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exhibitions
December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived performances
Sep 9 Wednesday, September 9
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

Woodland Pattern is happy to host Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos’ The Hall of Final Ruin as part of Renaissance Theatreworks' Br!NK New Works Festival

 

The Hall of Final Ruin

Doña Gertrudis ‘La Tules’ Barcelo, the high-stakes gambler and wealthy madrina of 19th century Santa Fe, is determined to die a good death and be buried in the floor of her beloved church, La Parroquia. But before she can leave this mortal world, the cunning cardshark must cope with the eccentric aspirations of her granddaughters, unload an unwieldy fortune in gold coins, and orchestrate a final card game in which the fate of her eternal soul and her entombment ‘under the feet of Santa Fe’ ultimately rests.

 

Cast

La Tules..............................Michelle Lopez-Rios

Carmelita.............................. Kathiamarice Lopez

Rallitos..............................Alejandra Gonzalez

Pilar..............................Joanna Kerner

Sister Jane..............................Deborah Clifton

Dona Sebastana..............................Rana Roman

 

Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos on The Hall of Final Ruin

The Hall of Final Ruin is an allegorical representation of my own experiences as an "Anglo" American integrating into a heavily Hispanic and Native American culture. I use the historical lens of 19th century Santa Fe - and the real life of Doña Gertrudis 'La Tules' Barcelo - to interrupt contemporary immigration rhetoric and explore the ways in which this upended view of immigration, in which the white Protestant is "the Other," impacts the Barcelo family.

 

I designed the play to serve as a reminder of the basic history of the American Southwest, the sequence of events that lead to its inclusion into the Union, and the virtually unknown but critical contributions of Anglo, Hispanic, and Indian women. The play is meant to provoke conversations about the notion of "immigrant/undocumented/illegal," conflicting ideas of femininity and morality, the cost of conquest and colonialism, the value of alternative history, and the peculiar ways religion determines motivations.

 


 

Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos’ plays include TO TREAD AMONG SERPENTS, THE HALL OF FINAL RUIN, THE RESURRECTION OF THE PUBLICK UNIVERSAL FRIEND, EL LORO, EL GATO Y EL ESPÍRITU SANTO (or The Parrot, the Cat, and the Holy Ghost), and THE SHOW MUST NOT GO ON! Her work has been produced or developed by the Something Marvelous Festival of Magical Realism (Chicago), The Bechdel Group (NYC), Renaissance Theatreworks, Jacksonville State University, Raices Theatre Company, and the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Winner of the 2014 Southern Playwrights Competition, McBurnette-Andronicos is a member of the Playwrights’ Center, the Civic Playwrights, and an emeritus member of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company. She is a consultant with the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble at Cornell University and holds a degree in theatre and English literature from the University of New Mexico.

 

Renaissance Theaterworks’ Br!NK Award is presented annually to Midwestern female playwrights to develop and advance their work. Our first Br!NK Series in August 2014 was so well received that it has been expanded to a weekend festival and touring readings to select locations.

 

Other venues include Broadway Theatre Center, Oconomowoc Arts Center, and 42 Ale House in Saint Francis.

 

See the full 2015 Br!NK schedule here.