ON­STAGE THIS WEEK

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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.

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