'Salt and Pepper' back by popular demand

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“Salt and Pepper,” a play by Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin will be back at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe. 

Showtimes will be Jan. 17-19. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees. 

“Salt and Pepper,” a humorous play about maturing by Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin, returns to Teatro Paraguas after eight sold-out performances in November. 

Beth Kennedy Jones directs a seasoned cast, including Tone Forrest, Larry Glaister, Jennifer Graves, Deborah Hayden, Tad Jones, Kerry Kehoe, Fran Martone, Ann Roylance, Rick Vargas and Alaina Warren Zachary.

“Salt and Pepper” is a tightly interwoven collection of upbeat tales about maturing with grace, courage and humor.  The play’s journey is from a Santa Fe park to a bed-and-breakfast inn to a post office and more.  Populated by whimsical, ripening characters, this play opens with a clash over the use of a public park.  It’s the day-home of seasoned Shakespearean actress fallen on hard times, yet an arrogant young filmmaker wants to use it this afternoon for a movie set.  

The final play of the collection is his film about old newlyweds at the grave of his first wife, and guess who’s cast as the new bride.  Between these bookends are heartwarming stories of rekindled romance, love and loss, healing, acceptance, gift giving and receiving.  

It’s a roller-coaster of poignant stories and sparkling characters who celebrate the hopefulness and pathos of maturing today.

“Salt and Pepper” premiered to rave reviews at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon (June 2013), followed by a production at the Metta Theatre in Taos (August 2013) and at Teatro Paraguas (November 2013). The preceding script development included public readings at Nashville, Tenn., the Dramatists Guild at New York City and a standing-room-only performance at Teatro Paraguas (February 2013).

Past bookings for “Salt and Pepper” include an Off-Off-Broadway production at The Spiral Theatre Studio, New York City (with the title, “Wrinkles”). Future productions include Prescott, Ariz., and Amissville, Va.

Santa Fe productions and readings by Robert F. Benjamin include “Parted Waters” (stage and touring shows by Teatro Paraguas), “Time Enough,” “Galileo’s Footsteps,” “Yogurt Security,” “Stuck,” “Offsides,” “Working Out” and “Treason.”

Teatro Paraguas Studio is at 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students. Reservations/information 424-1601, teatroparaguas.org.