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Theater company to perform Los Alamos playwright’s work

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By Kirsten Laskey

Theater buffs in Los Alamos and throughout New Mexico have been privileged with multiple opportunities to see Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin’s work. Now, the privilege is crossing state lines.

The Arizona Jewish Theater Company commissioned Benjamin to write a play and starting March 14 through March 29, Benjamin’s play, “Parted Waters,” will be performed at the Performing Arts Center at the Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.

Benjamin explained the production director really liked his work.

“She didn’t see another one of my plays, but she did read one of my plays,” he said.

Benjamin was requested to write a play on theme of “crypto Jews,” or Hispanics who have Jewish heritages from a long time ago.

The history, he said, was in the year 1492, when Jews were expelled from Spain, unless they converted to Catholicism.

However, some Catholic converts had an underground Jewish identity. Some of them came to Mexico, Benjamin said, and some ended up in New Mexico.

In “Parted Waters,” the story centers on three generations of a Hispanic family in northern New Mexico: a grandfather, father and son.


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