The joys and frustrations of the holidays are humorously and dramatically portrayed in the Santa Fe Playhouse’s new production “Seasoned Greetings!”
Directed by Vaughn Irving and written and performed by a multi-generational cast consisting of Mairi Chanel, Deborah Dennard, Rebecca Jimenez, Rose Provan, Marguerite Louis Scott and Kachina Walker, the show draws from the actors’ past holiday experiences. It opens on December 7 and runs through December 24.
“We have some collaborative scenes, but we also do a series of monologues about holiday cards and letters we’ve written,” explains Chanel. “The play is a mix of both the good and the bad.”
“There’s some hard stuff about the holidays that brings forth complicated emotions,” Chanel continues. “There’s realness in the show. I’d call it charming, with a touch a reality.”
Auditioning for “Seasoned Greetings!” involved acting out a piece of original writing. “I’ve always written as a hobby,” says Chanel, who has performed with several different theater companies in town, “so this was great for me.”
The Santa Fe Playhouse, the oldest continuously running theater in the West, provides opportunities for emerging directors, actors, designers and technicians to gain hands-on experience by working side-by-side with professionals in their field.
“Seasoned Greetings!” is the Santa Fe Playhouse’s final production of the year. A special holiday party and performance takes place at the theater on Christmas Eve.