ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey strikes a chord with many music lovers, and not just classical music aficionados. His recording career began in 1990, when the Dutch label Channel Classics released his Bach Cello Suites. Two years later, Wispelwey became the first cellist to receive the Netherlands Music Prize. Now, with a diversified repertoire under his bow, Wispelwey returns to Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 19. The program includes works by Schubert and Beethoven as well as other selections. The Santa Fe Concert Association presents the performance at St. Francis
Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 988-1234. Playwright Horton Foote was known for bringing small-town America to life. He wrote the 1962 screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird; The Trip
to Bountiful, produced in 1953 for television, is set in a fictionalized town in rural Texas. It explores the life of an aging widow who wishes to return home after moving to Houston and raising her family. Ironweed Productions celebrates its fifth anniversary with a production of the play directed by Scott Harrison and an exhibition of artwork by local teens titled Home. The play opens at El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22. It continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 9. Tickets, $10 to $15, are available at the door. Call 660-2379 for reservations. Two men, both artists, once friends, meet again backstage at a play that’s about two men, both artists, once friends, who are joining up to possibly collaborate one last time. The men in the play within a play are poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, and the plot is that of Alan Bennett’s latest theatrical offering,
The Habit of Art. Bennett, once an Oxford don, traded academia for showbiz — he first trod the boards in 1960 as one quarter of the Beyond the Fringe cast. He wrote The History Boys and The Madness of George III, both directed by Nicholas Hytner for London’s Royal National Theatre. The successful collaboration continues with The Habit of Art, which opened last year. A high-definition broadcast of the National’s production comes to the Lensic Performing Arts
Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Tickets are $22 (student discounts available). Call 988-1234. Who doesn’t cry at the end of Ol’ Yeller when Tommy Kirk has to shoot his beloved dog? The loss of an animal companion can lead to an examination of the value of life and the meaning of death — a topic that’s also explored in Bert V. Royal’s play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, in which the protagonist, CB, has to come to terms with the death of his dog while the rest of the characters apparently act like deadbeat incarnations of the gang from Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts. (Is Snoopy the one who bites the bullet?) The Orphan Theatre Company presents this teen production, directed by Tess Moore and Clay Balsamo, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students; call 989-4423.