Summer in Taos is around the corner, but at Metta Theatre, it's 50 below zero and there's a blizzard howling through the walls of a secluded cabin in the wilds of northern …
Summer in Taos is around the corner, but at Metta Theatre, it's 50 below zero and there's a blizzard howling through the walls of a secluded cabin in the wilds of northern Alaska.
Inside, a man is soundly sleeping under a heap of blankets, while a young disheveled woman, in a bridal gown, pounds on his door and stumbles in. Stage lights up, and the drama ensues.
Taos thespians Janay Hair and Jeff Spicer will bring to life the Odenbear Theatre production of "Brilliant Traces" by Cindy Lou Johnson on Friday (May 10) through May 19 at Metta Theatre, 1470 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado.
According to artistic director Jim Hatch, "This play has so much to offer - a wild setting, with performances that make you laugh and make you sad and surprise you. A blizzard is raging outside and the cast are creating their own storm within the four walls of the cabin."
Taos theater veteran Jane Ayles is directing Hair and Spicer. "As soon as I had read the script I knew that I had to direct this play," she said. "It was so compelling. I think people are going to be surprised with the intensity, humor and magnetic connection these two actors have on the stage which makes you feel like the proverbial fly on the wall."
Hatch said this about the two stars of the drama: "Janay Hair is a new actress to Taos and a deeply talented one. Jeff Spicer is brilliant and better every role he takes on. Both Jane and I are very pleased and astounded at their depth." he said. "The Metta's resident set with rough wooden doors worked as a log cabin. This is an actor's play, which means you need two superb actors to make what amounts to paper on words live."
Hair said the writing had her hooked from the first read. "It had several anchors for me in my own personal life: spiritual awakening, trying to run from your past, finding out where your feet will take you and then discovering the dire importance of communication with others. We, in Taos, are united by this recognition of an energy beyond us and our specific knowing drawing us here. We each have our own journey to tell or not tell as we see fit, and I found this play embodies that Taos vortex in a beautifully erratic way. Our life journeys are rarely graceful, but they are beautiful in their own right."
She said the rehearsal process revealed "allusions to even greater themes, that I had not seen through my initial reads.This is a challenging play to achieve such a thing as the layers are deep, and I am still discovering new ideas as I dig deeper under the skin." She continued, "The play brings to the front that if we don't face that deeper self, something will happen in our waking life triggering us to wake up screaming. And that anticipated energy scares some of us into a deeper slumber of poor decisions or a brittle plastic facade. The play creates a poignant environment for others to find that catalyst within themselves, but the choice is their own to make regarding it."
Director Ayles said she hopes the audience will "identify with themes that are brought up in the script. Trust in relationships, whether you are really doing what you want in your life and not just what your family, siblings or society demand. I hope that everyone who comes to see this show will take away some ray of hope and it will inspire them to look for what is important to their life and go for it! I would like to think the people who love the show will be the ones who have the courage to do that."
Hatch said Odenbear's productions are "always professional and we try to produce the best production of which we are capable and our audience seems to agree. We try to bring a diverse and different drama to the stage, so it is always exciting to see what we will present."
Hair said everyone in Taos should see this play because it could remind you of the "importance of kindness, self-love, and communion with others powerfully. This play will change you. You will leave feeling more empowered to face yourself head on, leading to nothing but growth and stoic beauty. The choice to see that truth within yourself is yours."
Performances are Friday and Saturday (May 10-11) at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday (May 12) matinee is at 4 p.m. The schedule repeats May 17-19. Tickets are $18 at the door. For more information, call (575) 224-1702.
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