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The Elliot Trilogy Is A Latino Family Epic

Photo by Carrie McCarthy
Rudy Fernandez (Grandpop), Juliet Salazar (Ginny), Luca Pacheco (Elliot), Niko'a Salas (Pop) in the Teatro Paraguas production of Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes";s

In a unique display of artistic collaboration, three Santa Fe theater companies are sharing production duties this fall on a prize-winning three-part drama.  At the center is Iraq War veteran Elliot Ortiz, who shares with the trilogy's playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes, family roots in Latin America and a hometown of West Philadelphia.  Staged in repertory by Teatro Paraguas, Santa Fe Playhouse, and Ironweed Productions, The Elliot Trilogy performs September 26 - October 13.

The plays cover over 50 years and multiple generations in Elliot's family.   Alix Hudson directs the first play in the trilogy, Elliot: a Soldier’s Fugue, and is the driving force behind the collaboration.  She paraphrases playwright Hudes saying, "When you see all three parts of the play you get this feeling of family suddenly.  You start to know the people, their patterns, how they're going to react.  For Elliot's growth, you have all this depth -- addiction, recovery, family traumas -- that you just won't get in one part."

Elliot: a Soldier’s Fugue, Produced by Teatro Paraguas
Presented at Teatro Paraguas, 3205B Calle Marie, Santa Fe
September 26 - October 13, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

Water by the Spoonful, Produced by Ironweed Productions
Presented at the Teatro Paraguas Studio Space, 3205A Calle Marie
October 3 - October 20 , Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

The Happiest Song Plays Last, Produced by Santa Fe Playhouse
Presented at Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E De Vargas St.
October 10 - October 27, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM. For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.