September 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Albuquerque’s Fusion Theater Company in Santa Fe

“Theater from ‘down the hill’…"

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.

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There is a lot of theater “on the boards” this fall and winter season – from the Lensic to the University of Art and Design, and beyond.

Let’s start with the Lensic in this post.

From south of La Bajada, we have Albuquerque’s Fusion Theater Company making its first foray into Santa Fe with a season of four plays. The first, Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” arrives straight from its highly successful run at Lincoln Center, where it won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Play, was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle and was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The play focuses on a young novelist returning to her Palm Springs family home as she announces a completed memoir and her desire to unlock the lives they once had. As in all desert lands, mirage can transfix and trick the inhabitants and, as the heat gives way, reality comes into sharp and unrelenting focus.

The production, directed by Gil Lazier, comes to Santa Fe for performances on Friday, September 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 at 2 and 8 p.m., following the Albuquerque run.

It is the eve of World War II and two great minds, Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, collide as they take on faith, love, sex and the meaning of life. Mark St. Germain’s play manages to capture the hearts and souls of these two men with their wit, weaknesses, strengths and all that makes up the human experience. “Freud’s Last Session” comes to the Lensic for three performances: Friday, November 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Noember  17 at 2 and 8 p.m.

Next up is Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park”, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Norris’ masterpiece is a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each, exploding in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959 as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Three performances of “Clybourne Park” are set for Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March  23 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Humble Boy”, Charlotte Jones’ stunningly beautiful, funny, and poignant contemporary retelling of the Hamlet story completes this ambitious first season for Fusion Theater in Santa Fe. Thirty-five year old Felix Humble is a Cambridge astro-physicist in search of a unified field theory, when the sudden death of his father finds him returning to his middle England home and his difficult and demanding mother. Soon after returning home he realizes that his search for unity must include his own chaos theory both past and present. “Humble Boy”, winner of the Critics Circle Theater Award for Best New Play has only two performances scheduled for the Lensic: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8 at 8 p.m.

For tickets to all of these performances contact TicketsSantaFe.org or call the Lensic at 988-1234.

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