Including the Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and the Pulitzer Prize-winning labor rights drama, Sweat
2023 FlexPasses are now on sale.
Individual ticket sales begin mid-January
“The plays this season are very literary—they tell stories. All the plays focus on families, and many deal with class issues, though that’s not always right on the surface. Some of the plays are dark comedies, and all of them have a degree of humor. But what unites all of the plays is that there are no heroes. These are not stories that tell you who you should listen to or who you should identify with. These are characters in a specific place in time, and you get to choose who you side with. These are not plays with easy answers.”
Robyn Rikoon | Artistic Director
March 2 – April 1
When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old second cousin are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family’s principles and parenting skills. This topical new play explores same-sex parenting, race, class, and family values in today’s America, as well as the danger of making assumptions. It was a finalist for the 2014 National New Play Network and has been produced in New York, Serbia, Ireland, and Italy.
April 6 – 15
The Playhouse welcomes back Maryland-based puppeteers Alex and Olmsted, who brought us Marooned! in 2022. HUBBA HUBBA is a collection of vignettes using puppetry and movement to explore romantic love. HUBBA HUBBA is a comedy that incorporates handmade mechanical objects, puppets, trick costumes, and masks to investigate love’s triumphs and obstacles. Featuring singing and music, shadow puppetry, physical comedy, and—as is expected from an Alex and Olmsted production—audience participation. All ages are welcome.
May 11 – June 10
Rust Belt factory workers share drinks, secrets, and laughs, but when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, two close friends find themselves on opposite sides of a labor battle in this warm-hearted, fast-paced drama that spans generations and includes a cast of characters ages 18 to 70. The winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, the play explores class, addiction, rage, racism, and the loyalties and betrayals that make up our social fabric.
June 15 – 24
In this solo show, a Latina child asks, during a school lesson on Rosa Parks, “Where did we sit on the bus?” Follow her from childhood to adulthood as she explores her family’s history, her identity as a first-generation American, and what the world will be like for her future children. Originally an autobiographical show by Quijada, Chavez performs this journey of self-discovery with Latin beats, hip-hop, and dance. All music is played live and looped by Chavez.
July 13 – Aug 12
When British, newly orphaned Monty Navarro discovers he’s ninth in line to inherit the Earldom of Highhurst, he decides to murder every member of the high-society D’Ysquith family standing in his way, all the while keeping a mistress, Sibella Hallward, and courting the young Phoebe D’Ysquith. In this laugh-filled musical, the same actor plays all eight of the doomed heirs. A Gentleman’s Guide won four Tony Awards in 2014, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
Aug 24 – Sept 10
Now in its 101st year, the Fiesta Melodrama is Santa Fe’s oldest theatrical tradition, written in-house by anonymous locals. The Melodrama is our community’s farcical Year in Review, skewering politicians, public-school policy, police, the press, and everything else that makes Santa Fe so “different.” In 2023, 10-year Melodrama veteran Felix Cordova will step into the director’s chair.
Begins August 17
Featuring an all-Indigenous cast, this hilarious twist on the 1978 classic, Grease, reimagines the beloved musical as culturally relevant with Indigenous humor and pride. Bear Grease is the brainchild of Crystle Lightning (Cree) and MC RedCloud (Huichol), a husband-and-wife hip-hop duo who go by the name LightningCloud.
Oct 19 – Nov 18
At an abandoned motel on a desolate American road, a distraught mother waits to be reunited with her runaway daughter. Out of desperation, she puts her trust in a private investigator, but no one is who they seem in this edge-of-your-seat, noir-style thriller. Family bonds are pushed to their limits in a gritty story of shocking twists.
Nov 28 – Dec 23
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the warehouse, a creature was stirring—an elf! It’s Christmas Eve and two men in a warehouse of borderline-legal merchandise discover an intruder in an elf costume. Or is he on a mission from the North Pole, sent to London to spread the truth about Christmas? Things get more complicated when Cherry arrives, demanding some hard-to-get swag—a Power Ranger for her kid. A seriously twisted, blatantly irreverent holiday comedy for the adults in the family.
Designed to nurture and develop writers from New Mexico and its bordering states: Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona. The theme for the 2023 Season’s New Play Reading Series centers around WATER. Plays will be presented on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, 2023, with audience choice encores on Sunday, January 29, 2023.
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Based on true and untrue events, Every Brilliant Thing is a life-affirming story of depression, resilience, and the power of human connection. This internationally acclaimed story is humorous and sincere, a celebration of finding joy in the everyday.
CloudTop Comedy presents
LOVE SUCKS: A Comedy Tribute to The Single Life
If you’re burnt out on dating apps, out of town weddings, and the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, join us for a night of throwing shade and so much more!
Last summer, the Santa Fe Playhouse invested in its first-ever Youth Theater Intensive Program. We welcomed young artists, ages 12-17, to experience two weeks of focused pre-career theater training that ended with mock auditions and a public performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As part of our 2023 Season, we are proud to announce a three week program, focusing on As You Like It and a musical component.
Playhouse Studio workshops and intensives return in 2023 with a more robust and extensive curriculum. By offering classes to the Santa Fe community, we seek to deepen our bonds to local actors and theater artists, whether they are professionals or just dipping their toes in the water of this form.