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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mixed Mic at Capitol Coffee, Santa Fe, March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Welcome to DNAWORKS' first Mixed Mic performance!
Come hear New Mexico artists perform works about mixed identity and heritage in a café atmosphere!

The performance will be followed by a community dialogue, so bring your stories to share!

Hosted by Nicole Gramlich

Performances by Israel Francisco Haros Lopez, Alexis Miles, Gabe Rima, Esmé Rodriguez Vaandrager, and others!

Please arrive early as it is first come, first served!
This event is free of charge, though we do ask that you support our venue by buying something delicious to eat and yummy to drink.

Mixed Mic is a prelude event for DNAWORKS' performance of HaMapah/The Map, March Saturday, March 22 @ 7:30pm & Sunday, March 23 @ 2:00pm at NDI-NM Dance Barns -

For a video excerpt of HaMapah/The Map:

For tickets to HaMapah/The Map:

HaMapah/The Map in Santa Fe, NM, March 22-23

DNAWORKS presents 

HaMapah/The Map

Co-produced by New Mexico School for the Arts-

Art Institute

Saturday, March 22 @ 7:30 p.m. and

Sunday, March 23 @ 2:00 p.m.

Hosted by NDI New Mexico at the Dance Barns

1140 Alto Street, Santa Fe

Tickets: $5 K-12 students, $10 Artist/Fixed Income, $20 General Admission.  
For tickets, click  Tickets Santa Fe, visit the Lensic Box Office, or call (505) 988-1234.

In Hebrew, HaMapah means “the tablecloth” or “the map." HaMapah/The Mapis conceived and performed Adam McKinney (formerly of Alvin Alley American Dance Theater) and directed by Daniel Banks. First premiered in 2010,HaMapah/The Map has engaged audiences around the world and, with the gracious partnership of New Mexico School for the Arts-Art Institute and National Dance Institute-New Mexico, DNAWORKS is thrilled to present the premiere of the work in its entirety to the Santa Fe community
HaMapah/The Map weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music. In HaMapah /The Map McKinney explores issues of identity, heritage, and ancestry. As part of the program, immediately following the performance, DNAWORKS Co-Directors McKinney and Banks lead a community dialogue about the audience's relationship to the core ideas of the piece.
Conceived and performed by Adam McKinney
Directed by Daniel Banks
Lighting by Lenore Doxsee
Sound and Video editing by Michael Billow
Costume by Irina Kruzhilina

Click here for a video excerpt fromHaMapah / The Map.


Audience responses to performances of HaMapah/The Map

"I enjoyed the performance: exquisite dancing, thought-provoking and seamless integration of movement, text/song, image--so much to admire!"
"It was a really beautiful piece last night! The dance and multi-media were just superb!"
"I was so moved by the performance and the follow up last night...this was so amazingly beautiful, creative, executed and magnificent that I am lost for words."
"I think that your work is about looking within, and connecting with our body-houses, so that we can appreciate our ancestry. You are creating a pathway for people to understand how to reconnect with provide possibility to a richer experience of one's own life...Societies can be changed this way for the better."

Click here for other DNAWORKS programs, including film and dialogue workshops, Hip Hop Theatre, trainings and more!


DNAWORKS and NMCAP Seek Participants for IDENTIFY! NM Theatre Initiative for Youth

Monday, January 6, 2014

Come Enjoy Winter Dances 2014!

New Mexico School for the Arts Dance Department presents Winter Dances 2014

final Winter Dances POSTER Jan 2014

Friday & Saturday, January 17 & 18 @ 7pm, Sunday, January 19 @ 2pm

James A. Little Theater

1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM

Winter Dances 2014 is a thrilling evening of mixed dance repertoire.

Our state’s finest young dancers will perform:
• ShimShon, a collaborative and contemplative piece choreographed by Department Chair Adam McKinney (formerly of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), accompanied by NMSA Music Department students;
• Mind on the (Re)Wind, an electric contemporary work by Guest Artist Francisco Aviña (formerly of Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago);
• Bach, classical ballet choreography by Department faculty Sheila Rozann (master teacher of Balanchine technique);
• The Hours, modern choreography by Department faculty Fletcher Nickerson;
• Rite of Way, a staged version of the Department’s engaging site-specific work, presented in collaboration with NMSA Visual Arts Department at The Santa Fe Railyard in October 2013.

For tickets,

$10 General/$5 Students & Seniors

Click here for the event's Facebook page!


DNAWORKS will be in residence at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival conference (Region 7) in Boise, Idaho, February 16-21. 

We will present HaMapah/The Map on February 16 at 8:30 p.m.and we will offer workshops and sessions during the rest of the week:

Monday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
We the Griot: Devised Performance for Community Engagement
An introductory workshop with DNAWORKS co-directors Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks in the performance and community building techniques they used to create HaMapah/The Map (Sunday night opening performance). 

Say Word! (Part One): Talking About Hip Hop Theatre
A multi-media, interactive introduction to Hip Hop Theatre with Daniel Banks, editor of Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater and director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative.  Open to all who want to learn about the form or share their knowledge.

Say Word! (Part Two): Storytelling and Performance in the Age of Hip-Hop
An in-depth workshop with Daniel Banks on Hip Hop Theatre Initiative’s work creating devised, socially and politically relevant Hip Hop Theatre.  Come prepared to move.  Open to students, teachers, administrators, Hip Hop heads, and curious allies!

Thursday night panel discussion:
Daniel will be in conversation with Hip Hop Theatre performer and playwright Idris Cooper.