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Santa Fe Stage: Threshold Art Collective Presents TWELFTH NIGHT

Posted by on December 8, 2014 | Comments Off on Santa Fe Stage: Threshold Art Collective Presents TWELFTH NIGHT

Threshold Art Collective at the Scottish Rite Temple

SANTA FE, NM — Threshold Art Collective makes its debut performance at the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe on December 12th with Shakespeare’s original Christmastime comedy Twelfth Night. In a play that feeds as much laughter as it does thought, Threshold Art Collective is proud to present Brennan Foster and Sheridan Johnson, ABQ Journal’s Best Stage Couple of 2013, directed by Quinn Mander, in the first production of its inaugural year.

Come celebrate the holidays, welcome in a new year and a new approach to theater. Attend a special gala in the Grand Ballroom of the Scottish Rite Temple on opening night (12/12) and enjoy a champagne or cider toast with the cast, crew, musicians and several of your favorite local artists and politicians. This special event is two nights only, so come spend the twelfth night of December—or the thirteenth!— with New Mexico’s finest in one of Shakespeare’s most treasured plays. Delightful fun, Twelfth Night is a masquerade ball of love, excess, desire and family. One of Shakespeare’s most crowd-pleasing comedies, this performance moves from one hilarious romantic intrigue to the next. A shipwrecked lady finds herself penniless — and about to stay that way — in a pre-suffrage society. Donning a man’s dress, she gets to work and immediately finds herself in the middle of a gender-bending love triangle, replete with a drunken uncle, a wise fool, a proud puritan and a smart-mouthed chambermaid.

Threshold Art Collective is an emerging group that aims to redefine the way theater is viewed in New Mexico. “Each show of this inaugural season will feature live, original music, unique set designs and collaborating artists from around the state,” explains Artistic Director Sheridan Johnson. “We believe our community is changing; we believe that theater is changing; we believe we can bring exciting change to community theater.”

Brennan Foster and Sheridan Johnson, widely praised for their performances in Venus in Fur, Hedda Gabler and Boeing! Boeing! bring a magic to the stage. About their Venus in Fur performance, Albuquerque Journal wrote, “Sheridan and Brennan captured the sexy excitement, the mysterious magic realism, and the intellectual challenge of this brilliantly funny and erotic play.” Twelfth Night director Quinn Mander, fresh from his recent success directing The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds at the Santa Fe Playhouse is “thrilled to bring this love story to life in such a remarkable setting and be a part of Threshold’s mission to break down boundaries within the artistic community.”

TICKETS may reserved at info@ThresholdNM.com and at the door $30 for Friday, December 12th 7PM performance (includes the post-performance gala with cast and company members and other local talent.

$20 for Saturday, December 13th 7PM performance $12 tickets are available for students and educators for both performances at the door with a valid school ID.

Threshold Art Collective is offering a block of tickets for each performance to be provided to local schools at no charge. Sheridan Johnson is a strong believer in the power of theater to incite a love of learning in students. Theater teaches youths empathy and emotional intelligence. “Twelfth Night is an ideal play to introduce local students to the wonder of Shakespeare. Threshold Art Collective is proud to provide this special fun and educational experience to as many local students as we possibly can.” For more information regarding the limited complimentary student tickets, schools may contact Sheridan Johnson at info@ThresholdNM.com.

Available on ThresholdNM.com, teachers will find valuable teaching tools to introduce their students to Twelfth Night, synopsis available here.



Photos courtesy of Lynn Roylance
Pictured: Brennan Foster (Duke Orsino), Sheridan Johnson (Viola)
Micah Linford (Andrew Aguecheek), George Williams (Sir Toby)

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Vivian Vance exhibit in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM– So many of us grew up watching I Love Lucy throughout the years, and we probably do our best to catch re-runs on TV whenever we get the chance. There is something about the nostalgia of it all that proves irresistible. But I bet that most of us never knew that one of this famous TV show’s beloved stars was actually an Albuquerque talent.

Everybody’s Neighbor: Vivian Vance features the history and popular culture of vaudeville star and actress Vivian Vance, who appeared regularly at Albuquerque Little Theater (ALT) and the KiMo. Vance, who spent part of her young adult life in Albuquerque, eventually won her most endearing role as Ethel Mertz on the TV situation comedy, I Love Lucy. The exhibition will be on view at the Albuquerque Museum from March 29, 2014 – January 31, 2015.

Vivian Roberta Jones, known as “Viv” to her friends and family, was born in 1909 in Cherryvale, Kansas. As a teenager she decided to pursue acting career, against the wishes of her religious mother, Mae. Vivian’s large family eventually moved to Albuquerque and Vivian and her husband Joe Danneck joined the Joneses. She found a job modeling clothes, but in 1930 she defiantly announced that she had landed a role in the racy vaudeville show, Cushman’s Revue, playing at the KiMo Theater. She traveled with the show, then returned to Albuquerque.

Under the guidance of ALT director Kathryn Kennedy O’Connor, Vivian appeared in the theater’s first two seasons. Convinced that she had potential, O’Connor and the theatre held a benefit in 1932 by selling tickets to The Trial of Mary Dugan. Critics raved, writing, “Whether Vivian Vance can make good in New York will be decided next month, but the Albuquerque actress…showed that she can make good before a hometown audience.” With the proceeds, O’Connor sent Vivian to New York to study under actress Eva Le Gallienne.

Soon Vivian started landing chorus roles, eventually graduating to supporting roles in Hooray for What! and Let’s Face it! with Danny Kaye and Eve Arden. In between productions Vivian returned to Albuquerque. Vivian always felt that she owed a debt of gratitude to the people of Albuquerque for supporting her early career, and returned often to appear at the ALT free of charge. By the early 1940s, Vivian was living in New York but had also purchased a small adobe ranch house in Cubero, west of Albuquerque near Grants.

Vivian then moved to California to work on film and theatre projects. While visiting the La Jolla Playhouse in 1951, Desilu Studios producer Desi Arnaz watched Vivian’s amazing performance as Olive Lashbrook in Voice of the Turtle. Convinced that she was perfect for the role of Ethel Mertz in I Love Lucy, Desi Arnaz brought Vivian into the studio for a surprise introduction to his wife and star of the show, Lucille Ball. Because of Vivian’s good looks, impeccable comedic timing and a street-smart sense of how to play to an audience, she shined throughout the run of I Love Lucy. The 1953 episodes brought her an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, with additional nominations in 1954, 1956, and 1957.

I Love Lucy secured Vivian Vance’s place in television history. After a wondrous career in theater, film and television, the accomplished actress passed away in 1979. Many of her family members still live in New Mexico, and her sister Lou Ann holds local comedy workshops. Their stories, awards, photographs, and memorabilia contribute greatly to the exhibition, celebrating a small-town girl who hit the big-time.

Public Programs

The Museum is excited to be offering the following programs based around the Everybody’s Neighbor: Vivian

Vance exhibition:

Public Opening: Everybody’s Neighbor: Vivian Vance
Saturday, March 29, 2014
2 – 5 p.m.

Programs will celebrate the life of Albuquerque resident and actress Vivian Vance, known for her role as Ethel Mertz on the sitcom I Love Lucy.

Music in the lobby from 2-5 p.m. by Swing Duo, featuring Cole Porter tunes sung by Vivian Vance. Enjoy a short montage of scenes from plays Vance appeared in, performed by the Vance Players, and introductory remarks by Henry Avery, Director of Albuquerque Little Theatre at 3 p.m. Get creative with an art activity in the Museum School from 2-4 p.m. Free event.

Performance: Vance Players
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
11 a.m.

Vivian Vance’s career included theatre performances at the Albuquerque Little Theatre, summer theatre festivals and Broadway. The Vance Players will perform a 30-minute montage of scenes from plays that featured Vance. Free program.

3rd Thursday: ABQ Ladies of Comedy
Thursday, May 15, 2014
5 – 8:30 p.m.

In honor of the Museum’s Vivian Vance exhibition, come celebrate Albuquerque’s current funny ladies. There will be performances by music comedy trio JeeZ LaWeeZ and local stand-up comediennes. This program is sponsored by Las Ventanas Homes.

Performance: Vance Players
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
11 a.m.

Vivian Vance’s career included theatre performances at the Albuquerque Little Theatre, summer theatre festivals and Broadway. The Vance Players will perform a 30-minute montage of scenes from plays that featured Vance. Free program.

The Albuquerque Museum and Casa San Ysidro is a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The Museum is located at 19th and Mountain Road NW (in Old Town);

505-243-7255 (311 locally, Relay NM or 711); www.cabq.gov/museum -or- www.albuquerquemuseum.org.

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Rd. in Corrales.

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Rapture, Blister, Burn Opens Feb. 21 #NMSTAGE

Posted by on February 19, 2014 | Comments Off on Rapture, Blister, Burn Opens Feb. 21 #NMSTAGE

New Mexico Stage Rapture Blister Burn

2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist – RAPTURE BLISTER BURN
by Gina Gionfriddo | Directed by Kristine Holtveldt

Featuring: Gail Gillock Spidle, Sheridan Johnson, Ryan Montenery, Jessica Osbourne and Sara Rosenthal.

The Story:

After grad school, Catherine pursued a career as a rockstar feminist academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children.

Decades later, each friend covets the others life. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy takes a deep look at family, career, romance and the decisions that define a life.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.

Aux Dog Rapture Blister Burn Company Bio

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UNM Play: Call for Native American Actors

Posted by on February 20, 2013 | Comments Off on UNM Play: Call for Native American Actors

Fadeaway at UNM Words Aire Festival

Native playwright Zee Eskeets, is currently casting Native American Actors for a new play to premiere at the UNM Words Afire Festival.

By Zee Eskeets
Directed by Joe Alberti

Jason Black is stuck. Since the death of his sister he has only been certain of one thing: he will never leave Gallup, New Mexico. His only comfort is his beautiful and talented girlfriend Kai, but as he struggles to hold on to her, he begins to lose his grip on reality, leading to deadly consequences.

Auditions are this Saturday the 23rd at 11am in the Robert Hartung building (that is located on the corner of Stanford and Central, next to the Frontier), room 206.

JASON BLACK, 17- 18, a lonely boy that tries to fill the void with his idea of love but darkness constantly creeps in through the cracks.

SHARON YAZZIE, 40s, Kai’s Mother. Well educated, strong Native American woman. After obtaining her PhD, she teaches at the UNM branch in Gallup, NM.

GRANDMA YAZZIE, We can go with an actor in her 40’s or older and age her as needed, if necessary) 60s? (Unknown. She states when she was born, snow as on the ground) Kai’s grandma. Feisty old lady. Loves margar-eats. Sometimes speaks in broken English as many Elders do on the Rez having never been properly “assimilated”.

SHERMAN BEGAY, 40s, the Voice of the Navajo Nation. It’s as if he is everyone’s own private radio DJ.

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Get your piece of an Albuquerque Legend and help build on a foundation for its future

Posted by on July 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Get your piece of an Albuquerque Legend and help build on a foundation for its future

Going on now!

Celebrate the 2012 – 2013 season and new stage floor dedication at The Historic Albuquerque Little Theatre!

What: Open House and New Stage Floor Dedication
When: Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 1p – 4p
Where: Albuquerque Little Theatre
Cost: FREE!

Come enjoy FREE entertainment and refreshments. Take a tour backstage. Meet ALT staff, board members, and actors. Check out special ALT memorabilia like our cookbook and tote bags. Get your chance to win one of four themed baskets from our 2011 – 2012 season musicals — The Wizard of Oz, Xanadu, Singin’ In The Rain, and Cabaret! And be sure to pick up YOUR piece of ALT history — a beautiful commemorative plaque made from our old stage floor — honoring our past and the celebrities who have performed on our stage! Small plaques are $25, large plaques are $40. All proceeds help ALT!

*The final performance of Spring Awakening starts at 6pm.

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Your Life in Theatre

Posted by on June 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Your Life in Theatre

Albuquerque Theatre Guild proudly announces the 4th-annual ATG General Auditions!

This is your opportunity to audition simultaneously for many ATG member theatre companies for their upcoming production seasons.

Please prepare both a classical and a contemporary monologue that together total 3 minutes.

For More Information and to schedule a time slot please contact Claludia Mathes at camathes@comcast.net.

VSA North 4th Theater
4904 4th Street NW

Dates: Saturday June 18, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday June 19, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Get Your “Annie” Online!

Posted by on May 19, 2011 | One comment

If you’re not headed to the great white way this Summer but you’d like to be and you’re an outrageously talented 6-12 year-old, holler at your mama to get your audition video submitted NOW!

The Broadway musical Annie is currently accepting nationwide, online submissions for young performers to be cast in the production’s Fall 2012 run! They “are searching for Tomorrow’s Annie”, AND will be considering girls for all of the orphan roles!

From the Producers:

Who Should Enter?

Girls, ages 6-12 of all types and ethnicities, who are great singers, dancers, and actresses. Just bring your personality and spirit!

Audition Online in 3 Easy Steps!

1. FILM one video that shows us how talented you are! Please be sure to:
* First, sing 1-2 minutes of a pop/rock or current musical theatre song, either with music or acapella. If you’re stuck on a song, you can sing Happy Birthday (Note: Please, no songs from Annie).
* Then, tell us a story about yourself or something exciting that you did recently (also 1-2 minutes).

2. GATHER digital copies of your headshot or recent photos (2 versions) and your resume. If you don’t have a resume, just tell us about yourself in a Word document.

3. SUBMIT your completed Annie Audition Form by clicking here.

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Albuquerque Stage – Limited Engagement

Posted by on April 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Albuquerque Stage – Limited Engagement

Email your contact info. to win@oneheadlightink.com by April 28 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Sunday matinée performance!

Photo via Ron Wallace, Perspective Magazine

From Rainbow Studio Theater Company:

Rainbow Studio Theater Company and VSA North Fourth Art Center proudly present Ntozake Shange’s Obie-award winning play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” this month at the N4th Theater.

This is the inaugural production of Rainbow Studio Theater company founded by Cathryn McGill, Producer and Regina Dawley, Director. McGill is a veteran, award-winning actress/singer/songwriter and community activist and Dawley, a relative newcomer to the New Mexico scene, has extensive Broadway and Hollywood credits as a principal dancer with Shirley McClaine, Redd Foxx, Marvin Gaye, et. al. These two dynamic women are committed to creating memorable, dynamic. entertaining and socially relevant theater experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange is a series of 20 poems set to music and dance about sorrow, shared experiences, looking for humor in every situation and persevering to find the the pot of gold at the end of our collective and individual rainbows. Shange coined the term “choreopoem” to describe this exploration of what it’s like “bein’ alive, bein’ a woman and bein’ colored”. For Colored Girls is a theater classic and a perfect first production for the Rainbow Studio Theater Company.

Please come out and celebrate with us at one of three performances of this play. Friday, April 29 8pm, Saturday, April 30, 8pm or Sunday, May 1 1pm.

or call the N4th Theater Box Office to Make a Reservation –

Call Rainbow Studio Theater Company at 505-407-6784 to negotiate group discounts and to get additional information about the production.
We can’t wait to see you at one of our performances. Tell all your friends and come out and support live theater in Albuquerque.

Cathryn McGill & Regina Dawley
Rainbow Studio Theater

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Dia’s Day: Announcement Edition

Posted by on February 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Dia’s Day: Announcement Edition
ComedyEventsNMNM's OwnProductionStage

Click here for event details for Albuquerque’s, For Colored Girls Theater Performance!

Regina Dawley, Cathryn McGill, Sandi Kay, Teona Ducre, Dia Gaitirira, Kalene Dan-Jambo, Dominque Gray, Lamonique “Lala” Davidson, Chandra Ursule Brown, Cecelia Webb, Brenda Hollingsworth Marley, Alana Grier

Click the pic to hear me unabashedly gush over one of our most favorite New Mexico ladies – model, actress and now producer, Diana Gaitirira. I was able to chat with her on Friday to catch-up on some of what’s new with her.

Diana gave us an exclusive interview about two of her newest and most exciting projects. Find out what upcoming Rainbow Studios Theater Company production she’ll be starring in at North Fourth Art Center.

And get the deets straight from Dia about some hot locals (like herself) who are teaming-up for Albuquerque’s Laugh Out Loud Funny Film Festival.

We all love classic anthems like “I Will Survive” and “I’m Every Woman”, well this woman lives ’em and that is part of why we adore her so!

Thanks for taking the time to share your passion with us Diana!

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Mucho Mas Stage, NM

Posted by on August 31, 2010 | One comment

The stage production of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima begins its New Mexico run in October through November. Click here for the full schedule presented by The Vortex Theatre and The National Hispanic Cultural Center.


Albuquerque: As we told you here The Box Performance Space/Improv Theater will be holding open auditions for their production of Guys and Dolls Jr. this week for performances in October. Click for full audition deets.

Santa Fe: The Santa Fe Playhouse is now casting “Empty Bed Blues,”
by British Playwright, Stephen Lowe
directed by Dan Gerrity.

Saturday, Sept 4th at 4:30 PM; Sunday, Sept 5th at 5:00 PM.
Character descriptions and story synopsis here.

Post inspired by NM stage+ actors Manny Baca, Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Tyler Ferguson et al…

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Hot Child in the City

Posted by on August 23, 2010 | One comment

And as with the joyous news of his impending fatherhood…Albuquerque’s favorite son took to Twitter to continue to spread the word for Theatre support.

Buy tix, participate, donate direct to the theatre here.

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Marsha Marsha Marsha’s NM State of Mind

Posted by on March 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Marsha Marsha Marsha’s NM State of Mind

New Mexico land and organics lover Marsha Mason cultivates natural healing and beauty from her Abiquiu farm. And you can bet your ashwaganda they know what they’re doing down at Resting in the River.

In addition to being the mommy of my dreams alongside the awesomeness that is Phoebe Cates in one of the best movies ever made, Marsha is a Hollywood AND Broadway legend in her own right.

Currently starring in I Never Sang for My Father (opening April 4) in NYC, Marsha gives an in depth sit-down to Adrienne Onofri for Broadway World dot com in which you can read all about her legendary career on stage and screen, her raves about NM, including how you can get Marsha’s earthy products, read her life’s journey or even pick-up her NM property as she is going back East to concentrate on her place on the great white way – while still cultivating her roots here in the Land of Enchantment.

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