Real-life love stories published in the “Miss Lonelyhearts” column in the Winnipeg (Canada) Free Press inspired actor Talia Pura to write “Perfect Love,” a comedy exploring the imperfections found in relationships that premieres at Warehouse 21 from December 6 through 23.
Starring Pura, along with local actors Amanda Cazares, Tyler Nunez and Hamilton Turner, “Perfect Love” features 17 short scenes based on relationship problems that Pura, who moved to Santa Fe from Winnipeg, Canada several years ago, read about in the newspaper’s popular column.
“Each scene is about a relationship issue at a point of crisis,” explains Pura.
“People are behaving badly and making terrible choices. There are many sad and hilarious moments in the play. It’s filled with a lot of black humor.”
“Perfect Love” contains monologues and scenes with two, three and all four actors in them. One scene in the play is repeated four times in various places in the script. Although the same words are spoken, they convey a different meaning each time the scene is presented.
Pura wrote “Perfect Love” over a period of a few years and completed it in 2015. It received a successful reading at “FemFest 2013: Revelation and Revolution” in Winnipeg.
“Perfect Love” is one of close to three dozen plays that Pura has written during her more than 20-year-long career as a playwright. A former high school drama teacher and university professor who earned a master’s degree in creative writing, Pura is also an aerial artist and costume designer. To read more about this multi-talented artist, check out SFAJ’s profile of Pura by clicking here.
“The reason so many of the lines in “Perfect Love” are funny is because they are true,” says Pura. “People will recognize themselves in the characters in the play. They may cringe a little, too.”