2019 Season


“The 2019 season at the Santa Fe Playhouse will explore humanity through plays that are diverse, dynamic, and brilliant. We have Pulitzer Prize nominees, hidden gems, and world premieres to challenge, inspire, and entertain you. From a chimpanzee who believes he is human, to artificial intelligence that convinces us it is, to people who fail to see the humanity in each other—each production has something to say about what it means to be human. In these times of world-wide division and tension, let us come together as a city, a community, a family, to think, talk, imagine, and explore.” – Vaughn Irving, Artistic Director


by Nick Jones

March 14  March 31

Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a 200-pound chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly…at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity. Fans of plays like Sylvia will love this moving comedy.

Marjorie Prime

by Jordan Harrison

May 2  May 19

This powerful, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning story is about aging, memory, and artificial intelligence. Set in the not too distant future, Marjorie is starting to lose her memories to dementia. Her daughter and son in law employ the assistance of an A.I. program to help her cope and keep her out of a home. In this richly spare new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

Fun Home

by Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, and Alison Bechdel

June 13 – June 30

Fun Home, which won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep to tell the story of the one-of-a-kind man who defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives the uniqueness of a childhood spent playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.


by Lucy Kirkwood

July 18 – August 4

NSFW is a workplace comedy satirising media attitudes to sexuality and personal privacy. In the office of a British men’s magazine, appropriately called “Doghouse”, disaster strikes when they discover that their amature centerfold is actually a non-consenting 14 year-old girl. Gloves off, NSFW tackles modern morality, the objectification of women (by both men and other women), and how media culture perpetuates mistreatment. Wonderfully funny but with sharp teeth.

2019 Fiesta Melodrama

by a courageously anonymous group of local heroes

August 22 – September 15

The 2nd annual 99th anniversary of a mysteriously old Santa Fe tradition. If that sentence confuses you, you’re not alone! Even if we are not sure exactly how long we have been skewering local politicians and issues in the Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama we do know how to get it done. Written in the style of an “Old West” melodrama, this show will remind you of all the stupid things that happened in Santa Fe over the last 12 months and give you a chance to laugh your rage away. This show is alway immensely popular, so reserve your tickets early.

The Happiest Song Plays Last

by Quiara Alegria Hudes

October 10 – October 27

At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordinian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: providing hot meals and an open door for the needy. The Happiest Song Plays Last  is part of the “The Elliot Trilogy”. It starts with Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue at Teatro Paraguas, then the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Ironweed Productions. Santa Fe Playhouse concludes this playwriting trifecta with The Happiest Song Plays Last. Be sure to see all three!


November 7 – November 24

The Playhouse’s annual event featuring short plays written, directed and acted by local Santa Fe artists has only one set piece: a park bench. Playwrights get creative and daring as they come up with more and more creative ideas about how to make the bench their own.  Don’t miss the 18th installment of the ever popular Benchwarmers.

No Number Home

by Tencha Avila

 December 12 – December 22

Written be Santa Fe resident, Tencha Avila, and based on a true story, No Number Home tells the story of a young couple and their daughter living in a migrant worker colony in Colorado in December of 1944. When their recently drafted 18 year-old neighbor, Jesus Rodriguez, deserts from basic training, the colony is invaded by the military police who vow to find him whatever the cost. Residents panic, they are sure that they will all be deported unless someone hands the boy over.