'Time Enough' to be shown in unique location

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By Kirsten Laskey

A whole range of meanings can be gathered from local playwright Robert Benjamin’s play, “Time Enough.” It’s up to each audience member to interpret the play for him- or herself. It seems only appropriate then, to show the play at a multitude of locations.

The play was shown at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque in 2006. The Los Alamos Little Theater performed the play in March and it was shown at the Texas/New Mexico Hospice Organization annual meeting that same month.

This month, the play will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to perform at the Covenant Healthcare System.

Benjamin said the cast and crew of the LALT production were invited to Lubbock after staff members from the health clinic saw the performance at the hospice meeting.

Benjamin said he is just “thrilled” to receive the invitation to have the show travel outside the state.

“It’s very exciting for me and for the rest of the cast and the director,” he said. “I’m trying to be supportive of the health care community (and this is) one way to do this.”

The play is about a man and a woman who meet each other during a Shakespeare Festival and the relationship that develops during the course of a few days. Eric Bjorklund and Fran Martone star in the play.

The plays deals with several topics – love, death and grieving to name a few – but what messages it projects, depends on who is watching.

“Each audience member looks at the play in light of their own experiences,” Benjamin said.

Sarah Rochester, who serves as executive director of Los Alamos Visiting Nurses and who encouraged having the play performed at the hospice meeting, said the show was “incredibly well-received.”

“It’s a very powerful play,” she said. “It’s very moving ee it deals with life and it deals with death and it makes us face our own finiteness and our own feelings.”

At Covenant Healthcare System, the play will be presented somewhat differently than previous shows. Benjamin said minimal sets and costumes will be featured – whatever the health clinic can supply.

Although the play is mainly for patients at the clinic, there will be a limited number of public seats, Benjamin said.

“Time Enough” will be performed July 24, 25 and 26 in Lubbock.