Pajarito Players to present free readings Feb. 3, 11

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The Pajarito Players will present free staged readings of the play “Still in the Game” by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin, an upbeat family drama about aging with grace, courage and humor.

The readings will be at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3 and 11 at the Los Alamos County Libraries.

Following the performances audiences can participate in a talkback with director, cast and playwright.  Also, the library will provide a display of library books related to the play’s themes.

In the play, David, who is recently widowed, strives to restart his life. His adult daughter Dawn lashes out at him for romancing. After his fling ends, he tries speed-dating, where he meets Ruby (60s), garbed in her new emotional care-wear.

Sparks fly when David’s eccentricity undermines Ruby’s insistence on protocol.  Years later, David’s relationships with Dawn and Ruby take unexpected turns as he grapples with end-of-life issues. En route to tour a residential hospice, a wacky encounter with a policewoman complicates his plan. Where can he best find peace and spirituality while staying closely connected with loved ones?

The performance features local actors Pat Beck, Dianna Duerre, Trish Ebbert, Tom Farish, Namrata Menon, and Kate Ramsey.

Before coming to Los Alamos, “Still in the Game” had workshop productions in Santa Fe in August 2017 and Denver, in October 2017, and Loveland, Colorado 2016.

It’s the third of a trilogy of Benjamin’s plays related to aging.

The production will be at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Mesa Public Library, upstairs, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamo, and at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the White Rock Public Library in the multipurpose room, 10 Sherwood Blvd.

Pajarito Players is a touring theater troupe dedicated to performing plays based on the needs of the community. Anyone interested in directing, writing, acting, or any other aspect of theatre or performance is welcome to join Pajarito Players. Email pajaritoplayers@gmail.com for more information.