Photo finish: The Hat
Photographs from childhood can take on a mythic quality, the indelible images standing in for the stories we use as memory placeholders. In The Hat , Zillah, a Jewish woman orphaned during the Holocaust, possesses just one picture of her mother, around which she has built her entire identity as a photographer of concentration-camp survivors. When she shows her work at a gallery near Auschwitz, she receives a visitor who changes everything she has ever believed about herself. The Hat , written by Santa Fe resident Dianna Lewis, won the first annual Playwrights’ Forum at the Santa Playhouse, selected after a national competition and a staged reading. It now has its world premiere as a full-length drama directed by Cristina Duarte. There is a gala at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time at the Playhouse (142 E. DeVargas St.). The play runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 22. Tickets are $20 (with discounts available) and can be purchased at www. brownpapertickets.com; for reservations call 505-988-4262. — J. L.