Mixed Media The Santa Fe Theatre Walk
The neighborhood in the vicinity of Meow Wolf — north of Cerrillos Road between Siler Road and Richards Avenue — has become known as the Rufina Arts District or “the RAD.” Though the youth-oriented arts collective has drawn national attention to the RAD in the past couple of years for its mysterious and surreal funhouse, the networked blocks of industrial spaces are also home to a blossoming local theater scene that has been germinating in the area since Teatro Paraguas opened there in 2009. Several groups have performance and rehearsal space there, and in the spirit of small-town collaboration, they often rent or donate it to more rootless Santa Fe collectives.
From 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, the neighborhood throws open its doors and invites the public to traipse from place to place, led by festively costumed guides, for TheatreSantaFe.org’s first Santa Fe Theatre Walk. Between plays written by Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Nora Ephron, there is a little something to entertain everyone, and venues include restaurants as well as theaters. Ironweed Productions rehearses a scene from its upcoming production of written by Arthur Miller and directed by Scott Harrison, at the Santa Fe Playhouse Workshops (3218-B Calle Marie) at 3, 4, and 5 p.m., while at the Adobe Rose Theatre (1213 Parkway Drive), theaterwalkers can observe or participate in ongoing improv classes led by Catherine Lynch and Quinn Fontaine. Blue Raven Theatre offers excerpts from Talia Pura’s at Cacao Santa Fe (3201-B Richards Lane) at 3, 4, and 5 p.m.; on the half-hour at Cacao, the Oasis Theatre Company performs Mamet’s one-act play, Teatro Paraguas (3205-B Calle Marie) gives a glimpse of its next production, written by Nilo Cruz and directed by DS Magid, and youth performers from Pandemonium Productions and the Upstart Crows take over Meow Wolf (1352 Rufina Circle) with musical selections and scenes from
Admission to the Theatre Walk is free. For a complete list of performances and venues, visit www.theatresantafe.org. — Jennifer Levin