Photo fin­ish: The Hat

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

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.

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