A tradition in Santa Fe since 1919, The Fiesta Melodrama is written in the style of those from the wild west, but with a twist. Lampooning local news and politics, The Fiesta Melodrama has been delighting crowds and embarrassing politicians since New Mexico was only seven years old. Book your tickets early because this is a tradition that sells out fast.

Now in its 99th year, the Fiesta Melodrama is the longest-running theatrical tradition in the western United States. Every year, this Santa Fe tradition lampoons local politicians and issues through the lens of an “Old West” style melodrama. Penned by a team of courageously anonymous 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!

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