July 16, 2011 at 10:43 AM

New Mexico Teens Shine

"Santa Fe supports teen creativity..."

By Mary MacIntyre

Poetically Hungry

Mary MacIntyre writes incessantly, is an avid photographer, and a classic health food nut.

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Santa Fe supports teen creativity. Thanks to several grants a group of teens were able to write, produce, and perform 4 one act plays at Teatro Paraguas, 3221 Richards Lane, Santa Fe, NM. Argos MacCallum and crew sponsored the group. A Fork in the Road invited a talented youth group to write the plays. Copied from the program (http://teatroparaguas.org/home/index.php?n=ProductionAForkInTheRoad).

The four original one-act plays are:

'I Wore Flannel Today', by Jesse Koehler, directed by Miguel Chavez: 
Hardwell's Institute for the Insane ran out of room for their patients. So we began to stick our patients through fences.

'40 Years', written and directed by Tommy Roman 
Matthew McDowell is a mentally unstable man who has been imprisoned for the past 40 years for a crime he didn't commit. But, he learns a thing or two when young man, Jeremy Brown becomes his cell-mate.

'The Gentle Truth', written and directed by Raphael Aviles 
Isaac is on a journey though Buddha's way and finds himself dependent on others to end his one man journey of suffering.

Indication, written and directed by Jessica Lopez 
Indication explores the muddy definition of what indication is: 
\ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən\- The display of an idea rather than the embodiment of the idea.

The ensemble features Tommy Roman, Jessica Lopez, Raphael Aviles, David Tran, Anton Terrell, Clay Balsamo, Alli Rosales, Joseph Romero, Andrew Peterson, and Austin Shipp onstage, and Kassandra Rosales, Charine Gonzales, Franchesca Tharpe, Melissa Guthrie, and Miguel Chavez providing technical support.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, opening 
Friday, July 8 and closing Sunday, July 17. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors and students. For reservations and information please call 424-1601 or visit www.teatroparaguas.org.

Contact person: 
Tommy Roman 316-1397 <troman11@hotmail.com> 
Argos Maccallum 577-2679 <argos@teatroparaguas.org>

If you do not read this by Sunday, you may be able to persuade the ensemble to perform again for your venue.  Occasionally the youth ensembles are invited to schools or other locations throughout NM.

In case you forget how intense and perceptive teens can be, you really need to see these performances. The professionalism, thought, and great scripts bring poignant stories to the stage. Contemporary culture challenges these writers to address themes that they may to deal with frequently.  Their ideas are embedded with stark realities and little fluff.  The condensed drama contained in one act, tells a deep story and permeates the audiences' brains for a long time.

Go and support such talented and perceptive minds.  Also if you can, add to your donation to support future projects.

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