Black Range Trilogy

3 one-act plays by Santa Fe poet/playwright John Macker

A searing portrait of a struggling New Mexico family on the wrong side of the law, directed by Noah G. Simpson and Argos MacCallum.

WHEN: May 26-June 11, 2023 | Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

COST: $25 general admission and $15 limited income

Special Full Moon Discount Saturday June 3

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Richards Eeds interview with directors Noah G. Simpson and Argos MacCallum on KTRC


The Trilogy opens with Esther and Leon, and the return of Leon (Daric Gutierrez) from another stint in jail for robbery.  His wife Esther (Lynette Gonzalez) has a long list of house repairs and requests for their growing brood. In spite of a troubling dream in which she confides her doubts to a  much older manifestation of herself about Leon’s intentions to reform, she succumbs once again to his bearhugs and charms.

In Coyote Acid, son Luke (Marcos Maez) returns from his own stretch in jail for robbery, following in his dead father’s footsteps. It’s thirty years later, and an older Esther (Esta Gutierrez) may or may not remember where the loot was buried, or even the names of the flowers she has planted for decades.

The Trilogy concludes with Sierra Oscura, and the burial of Esther in the back yard presided over by Father Garcia (Miles Blitch). Luke’s sister Marie (Elsa Lopez) has come up from Las Cruces. The siblings confront each other with the brutal truth of the family’s tortured history, and the possibility of redemption though a bitter sacrifice.


John Macker grew up in Colorado and studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He has published eight full-length books of poetry, 2 audio recordings and several broadsides over 30 years. His most recent are Atlas of Wolves, The Blues Drink Your Dreams Away, Selected Poems 1983-2018 (a 2019 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards finalist), Gorge Songs, and part three of his Badlands trilogy, Disassembled Badlands, published by Turkey Buzzard Press in Colorado in 2014. His book of stories and essays, Desert Threnody, was published in 2020, and contains Coyote Acid, act two of Black Range Trilogy.

Esta Gutierrez plays Esther in Coyote Acid

Lynette Gonzales and Daric Gutierrez play young Esther and Leon in Leon and Esther

Esta Gutierez as Esther and Marcos Maez as Luke                   Miles Blitch as Father Garcia, Marcos Maez as Luke    
in Coyote Acid                                                                                                 and Elsa Lopez as Marie in Sierra Oscura