September 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Theater on the Boards – Live at Greer Garson

“From Molière to Dracula…”

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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“Scapin”, adapted by Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell from Molière’s  “Les Fourberies de Scapin” (literally, "Scapin's Deceits") and directed by the University of Art and Design’s Jon Jory, opens the season at the Greer Garson Theater on October 5 with additional performances on October 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. The pattern is always the same for the season’s performances at the Greer: Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. for two weekends of performances of each show.

Irwin and O’Donnell keep this classic play in a period setting, while adding a late 20th-century spin on the language and action. Even with a few alterations and modernization of language, the play still retains much of its original structure. “Scapin” still has everything one might look forward to with Molière: star-crossed lovers, kidnapping, ransom, revenge and a perfect chase scene. I can’t wait.

“Count Dracula” as adapted by Ted Tiller and directed by guest director Shepard Sobel is on the boards November 30, December 1 , 2, 7, 8 and 9 starring Victor Talmadge, a professional actor and professor of acting in the Performing Arts Department at Art and Design.

This classic retelling of Bram Stoker's time-honored tale of horror, featuring Talmadge in the title role, comes a bit late for Halloween but could be seen as a pre-season treat for those who have a strange appetite in holiday festivities. A new meaning to having a Bloody Mary on Thanksgiving?

Next up and new to venerable Greer Garson season-goers is a Documentary Theatre Project  entitled “Water," created by students in the Documentary Theatre class during the Fall 2012 semester and directed by Talmadge. This new concept for the performing Arts Department takes us through the first half of the spring semester with performances March 1-3 and 8-10.

Researched and written by performing Arts Department students, this theater piece will be based on the theme of “water” and the impact this vital resource has on the northern New Mexico village of Agua Fria.

“Once on This Island”, with book and lyrics written by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, will be directed by Gail Springer for its performances that close out the Greer Garson’s season: April 19-21 and 26-28. This theatrical story, set in a Caribbean fantasy world, tells the tale of a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. Fantastical gods who rule the island guide the young girl on her quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death. “Once on This Island” garnered eight Tony® nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.

For tickets call the Tickets Santa Fe box office at the Lensic at 988-1234 or visit www.ticketssantafe.org.

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