“The Day the Bar Scene Died” was written by Kelly Huertas and performed by Nicholas Ballas.

About the artists:

Nicholas Ballas began his professional acting career with a formal apprenticeship with the Theatre at Monmouth in Maine. He subsequently performed in a number of regional repertory companies including Monmouth and The William Shakespeare Company in Maine and The New Mexico Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare in Santa Fe here in New Mexico. During the 80’s he founded and was Artistic Director of Santa Fe Actors Theatre, which ran for six seasons out of the Gross Kelly Warehouse in the Railyard. More recently, he has appeared on stage locally in Ironweed’s Death of a Salesman and Crucible, NMAL’s Sylvia, Art, Quality of Life, Ages of the Moon and in Doll’s House part 2 and No Man’s Land, which he also directs. Film and TV appearances include Midnight, Texas, Cliffs of Freedom, First Snow, Hallmark’s In from the Night, Pow Wow Highway, The Tao of Steve, Kickboxer IV, Crash, Katie Says Goodbye, Independence Day, recurring roles on ABC Family’s Wildfire, CW Network’s Roswell, New Mexico and the title role of the indie, The Incredible Voyage of Captain Hook. He produced the documentaries American Waitress, New Mexico (Sundance Channel) and Cinderella Stories, both of which were written and directed by Vanessa Vassar. Mr. Ballas holds an MFA from CalArts where he studied with Robert Benedetti. He currently is Artistic Director of New Mexico Actors Lab.

After receiving a BFA from the University of Georgia in 1985 followed by a ten-year stint in NYC acting and writing, Kelly Huertas moved to Santa Fe where she and her husband own and operate El Meson Restaurant. Kelly has been an active participant of the Santa Fe Playhouse since 2009, where she began as a playwright for Benchwarmers, culminating in a stint on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is thrilled to have a creative outlet during this time of quarantine. Thank you Robyn, David, Kent and the SFP.

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