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Actors Put Finishing Touches on Off the Map

Auditions Announced for The Language Archive

The stage is set. The props are placed. The lines are memorized. Taos Onstage is ready to bring the wilds of 1970s northern New Mexico to life for you in the offbeat, evocative comedy Off the Map by Joan Ackerman. The curtain rises Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 at the Kachina Lodge/Hopi Dining Room for the first of eight performances.
In the play, Bo Groden looks back on the summer when she was eleven years old and everything changed. Serving as narrator, she sifts through the memories of an unusual childhood spent in the Taos area where her enterprising parents forged a rich life off the land and the local dump. Desperate to escape as a child, longing for modern amenities and normalcy, now she yearns to go back.
This is the summer when Charley, her father, spiraled into depression. Usually able to build and fix anything, he is unable to fix himself, but the family carries on, thanks in large part to the earthy strength of Arlene, Bo's resourceful mother. George, Charley's lifelong friend, offers watercolors and silence. Lonely for her father's companionship, Bo amuses herself by writing letters for free samples and praying for a miracle to deliver her from a mother who gardens in the nude and a father who cannot stop weeping.

The miracle arrives in the form of William Gibbs, a displaced IRS agent who comes to do an audit and never leaves. After falling into a fever, he awakens a changed man and begins to paint. As the artist within William emerges, each member of the family is touched and affected.
This heartwarming look at life and characters who will seem very familiar to Taoseños has a compelling and lyrical quality. Through unswerving love and compassion, the characters stumble into glimpses of self-discovery and unexpected moments of grace.
Off the Map is directed Judy Kasper. The cast includes Irene Loy as adult Bo, Julie Dougherty as Arlene, William Hall as Charley, Patrick McMurray as George, Nick Boeder as William, and Violet Smith as Bo.
The Play: Off the Map
Dates: February 15, 16, 17, 18 and 22, 23, 24, 25
Times: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinee Performances at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Kachina Lodge/Hopi Dining Room, 413 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571
Cost: $15
Tickets: Get tickets online at www.taosonstage.com, or call 575-224-4587
Information: taosonstage@gmail.com
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Auditions for "The Language Archive"
Auditions have been scheduled for the Taos Onstage production of The Language Archive by Julia Cho.
Karla Eoff will direct this sentimental, heartwarming comedy. In the play, George, a brilliant linguist, is devoted to preserving languages: "When we say a language dies, we are talking about a whole world, a whole way of life. It is the death of imagination, of memory." But in his personal life, language is failing him. He doesn't listen to his wife, Mary, and is unable to find the words to keep her from leaving him. And at work, he is oblivious to the deep feelings his lab assistant, Emma, has for him. Then comic relief arrives: Alta and Resten, an elderly married couple who have agreed to be interviewed by George, are the last speakers of the language of Elloway. However, they are not talking to each other, and when they do, they speak only in English, "the language of anger."
Roles are available for two men and three women:
* George, a linguist, age 30 or older
* Mary, his wife, age 30 or older
* Emma, his assistant, age 20+
* Resten, from Elloway, age 50 or older
* Alta, his wife, age 50 or older
Every role is open to all ethnicities. The ages given above can vary. The actors cast as Resten and Alta will play multiple other small roles (driver, passerby, train conductor, etc.).
Auditions will be held Tuesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at SOMOS, 108-B Civic Plaza Drive.
Audition sides are available here for advance review.
Performance dates are April 19-22 and 26-29.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Karla Eoff at 575-751-1183 or kseoff@newmex.com.
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