2018 Melodrama

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2018 Melodrama

September 2, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0

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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 9, 2018

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 9, 2018

SOLD OUT for all performances. 


August 23–September 9, 2018

Written by a team of courageously anonymous writers
Directed by Andrew Primm and Vaughn Irving

Now in it’s 99th year, the Fiesta Melodrama is the longest running theatrical tradition in the western United States. The Santa Fe Playhouse, originally known as the Santa Fe Community Theater, first presented a melodrama in 1919.

Every year, this Santa Fe tradition lampoons local politicians and issues through the lens of an “Old West” style melodrama. Penned by an anonymous committee of writers, the Fiesta Melodrama is presented as part of the Fiesta de Santa Fe celebration.

So, what’s in store for 2018? Well, when “smooth-operator” Richard Phillip-Lay comes to town, most Santa Feans are entranced by the culture, modernity and jobs he’s promised to bring with him. But La Reina Lorena and investigative journalist Calamity can’t help but see through his facade. Will our heroes discover his dastardly plan in time to save Santa Fe and Fiestas before it’s too late? Will a certain arts collective help them, or turn the other way? When will they finish painting the lane markings on Paseo de Peralta? And what will become of the Midtown Campus? These answers and more at the 2018 Fiesta Melodrama!

Co-director Andrew Primm says the melodrama has the potential to attract people who don’t usually go to the theater, partially because “comedy and politics are like Siamese twins — they feed into each other naturally.”

Written by a team of courageously anonymous writers. Directed by Andrew Primm and Vaughn Irving. Performed by Christina Comer (Calamity); Roxanne Tapia (Lorena); Evan Galpert (Dick); Felix Cordova (Buck); Phil Johnson (Horse); Katie Johnson (Molly); Scott Plunket (Don Coyote); Tristan Van Cleave (Mia Wulf); Micky Dolan (Kid); Lulu Sulich (Kid); Reyna Valladarez (Kid); Michelle Artiaga (Townsperson); Cliff Russell (Townsperson); Mitchell Gustin (Piano Player).


Showtimes are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.
There is no performance on August 31st 
Late Night Performance on September 7th at 10pm

Tickets are $25 General Admission, $20 for Seniors, Teachers and Military, and $15 for Students.

Special Events – Preview on Thursday, August 23 – Tickets are $15 for everyone.
LGBTQ Night on Friday, August 24th – Regular Ticket Pricing, but there will be door prizes!
Opening Night Reception on Saturday, August 25th – Tickets are $30 for everyone.



September 2, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Santa Fe Playhouse
142 E. De Vargas St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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