Our Lady of Mariposa

WHAT: Our Lady of Mariposas, a play by Alix Hudson

WHEN: September 3-13, 2015 Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm. Sunday at 2:00 pm

WHERE: Teatro Paraguas Studio, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe

Tickets: $17 general admission, $12 limited income

(505) 424-1601 or <teatroparaguas@gmail.com>

Teatro Paraguas launches its 12th season with a premiere production of Santa Fe playwright Alix Hudson’s play Our Lady of Mariposas, beginning Thursday, September 3, 2015

The play, which builds a story of a family in southeastern New Mexico around the massive die-off of monarch butterflies in the winter of 2002, will be presented at Teatro Paraguas Studio through Sunday, September 16.

Manuel (played by Jason Jaramillo), an immigrant from Mexico, is trying to raise his

7-year-old daughter Esperanza (played by Maya Sanchez) alone after his wife Estrella has inextricably disappeared. The only clue to her whereabouts are cryptic postcards without return addresses posted from different cities. The play unfolds as a memory play related by Esperanza as a grown woman (played by Rosario Roybal). The next-door neighbor in the run-down apartment complex, Kate (played by Liza Frolkis), tries to help the father and daughter as they wait and hope for Estrella’s return. The three are also waiting for the return migration from Mexico of the monarch butterflies. The cast is rounded out by Manuel’s work buddies, Dave (played by Tomás Rivera) and Eulogio (played by Daric Gutierrez). Guitarist JoJo Sena de Tarnoff performs original music throughout the play. The cast have allappeared in previous Teatro Paraguas productions

Our Lady of Mariposas, directed by Argos MacCallum, is the latest offering by TP of plays by New Mexico playwrights. Other New Mexico playwrights include Shebana Coelho, Angelo Jaramillo, Rosario Roybal, Linda Pedro de Martinez, Joey Chavez, Patricia Crespin, Mary Mier, and Robert Benjamin.

Teatro Paraguas will also present Our Lady of Mariposas at the National Hispanic Cultural Center as part of the ongoing Siembra Latino Theatre Festival with four performances beginning September 16, 2015. For more information on these performances please visit <www.nationalhispaniccenter.org>.

Founded in 2004 by a group of international artists and actors, TP is dedicated to producing bilingual poetry and theatre, and contemporary Hispanic/Latino plays. Since then, TP has staged 48 productions, including 12 in its ¡Poesía Viva! poetry performance series, which honors international and local poets who wrote in Spanish.

Alix Hudson is a teacher, playwright, and all-around theatre person. She graduated from Colorado College with a BA in play writing/drama in 2011, where she participated in close to 40 productions. She wrote her first draft of Our Lady of Mariposas in early summer 2011, when her life-long love of Monarchs and milkweed blended with an unshakeable image of a little girl, who could not stop asking where her mother was. Learning more both about the horrors in Grants and the vernacular richness of New Mexico has lead to the current version of this play.

Alix has done a variety of theatre onstage and backstage in northern New Mexico. Most recently she has had acted in TP’s Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda, had one acts featured in Fusion's The Second 7 and The Taos Gorilla Theater Festival, and directed a play, Sunrise at Otowi Bridge, as part of Los Alamos ScienceFest. She is currently working on a new play and her one act Incarnadine will be performed at the Los Alamos Little Theater in November as part of their 8x10 short play festival; she will also be directing Quiara Alegría Hudes' brilliant piece, Yemayá's Belly, at Teatro Paraguas in October.

She teaches bilingual, special education preschool in Santa Fe.

Director Argos MacCallum is a co-founder and current Executive Director of Teatro Paraguas. He has worked with various New Mexico theater companies since 1970, including Teatro Nuevo Mexico, Wise Fool New Mexico, and the Santa Fe Playhouse. His directorial credits include Life is a Dream, Fuenteovejuna, September Shoes, Camino Real, Fortunato, and El Delantal Blanco. He is also a stage and film actor, with appearances in Breaking Bad, Appaloosa, Night Shift, and other films.

Performances at Teatro Paraguas run Thursday, September 3 through Sunday, September 13, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $17 general admission and $12 limited income. Reservations may be made by calling 424-1601 or at <teatroparaguas@gmail.com>. Teatro Paraguas is located at 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.

Portrait of the playwright as a young girl

playing the role of Anza in Our Lady of Mariposas