Parted Waters

  • playwright: Robert Benjamin

  • director: Fran Martone

  • actors: Lisa Friedland, Tom Romero, Angelo Jaramillo, Argos MacCallum

  • set design: Tom Martone

  • light design: Skip Rapoport

  • graphic artist: Corinna MacNeice

  • tree sculpture: Fairley Barnes

  • santo: Raymond Lopez

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.

Fran Martone directs, and the cast includes Angelo Jaramillo, Tom Romero, Lisa Friedland, and Argos MacCallum. Tom Martone is set designer, and Skip Rapoport is lighting designer.

Parted Waters was first commissioned and produced by the Arizona Jewish Theater Company in Phoenix in 2008. The New Mexico premiere will be staged by the Enchanted Rose Theater in Albuquerque January 15-24, 2010.

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.

Teatro Paraguas Studio is located at 3221-B Richards Lane, which intersects with Henry Lynch Rd. (an extension of Richards Avenue) between Agua Fria and Rufina.

The production will also be presented at the Brian Fant Theater at Capital High School Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Feb. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. Capital High School is located at 4851 Paseo del Sol.

Ticket prices are $15 general, and &12 for seniors and students. Sunday matinees are “pay-what-you-wish”.

Los Alamos Monitor review, by Ellie Giovanielli:

*Raymond Lopez Santos:

*Fairley Barnes Sculptor: