The Albuquerque Theatre Guild has announced the following upcoming events:
Thru July 1 | Sunday at 2.
Rio de Lagrimas (River of Tears) - by Soledad Marjón Hindi, scored by Vivian Fernandez. This trilingual (Nahuatl, English, and Spanish) multimedia performance piece by Las Meganenas is based on the legend of La Llorona, the Wailing Woman. The piece begins in Mexico with La Malinche, Hernán Cortés’ estranged lover and the first mother of the Latin American mestizo race, whose despair over their broken relationship and the death of her children transforms her into La Llorona, roaming the Río Grande crying for the lost souls of her mestizo children. Her journey north to the Southwest ends at the United States/Mexico border in Ciudad Juárez, where, as the archetype of a grieving mother, she mourns the mistreatment, disappearance, and death of thousands of maquiladora, or factory workers, along the border. Not suitable for children under the age of 13. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, 724-4771, http://www.nhccnm.org Price: $15.
Thru July 1 | Sunday at 2.
Durang-Durang - by Christopher Durang, directed by Dagmar Garza, Sheila Freed, and Rose Provan. This first production in the “Durang in Shorts” Summer Festival, features six short works by the playwright. Info: The Desert Rose Playhouse, 6921 Montgomery Blvd NE, 881-0503, http://www.desertroseplayhouse.com Price: $12, $10 Students, Seniors, and ABQ Theatre Guild Members.
Thru July 15 | Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2.
Twelfth Night - by William Shakespeare, directed by Brian Hansen. The second of three plays in the annual Will Power! Festival. In one of Shakespeare's golden comedies and an enduring audience favorite, the festive, gently satiric plot revolves around twin siblings separated by a shipwreck. Mistaken identities lead to gender-bending romance, lots of high jinks and practical jokes, and a bevy of vivid comic characters. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $15, $10 on Thursdays; $10 student rush with valid ID.
Thru July 15 | Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2. Wednesday, July 4 at 3.
1776 - music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, directed by Shepard Sobel. This highly entertaining musical based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence focuses on the efforts of the brilliant and witty John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American Independence and to sign the document. It is warm, funny, enlightening and ultimately inspiring to all Americans. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. Info: Landmark Musicals at Rodey Theatre in UNM’s Fine Art Building, 925-5858, www.landmarkmusicals.org Price: $22, $20, $18. $2 discount for Seniors and Students. Additional discount for TLC members.
Thru July 21 | Saturdays at 10:30.
CHE-kspeare! - by Blackout and the Bard. Blackout Theatre Company once again takes part in the Vortex's Shakespeare festival late night improvised Shakespeare. Be amazed as Blackout's team, CHE-speare! creates an all new Shakespearean play in front of your eyes based off of audience suggestions. Complete with mistaken identities, love triangles, and all the Shakespearean insults you could want! Each show is brand new and you never know what can happen. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $6 at the door.
Thru July 28 | Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30.
Virginia Jones and the Curse of Nergal - by David Landau, directed by Eddie Dethlefs and Micah Linford. A mystery spoof of the Hollywood adventure films. The time, 1932. The place, Marlene's Cabaret in Liechtenstein. Wealthy explorer Sir Wallis Burgess is dead, his ashes in an urn he retrieved from the recently discovered tomb of the Mesopotamian God of the Underworld, Nergal. Some say he died of the curse. Others suspect his greedy wife, his mysterious mistress, his double-crossing partner or the dangerous followers of the Underworld God. It is up to adventuress Virginia Jones to discover which as well as what became of the map of the catacombs and the Eye of Nergal. To do so she must battle wits and skills with her arch nemesis the Baron DeFalcon, as well as their mutual desire for one another. Info: Foul Play Café, Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd, 377-9593, http://www.foulplaycafe.com Price: $55 includes dinner and the show (gratuity not included); $32 Children (10 and under, includes meal).