It’s that time of the year when the Santa Fe Playhouse pokes fun at Santa Fe and its political scene. The 2017 Fiesta Melodrama, which is directed by Andrew Primm and Vaughn Irving, jokes about the Santa Fe city council amidst a backdrop of state and national political antics.
Shows are presented at the playhouse’s East DeVargas Street theater from August 24 through September 10.
“When suspicious Texan cultural attache Boris Kofveve attempts to undo Santa Fe’s Sanguichary City status, it’s up to City Councilor Linda Villa-Mall and Canadian illegal immigrant beer brewer Dudley Brewright to save the day,” the Santa Fe Playhouse says in its press materials for the production.
“But with all of Santa Fe’s institutions having been defunded, every cultural and governmental function has to happen in the Rio Drama, the town dancehall. Will Governor Boozanna Martinis veto everything?”
The play features many colorful characters, including Essential Oyl who leads a therapy session and suggests that other characters light candles and check their auras.
Several big musical numbers, choreographed to music from a well-known Disney movie played on the piano by Sandra Schwartz, are an integral part of the production. “The melodrama is interactive,” explains Primm. “The audience is a character in the show. They are encouraged to cheer, hoot, holler and boo the villains.”
Written by an anonymous committee of seven, the production stars Felix Cordova, Evan Dallzel, Jerry Ferraccio, Katie Johnson, Libby King, Isabel Madley, Luca Pacheco, Tallis Rose, Cliff Russell, Sarah Spickard, Lulu Sulich, and Mark Westberg.
While the melodrama is suitable for all family members, a late night performance on September 2 is geared for an adult-only audience.