2018 / 2019 Season at The Fusion Theatre in New Mexico

September 13th - 30th


A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 

by Lucas Hnath

Directed by Gil Lazier


 
She's back! She's bold! Fifteen years since Nora left the confines of her marriage, playwright Lucas Hnath picks up her story where Henrik Ibsen's classic left off. In this timely sequel, Nora's found her voice as she passionately and intelligently challenges the inequalities in the lives of women while revisiting the intimate relationships of her past. During the 2017 Broadway run, actress Laurie Metcalf won her first career Tony Award for her portrayal of Nora.
 
Described as a "rock star" playwright, Mr. Hnath has received the Kesseiring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play and an Obie. Musing on his shift from science to writing while attending NYU - "I didn't think I was very good with words. But then when I was in New York I discovered Caryl Churchill here, I discovered Richard Foreman, and I tipped over and transferred into Dramatic Writing."
 
"A Doll's House, Part 2" gives vibrant theatrical life to the conversations that many of us had after first reading or seeing its prototype, conducted in our own minds or perhaps over blunts and beers in dorm rooms. - Ben Brantley, New York Times
 

 

​November 29th - December 15th


ESCAPED ALONE 

by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Jacqueline Reid


Sally, Vi, Lena, and Mrs. Jarrett gather in the backyard on one of the few sunny afternoons. They come together to discuss things. They discuss the absurd, the sublime, the ridiculous, and the most remarkable events of life on earth. Cloaked in mystery, what appears as the ordinary labyrinth of women's middle class existences slowly unravels into a profound expression of fear shared by the many, but revealed by the few.
 
As a multiple Obie Award winner, Caryl Churchill's writing career encompasses such noted works as Cloud Nine, Top Girls, and A Number in addition to her prolific work for film and television. "At 78, she's inarguably one of Britain's greatest living playwrights, and this particular work, her newest, is funny, charming, and alarming, encapsulating an impossible amount into its brisk running time." - Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
 

 

A Staged Reading

​January 24th - 27th,  2019

MATERNAL SPIRITS

by James Caputo 


A full length comedy written by one of the winning playwrights of THE SEVEN

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In a continued commitment to bringing new works to the stage, FUSION will once again host a full-length work by one of the winners of THE SEVEN, the company's annual short works festival.  Last season featured: THE MIRACLE OF BALLYDONAL by James Caputo and ANGEL FOOD CAKE by Kelli Lynn Woodend. This staged reading is part of the NEW WORKS NEW MEXICO series.
 

 

March 21st - April 7th

METEOR SHOWER 

by Steve Martin

"Nothing energizes a marriage more than a common enemy," delivers Corky, joyously, to her beloved Norm in Steve Martin's (that would be THE comic genius Steve Martin) comedy set in Ojai, California, 1993. On the eve of a brilliant meteor shower, Corky and Norm invite Laura and Gerald over for drinks, a nosh, and a little stargazing. Throughout sixteen variations on a theme, the quartet explores the push and pull of desire. Powered by his keen interest in relationships and the psychology that feeds them, Martin literally "plays" with the many manifestations of he/she intimate communication. "Mr. Martin is peerless at crafting tiny wit bombs, and always has been." - Jesse Green, New York Times. Playing on Broadway in 2017, METEOR SHOWER was a star vehicle for yet another comic genius, THE great Amy Schumer!
 

 

A Workshop Production

​April 25th - 28th

THE UNFORGETTABLE 

by Laurie Thomas and Isaac Lipkowitz
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As part of the NEW WORKS NEW MEXICO series, FUSION presents a multi-media piece exploring the script of one's life. When does a memory invite the beautiful and when does it haunt? Can you become obsolete? Can the character you play in life fail and if the truth be told, what might it be? Using dance, film, and spoken word, The Unforgettable floats these ideas through the delirious experience of a woman at war with her world.
 

 

June 6th - 9th


THE SEVEN 

14th Annual
​Short Works Fest


FUSION once again will present the audience favorite, The Seven.  Playwrights from around the world submit their 10 page plays, all based-upon a single theme, which will be chosen by you, our patrons, later in the year.  A jury reads the scripts and seven winning plays are chosen, all to be performed in the same evening.

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