Brenda Lynn Bynum and James Jenner, co-founders as well as artistic and managing directors of the New York-based The Oasis Theatre Company, are realizing a long-standing dream by presenting their production “Marriage by the Masters” at the Adobe Rose Theatre. This evening of three classic, one-act plays opens on July 13 and runs through July 30.
“We’ve been wanting to do theater in Santa Fe for quite some time,” explains Bynum. “We contacted the Adobe Rose Theatre after we read an online article about it in January 2016. Our companies share a lot in common.”
“Marriage by the Masters” is a presentation of George Bernard Shaw’s “How He Lied to Her Husband,” Anton Chekhov’s “A Marriage Proposal” and Molière’s “The Forced Marriage” starring Jenner and Santa Fe actors Corbin Albaugh, Patrick Briggs, Mairi Chanel, Kelly Kiernan, Monique Lacoste, Hamilton Turner and John Widell.
“We did these plays in New York about 10 or 15 years ago,” explains Bynum. “One of the things we like about this production is that actors get to play two or three characters in every play and really stretch themselves.”
“How He Lied to Her Husband” is about a married, aristocratic woman named Aurora who’s having an affair with an attractive younger man. When she loses love poems he has addressed to her, she becomes fearful that her husband will find them.
In “A Marriage Proposal,” Chekhov shows how complicated a potential marriage agreement can be when property, love and romance are involved.
“The Forced Marriage” is a tale of a money-minded bride-to-be. “It’s almost like a circus,” says Jenner. “Characters come in and out in what’s a wild adventure.”
The Oasis Theater Company is transforming the Adobe Rose Theatre into an amphitheater with an unusual seating arrangement. “The Adobe Rose’s space is beautiful and similar in set-up to our space in New York,” says Bynum. “It has a really comfortable quality to it.”