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2019-2020 Season Main Stage Productions and Extras


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A Step Back in Time:
Dramatizations of selected works by Mark Twain and vintage fashion show

Directed by Dianne Davis

Named "America's Best Humorist," Mark Twain waved his pen and his voice in satirical commentary on his fellow humans, society, and his government. Nothing was sacred. He pioneered the tradition of American comedy that takes full advantage of freedom of speech in an effort to improve the world we live in. Mark Twain's works are brought back to life by local actors in this dramatized reader’s theatre production taking place during the Taos Fall Arts Festival in the heart of the Taos Historic Arts District. As timely now as it was 150 years ago.

The evening’s entertainment also includes a vintage fashion show, showcasing styles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Join us in celebrating beautiful pieces of history while supporting the arts for a brighter future.

September 27-29
Friday-Sunday 7:30 p.m.


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LIFE SUCKS.
Sort of adapted from Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

By Aaron Posner
Directed by Charlotte Keefe

This contemporary reworking of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya is a light-hearted and ultimately life-affirming examination of the ways in which we try to tell ourselves and the world that we actually matter. Gathered in a country home that has seen better days, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies grapples with life's thorniest questions — and each other. As the characters stumble along in their quest to know the meaning of life, each shows a different agony, angle of vision, and self-referential obsession. A mashup of melancholy and hilarity, LIFE SUCKS. riffs on topics including work-life balance, the fate of the environment, why we love to hate gyms, academic pretension, depression, growing old, how families are both impossible and indispensable, and our never-ending effort to balance morality and desire. Rousing, thought-provoking and rich in content, LIFE SUCKS. explores whether life is inherently such a bummer that there's no point going on, or whether life itself is its own darn good reason for hope and optimism.

October 17-20 and 24-27
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.


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You Can’t Take It with You
Holiday Radio Play and Dinner Theatre

By Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman
Directed by Dianne Davis

The holiday season is the perfect time to go to theatre just to laugh, to escape, to marvel at life. Enter the wonderfully eccentric Sycamore household, among whom we find a philosophic patriarch who refuses to work or pay taxes, a fireworks enthusiast, and a hapless fledgling ballerina. Add to this Alice, the relatively normal daughter, who brings her Wall Street boyfriend and his straight-laced parents to meet her loony and lovable family. Now, sit back and enjoy the fun as we portray radio actors of yesteryear appearing before a live studio audience with the sweet nonsense and madcap humor of this 1937 classic romantic comedy. Foley sound effects, musical accompaniment, and authentic 1940s commercial spots are all part of this Taos Onstage family holiday tradition. Join us at Taos Mesa Brewing!

Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 18
at Taos Mesa Brewing
Buffet Dinner 6:00 p.m., Curtain 7:00 p.m.


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Circle Mirror Transformation

by Annie Baker
Directed by Irene Loy

In an artsy small town, an unlikely collection of strangers signs up for Marty's "Adult Creative Drama" class: a recently divorced carpenter, a high school junior, a former actress, and Marty's husband. As the group plays imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games, the offstage lives of the players infiltrate the classroom. With hilarious detail and clarity, Circle Mirror Transformation presents real people exploring their lives through tiny leaps of faith and creativity. Humor and heart-breaking poignancy are coaxed forth, love swells and recedes, and guarded people step into the light. Within the artificial intimacy of the acting class, the players' human vulnerabilities bring forth unexpected insights and transformations. Winner of the 2009 Obie Award for Best New American Play.

February 13-16 and 20-23
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.


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Seascape

 By Edward Albee
Directed by Kristen Woolf

Nancy and Charlie, a newly retired married couple, are vacationing at the beach discussing their future when suddenly they are joined by a pair of young giant lizards who have just crawled out of the ocean — and who happen to speak excellent English. After the two couples overcome their initial fear of each other, they engage in a fascinating exchange in which they assess their marriages and the choice to engage or not engage in life. Comedy, satire, and absurdism abound in this charming fable as the couples debate technology, emotion, responsibility, and evolution. The reverberations of this inter-species, inter-generational conversation will linger in the heart and the mind long after the play has ended. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama.

April 16-19 and 23-26
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.


Past Seasons
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