The Different Festival

September 27 – October 24

Santa Fe Playhouse’s short play festival is back! 2018 marks the 17th anniversary of Benchwarmers, a series of brand new 10-15 minute plays written by New Mexican Playwrights.


Broken Off – by Robert Benjamin
Incarnadine – by Alix Hudson
The Julian Box – by John Cullinan
The Explaining Room – by Helen Rynaski
One More Coffee – by Michael Burgan
That’s Five – by Kita Mehaffey
The Bench – Bronwen Denton Davis
The Garden Stalker – by Janyth & Paula Fell

Featuring the local talents of Amanda Cazares, Nicholas Coffey, Don Converse, Cynthia Coulter, Veronica Everett, Shawn Wayne King, Patti O’Berg, and Marguerite Louise Scott.


Ticket Info

Benchwarmers runs Thursdays–Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets are $25 for Adults; $20 for Seniors, Teachers, & Military; $15 students.

Special Events and pricing:
Preview on Thursday, September 27th – Tickets are $15 for everyone
Opening Night on Saturday, September 29th – Tickets are $30 for everyone; Party starts at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm

The Different Readings

Where is Everybody
Saturday, September 29th at 2pm
Sunday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Comedy: A retiring high school physics teacher attempts to connect with his two adult sons by engaging in his oldest son’s imaginative entrepreneurial ideas. The title of the play eludes to the Fermi Paradox, which asks why we haven’t seen signs of intelligent life in the universe despite the overwhelming statistical probability that we should. Through this lens, the play asks big questions about the universe and our place within it.

Intellectual Property
Sunday, September 30th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 6th at 2pm
Dark Comedy:  The main character in misanthropic novelist Victor Pagán’s third novel is Vivien Langford, who happens to be the world’s biggest and sexiest movie star. Vivien Langford, however, is a flesh-and-blood human being — an accomplished writer herself — and she’s having none of it. Outraged by his unwanted misappropriation of her persona, she immediately sues to stop the book’s distribution. But she goes further — much further.  Based on true events.
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Saturday, October 13th at 2pm
Sunday, October 21st at 2pm
Drama: North is a modern tragedy and a love story. In the dying industrial North, a very old but still strong-willed man fights to retain his dignity and protect the woman he has loved for seventy years. But the relentlessness of time turns his strength into weakness, and leads to tragic consequences.

Sunday, October 14th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 20th at 2pm
Drama:  Haunted by her role in her lover’s drug overdose death, Aubrey Gagnier, a heroin addict, seeks out Ivan Stillman, a grave digger and coffin maker. Aubrey believes Ivan can speak with the dead, which he denies. Regardless of his denial, Aubrey implores Ivan to speak with her deceased lover. After Aubrey’s addiction creates chaos in Ivan’s orderly world, Ivan reveals his tragic past. They soon become each other’s best hope not just to survive, but to live.