Season 16

Season 16

An Extraordinary Season With Its Sleeves Rolled Up! "Democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, theater, poems, schools, theology; displacing all that has been produced under opposite influences." - Walt Whitman Thinking around and toward the work of this, our 16th season in New Mexico, and its nearly forty years as a Company, brought back these words of the mature Whitman. The statement comes from that period of his work that reads like maps, diagrams – work which points to a way to go, not a way to feel. The first 15 seasons in New Mexico have brought 101 main stage productions that ranged through great classic works, plays by new American playwrights (including several premieres), some small operas and several pieces built entirely on stories gathered from people’s lives. There have also been many projects in communities, internships, apprenticeships, school visits and a long series of post-performance discussions and encounters with playwrights. It has been carried on with great passion and… great heat. The future calls for the coolness of the deer walking through the entangled mountain landscape, disturbing little, yet coolness: fashioning survival, carrying out a system of balances that frame her life in power … in beauty. The future calls for detachment: the detachment which allows the thing to grow without claims; the detachment which allows the thing to flourish without the burden of easy passions. The hand on the plow is detached, cool. Those who work to build a restored commonwealth will have to learn to be both. No simple task, but then… So, THEATERWORK found itself needing to address many things: ways of working, ways of creating contexts for work. One idea is startling in its directness. It suggests, for example, that artists and cultural workers who are standing in lines or waiting at home for resumes to turn the tide – or staring out of classroom windows – just hop a bus for home (either places of origin or communities of choice) and work there. Who will grant permission? Who will authorize such a reconciliation? Who will fund the new centers of work, risk and empowerment ? An old question for this Company has been “What needs doing?” Let Hands Reach Out to Other Hands!: A Year On the Roads, In the Schools, Outside the Farms: “The people are a story that never ends, a river that winds and falls and gleams in many dawns. The people are a story that is a long, incessant coming alive from the earth in better wheat, babies, horses and engines – persistent and inevitable. The people always know that some of the grain will be good, some of the crop will be saved, some will return and bear the strength of the kernel; that from the bloodiest year some survive to outfox the frost.” - Meridel LeSeuer This season will include full out arts projects in the Mora Valley; work with four New Mexico playwrights on the development of new plays; a continuation of A Company of Poets in which five poets write and perform new work as well as the work of other poets; touring productions and readings made available to community centers, schools, hospitals, retirement centers and special gatherings; and opportunities for training in the work of community theater development. We will go wherever we can - wherever a door opens and an invitation calls for yes! A forty year history stands behind this.

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