In this solo exhibition, a Latina child asks during a lesson on Rosa Parks, “Where did we sit on the bus?” Follow her from childhood to adulthood as she explores her family history, her identity as a first-generation American, and what the world will be like for her future children. Originally an autobiographical show by Quijada, Chavez interprets this journey of self-discovery with Latin rhythms, hip-hop and dance. All music is played live and on loop by Chavez.
A gentleman’s guide to love and murder
Book by Robert L. Freedman; Music by Steven Lutvak; Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak; Based on a novel by Roy Horniman
Previews: July 13-14 Opening Night: July 15
When newly orphaned Briton Monty Navarro discovers that he is the ninth to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, he sets out to murder any members of the upper-class D’Ysquith family who stand in his way, while keeping a mistress, Sibella Hallward, and courting young Phoebe D’Ysquith. In this laugh-filled musical, the same actor plays the eight doomed heirs. A Gentleman’s Guide won four Tony Awards in 2014, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
Written by LightningCloud
Starts August 17
Featuring an all-Indigenous cast, this hilarious twist on the 1978 classic, Grease, reimagines the beloved musical as culturally relevant with Indigenous humor and pride. Bear Grease is the brainchild of Crystle Lightning (Cree) and MC RedCloud (Huichol), a husband and wife hip-hop duo who go by the name LightningCloud.
Written by Brave and Talented Santa Feans
Directed by Félix Cordoue
Starts August 24
Now in its 101st year, the Fiesta Melodrama is Santa Fe’s oldest theatrical tradition, written in-house by anonymous locals. Melodrama is our community’s year-in-review farce, skewering politicians, public school politics, the police, the press, and everything else that makes Santa Fe so “different.” In 2023, Felix Cordova, a 10-year veteran of melodrama, will take over as director.
On the way to clover
Written by Steven Dietz
Directed by Robyn Rikoon
Previews: October 19-20 Opening Night: October 21
In an abandoned motel on a desolate highway in the United States, a distraught mother waits to find her runaway daughter. In desperation, she trusts a private detective, but no one is who they seem in this noir style thriller. Family ties are pushed to their limits in a gritty story of shocking twists.
The night before Christmas
Written byAnthony Neilson
Previews: November 28-29 Opening Night: November 30
It was Christmas Eve, when all through the Warehouse a creature was stirring – an elf! It’s Christmas Eve and two men in a borderline goods warehouse discover an intruder in an elf costume. Or is he on a mission from the North Pole, sent to London to spread the truth about Christmas? Things get complicated when Cherry arrives, demanding a hard-to-get Power Ranger for her child. A seriously twisted and obviously irreverent holiday comedy for the adults in the family.
PLAYHOUSE READING SERIES
January 27-29, 2023
Evolving readings of new plays by local and national playwrights.
Art + Sol Santa Fe Winter Arts Festival
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
Based on true and false events, Every Brilliant Thing is a story of depression, resilience and the power of human connection. This internationally acclaimed story is humorous and heartfelt, a celebration of the joy of everyday finding.
Art + Sol Santa Fe Winter Arts Festival
CloudTop Comedy Presents
LOVE SUCKS: A comedy tribute to single life
If you’re tired of dating apps, out-of-town weddings, and Valentine’s Day commercialism, join us for a night of shade and more!
YOUTH INTENSIVE SUMMER PLAYHOUSE
Last summer, the Santa Fe Playhouse invested in its first-ever intensive theater program for young people. We hosted young artists, ages 12-17, to experience two weeks of focused pre-career theater training that culminated in mock auditions and a public performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. of summer. As part of our 2023 season, we are proud to announce a three-week program, focusing on As You Like It and a musical component.
Playhouse Studio workshops and intensives return in 2023 with a stronger and more comprehensive program. By offering classes to the Santa Fe community, we seek to deepen our connections with local actors and theater artists, whether they are professional or just dipping their toes in the water of this form.