By Steven Robert Allen
For the fifth year in a row, the Words Afire theater festival sets Albuquerque ablaze with a host of new work by up and coming UNM playwrights. From 10-minute wonders to full-length plays, Words Afire presents some of the best theater UNM's prestigious Robert Hartung Dramatic Writing Program has to offer. Every piece is written, directed, designed and performed by over 100 UNM students.
The festival will run for roughly three weeks, from Nov. 3 through Nov. 21, at the Tricklock Performance Space, the Vortex Theatre, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and UNM's Theatre X. Mainstage events include a play by Lou Clark, Admissions, at Theatre X (Nov. 3-6 at 7:30 p.m.); a mini-festival of short plays called Out of Bounds at Tricklock (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 12-21, at 8 p.m.); and All the Time and Juanito, plays by Don Garcia, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Nov. 11-13 at 8 p.m.).
In addition to productions of student work, several special events will occur during the festival that are well worth attending. Dionysus, a satirical review featuring sketch comedy, musical numbers and vaudevillian acts, returns after a four-year hiatus. This will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. throughout the duration of the festival. And Obie Award winning experimental playwright Mac Wellman speaks at Theatre X on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. following a staged reading of his new play, October Surprise. (The Wellman event is free.)
There's way more going on than I can possibly shoehorn into this column. For a complete roster of events, call 277-7331 or log on to www.unm.edu/~theatre/td/waf.html. To order tickets, call the theaters' box offices. Tickets for most events are $8 general, $6 students/seniors at Theatre X, Tricklock Theatre and Vortex Theatre; $10, $8 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Theatre X: 925-5858, www.unmtickets.com; Tricklock Performance Space, 254-8393; Vortex Theatre 247-8600; National Hispanic Cultural Center, 724-4771.
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