Robert Benjamin’s ‘Salt and Pepper’ Opens Friday at Teatro Paraguas

Tone Forest and Jennifer Graves perform a scene. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Santa Fe Rep and Teatro Paraguas present Salt and Pepper, a humorous play about maturing by Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin.

The play opens Nov. 1 for nine performances. Beth Kennedy Jones directs a stellar and seasoned cast, including Alaina Zachary, Fran Martone, Deborah Dennison, Deborah Hayden, Tone Forrest, Kerry Kehoe, Larry Glaister, Rick Vargas, and Tad Jones.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 1-10 at Teatro Paraguas Studio, 3205 Calle Marie. Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors and students. For reservations and information, call 505.424.1601 or visit Teatro Paraguas online at

Salt and Pepper is a tightly interwoven collection of upbeat tales about maturing with grace, courage and humor. The play’s journey is from a Santa Fe park to a bed-and-breakfast inn to a post office and more. These are heartwarming stories of rekindled romance, love and loss, healing, acceptance, gift giving and receiving. It’s a roller-coaster of poignant stories and sparkling characters who celebrate the hopefulness and pathos of maturing today.

Salt and Pepper premiered to rave reviews at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon in June 2013, followed by a popular production at the Metta Theatre in Taos in August. The preceding script development included public readings at Nashville, Tenn., Dramatists Guild at New York City and a standing-room-only performance at Teatro Paraguas in February 2013.

The Dixon production was reviewed in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Read the review here.

Rick Vargas and Deborah Dennison in ‘Salt and Pepper.’ Courtesy photo

Future bookings for Salt and Pepper include an Off-Off-Broadway production at The Spiral Theatre Studio, New York City (with the title, Wrinkles), Prescott, Ariz., and Amissville, Va.

Santa Fe productions and readings by Robert F. Benjamin include Parted Waters (stage and touring shows by Teatro Paraguas), Time Enough, Galileo’s Footsteps, Yogurt Security, Stuck, Offsides, Working Out and Treason.

Salt and Pepper is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe Arts Commission and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.





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