Santa Fe Playhouse Presents 101st Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama

Riley Merritt and Tristan Ikeda in rehearsals. Courtesy/C Stanley Photography

SFP News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Playhouse (SFP) presents the 101st Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama, written by Bawdy and Beautiful Santa Feans and directed by Melodrama veteran Felix Cordova.

Fiesta Melodrama will run Aug. 23 through Sept. 10, on the mainstage (142 East De Vargas St. in Santa Fe), 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays (Schedule exceptions: No Sunday matinee Aug 27; Friday, Sept 3 performance is at 4 p.m.; Sunday, Sept 10 has an additional 7:30 p.m. performance).

Now in its 101st year, the Fiesta Melodrama is Santa Fe’s oldest theatrical tradition, written in-house by bawdy and bold anonymous Santa Feans. The Melodrama is the community’s farcical Year in Review, skewering politicians, public-school policy, police, the press, and everything else that makes Santa Fe so “different.” 

With Felix Cordova, Haly Etlantus, Lucy Felt, Tristan Ikeda, Riley Merritt, Nick Pelton, and Debra Weiner.

Featuring scenic design by James W. Johnson, costume design by Talia Pura, sound design by Goiyo Perez, choreography by Laura Orozco-Garrett, music direction by Theo Kutsko, props design by Shawna Howley, and stage management by Ashlinn Barber-Woeltjen and Shawna Howley. 

Tickets range from $15 – $75 (Pay-What-You-Will sliding scale pricing Aug. 23; Rush tickets begin Aug. 25), and can be purchased by calling 505.988.4262, visiting, or in-person one-hour before showtime.

Running Time: 90 Minutes.

Suitable for Ages 11+


Santa Fe Playhouse (SFP) is a community-based professional theater in historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, supported by an experienced staff and overseen by a local Board of Trustees. Producing out of a 99-seat historic adobe theater, SFP presents multiple mainstage productions every year, the annual Fiesta Melodrama, new work development, and Playhouse Studio, an educational program. SFP welcomes over 8,000 patrons into the theater from northern New Mexico, the greater US, and worldwide with a mission of connecting artists and audiences to engage in dialogue to examine, uplift, challenge, and heal. Learn more at

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