Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WORLD PREMIERE of Irma Mayorga's CASCARONES in Santa Fe

DNAWORKS, in collaboration with Teatro Paraguas

and Associate Producers Nicholas Ballas, Estevan Rael-Gálvez and Juan Rios, Diane Karp, Lisa Samuel and Les Samuel, and Roxanne Swentzell


The World Premiere of


by Irma Mayorga

Directed by: Daniel Banks
Produced by: Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak and Matthew McVey-Lee
With: Nicholas Ballas, Nicole Gramlich, Jonathan Harrell, Marcos Kelly, Roger Montoya, Bernadette Peña and Cristina Vigil.

PERFORMANCES: September 4, 5, 6*, 11, 12, & 13, 2014 at 7pm; 7 & 14 at 5pm.

At Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe, NM 87507

FOR TICKETS please call 1-866-394-6033
Or click the links below:

$15 General Admission

$10 Fixed Income Tickets

$5 Children tickets (age 12 and older)

*September 6 is the Gala performance and reception with special guests Mayor Javier Gonzales and playwright Irma Mayorga.

Please support our efforts to build community through art and dialogue by purchasing a Gala Ticket ($100, of which $75 is tax deductible). 

Click here to purchase.

About the play: 
Cascarones takes place in San Antonio, Texas, as teenager Mary Margaret Caceres, who works for the transit authority giving people bus route directions, attempts to understand the mapping of her community and city. As she navigates the daily challenges her working class family faces, she encounters in a dreamlike state John Wesley Powell, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, and the other men whose actions in the past influence her present.

Meet Our Creative Team! 
Actors: Nicholas Ballas, Nicole Gramlich, Jonathan Harrell, Marcos Kelly, Roger Montoya, Bernadette Peña and Cristina Vigil
Producers: Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak & Matthew McVey-Lee 
Production Stage Manager and Lighting Design: Ross Rauschkolb 
Set Design: Dahl Delu and Wendy Cutcher 
Costume Design: Jasminka Jesic 
Sound Design: Casey Mraz 
Props: Paola Vengoechea 
Stage Manager: Carla Garcia 
Assistant Stage Manager: Jason Jaramillo 
Assistant Director: Jasper Keen 
Press and PR: Janey Potts 
Graphic Design: Paulo Tavares 
Teatro Paraguas Director: Argos MacCallum

Community Engagement Associate: Brittany Delaney
Please click here to view a special message from DNAWORKS Co-Director and production Director Daniel Banks on the importance of producing Cascarones.

And here to hear award-winning playwright Irma Mayorga discuss why she wrote Cascarones.

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Tremendous thanks to Santa Fe Art Institute for hosting playwright Irma Mayorga as an Artist-in-Residence as part of their Community Partnership Initiative!


This production would also not be possible without the support of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, the McCune Visual Performing Arts grant through the NM Community Foundation, over 120 individual donors, and additional in-kind donations from: CG Higgins Chocolates; Casa Chimayo; Chocolate Maven; Clafoutis; Gruet Vineyards; Revolution Bakery; Whole Foods; Swiss Bakery; Cowgirl BBQ; Ken Dettelbach/Gateway Marketing; Graphic Sky; Santa Fe Valet and Limousine; Seth Friedman/Back, Body, and Soul; Ehrland Truitt Acupuncture; Raymond Kurshals/Pilates Santa Fe; Chef Louis Moskow/315 Restaurant and Wine Bar; Paulo Tavares/Paulo T Photography; & Jeff Thompson/Movement Matters Massage.

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SUPPORT AN ARTIST! We still need your help! Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation. All further donations will go toward artist fees.

We look forward to seeing you at the world premiere of Cascarones!

Reading of Edwin Sanchez's UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE

Sangria Sundays!

Please join us for a reading of...

Unmerciful Good Fortune

By Edwin Sanchez 
Directed by Daniel Banks
With Charles Gamble, Jonathan Harrell, Bernadette Peña, Nicole Phelps, Oscar Rodriguez, and Esme Vaandrager.
Stage Manager: Alexis Miles

Sunday, June 29


Teatro Paraguas
3205 Calle Maria, Santa Fe

Admission Free (Donations Accepted)
Reservations: (505) 424-1601
Limited Space - Reserve Today!
No Passport scheme
This reading is part of No Passport's 30/30-a US Latin@/NoPassport reading schemethat is presenting 30 Latina/o plays in 30 days across the US.
Please feel free to tweet your impressions of the play to hashtag #3030NP.
"The play centers on two Latinas: Fatima, a clairvoyant, uneducated hourly wage earner-turned- murderer, and on a successful, highly educated assistant district attorney, a single parent caring for her dying mother. From this unlikely pairing, Sánchez builds a story that examines class, racial and gender conflicts, family and professional relationships, friendship, heterosexual and homosexual love, self-realization, personal worth, and the ethics of euthanasia....” (Beverly Friend, LERNER)
“Since graduating from the Yale School of Drama in 1994, Edwin Sánchez has won more fellowships and foundation grants than most playwrights receive in a lifetime. Go see UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE and you will understand why.” (Virginia Gerst, PIONEER PRESS)
Edwin Sanchez Biography:
Winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award for La Bella Familia, recent productions include Unmerciful Good Fortune and Trafficking in Broken Hearts, both in Los Angeles as well as the world premiere of the romantic comedy I'll Take Romance at the Evolution Theatre in Ohio. Other productions include: Diosa, produced by Hartford Stage after a successful workshop by New York Stage and Film, Trafficking in Broken Hearts at the Bank Street Theater in New York, Unmerciful Good Fortune at the Intar Theater in New York, for which he received the Princess Grace Playwriting Award in 1994, and Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages in New York. This play was selected by the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference to represent the National Playwrights Conference at the Schelykovo Playwrights Seminar in Russia; Icarus produced by Fourth Unity, Actors Theater of Louisville as part of their Humana Festival, San Jose Rep and regionally throughout the U.S.; and Trafficking in Broken Hearts, Atlantic Theater in New York, and productions in Brazil and Switzerland. He was also among the playwrights involved with Brave New World, an organization commemorating the events surrounding September 11th. Edwin is on the playwriting faculty at Primary Stages in New York City.