Out on the ghost town

Pasatiempo - - On Stage -

Betsy Burke’s much-an­tic­i­pated film Sea­son of Star­lings gets an au­di­ble air­ing at 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, Aug. 14, at a most ap­pro­pri­ate place: the En­gine House The­atre in Madrid (2846 NM 14, 505-473-0743). There, Lenore Ar­mijo, Jenny Gabrielle, Gary Farmer, and oth­ers from the movie’s cast per­form a staged read­ing of its script. Burke’s screen­play tells the story of a tomboy trans­planted to a New Mex­ico ghost town, where she en­coun­ters spir­its and other fright­en­ing oc­cur­rences. The film’s de­vel­op­ing hor­rors, as sam­pled in its trailer (at www.sea­sonof­s­tar­lings.com), are largely vis­ual, but its spare nar­ra­tive and tension-filled plot keep is­sues of do­mes­tic abuse, fem­i­nine ideals, and col­lec­tive psy­chol­ogy hov­er­ing in the back­ground. The sug­gested do­na­tion is $5-$10. Next door, on the deck of the Old West Sa­loon, Ar­mijo pro­vides mu­sic be­fore the read­ing at 6 p.m. Farmer and his band, the Trou­ble­mak­ers, play nearby at the Mine Shaft Tav­ern at 8:30 p.m. — B.K.

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