A scene from Patient’ by Caroline Evarts. Cassandra Bowman plays a patient who uses a wheelchair because the medications she is given make her unsteady. After a dispiriting session with her doctor a visitor attempts to lift her up again. Courtesy/LALT
A scene from ‘A Life’ by Gary Dontzig’s. The play introduces two characters played by Emily Pimental and Kevin Pelzel who meet on a playground as children and follows them through their teenage years, into adulthood and finally old age. Courtesy/LALT
“8×10 Six”, the final production in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s 75th anniversary season, features an entertaining potpourri of short plays written by local playwrights.
“The 8x10s are full of variety,” actor Teresa Bradford said. “Acting in a 10-minute play is fun because you have to know your character well and be able to introduce them to the audience in just a few lines.”
The show will be performed 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 3-18, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 12.
As structured, Act 1 contains all the pathos and Act 2 all the goofiness, and audiences will first have their heart strings tugged and then their funny bones vibrated during the performance, she said.
The format of eight short plays gives newcomers a chance to break into the theatre without the rigor and time commitment of a full production.
“It’s a rare opportunity to be able to participate in the performing arts even when my personal schedule is very full and I’m untried,” LALT’s Angel Virgilio said. “The 8X10 plays allow me to join a great ensemble.”
The show also gives experienced thespians a chance to branch out in new directions.
“As an actor and producer who has never directed, the 8x10s is a great opportunity to get my feet wet in directing a 10-minute play,” Elisa Enriquez said. “It’s been fun and much less stressful than directing an entire show.”
Enriquez, who usually performs in musical theatre, has embraced a dramatic part in this production.
“I am enjoying playing Janice in DWI. It has been immensely rewarding to play this role,” she said.
Virgilio likewise has enjoyed her introduction to the stage. “Working with LALT is a fantastic experience, from the combined experience, the talent, and the excitement that pervades the group. It’s also a joy to see new works and the contribution of first-timers to the stage,” she said.
More information about the show is available at www.lalt.org.
Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, CB FOX or at the door. Prices are $15 general admission and $13 for seniors or students.
Los Alamos Little Theatre is a member-driven, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has been presenting community theatre since 1943 for the entertainment and engagement of northern New Mexico audiences.
Information is available at www.lalt.org, where you can also sign up for email notices of readings, auditions, workshops, performances and special events.