For NMALs first production at the Swan Theater and also its first musical, Robert Benedetti will recreate the infamous 1937 opening night of this labor opera when the WPA forbade the opening of Orson Welles production of this incendiary show inspired by Bertolt Brecht.
Defying the WPA ban, Welles and producer John Houseman moved the expectant audience to a vacant theater where the show went on without sets, costumes, or lights, with Blitzstein alone at a rented piano. Forty years ago, Benedetti worked with Houseman to recreate this milestone of the American theater and he has subsequently directed four others. The NMAL production will be his third with noted composer/pianist Christian Matjias Mecca as Musical Director and performing the role of Blitzstein.
With Barbara Hatch, Jody Durham, Campbell Martin, and ten other favorite Santa Fe actors.
The show begins with a brief outdoor prelude; in case of rain we will move indoors.
The Swan (formerly the Adobe Rose) (View)
1213 Parkway Drive, B
Santa Fe, NM 87507