playwright: Robert Benjamin
Teatro Paraguas will present Parted Waters, a new gripping and humorous drama about Northern New Mexico by Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin, beginning February 11 for eleven performances through February 27, 2010
Parted Waters focuses on three Hispanic men-- grandfather, son, and grandson-- whose farm near Truchas has been in the family for generations. Grandfather Reynaldo tends the farm and is mayordomo (foreman) of the local acequia. His son Javier has struggled to build a high-tech career and care for his family in Albuquerque. His son Miguel has two college degrees, a promising career as a hydrologist, and is running for state office.
Besides diverging cultural values and life-styles, the familial bond is challenged by the fact that Reynaldo and Javier are aware of the family’s Crypto-Jewish roots, while Miguel is not. Javier is determined to bury that part of the family’s past. An unintended slur by Miguel during a political debate with his opponent Phyllis Goldstein, whose estranged daughter is Miguel’s campaign manager, nearly destroys the family but reveals the truth.
Teatro Paraguas’ production opens Thursday, February 11 at the Teatro Paraguas Studio and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 21.
Ticket prices are $15 general, and &12 for seniors and students. Sunday matinees are “pay-what-you-wish”.
*Raymond Lopez Santos: http://www.raymondlopezsantos.com