La Guida Di Bragia,
A Ballad Opera for Puppets
Special Benefit Performances
May 6, 7, and 8 at 7:00 pm
Scottish Rite Center
463 Paseo De Peralta
17 and under: $5.00
These performances will benefit the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and the Southside Library.
This production of the play is historic. It has been 150 years since it was first presented in the Dodgson household and there has been no other performance since that time. This is the only example of a play by Lewis Carroll. There is no need to underscore the importance of Lewis Carroll as a writer, except perhaps to mention the fact that he is the third most quoted author in the English language.
Theaterwork has built a Victorian puppet stage for this production, and the characters are played by special dolls that serve as puppets, in the same way it was done originally. The play was first published in 2008, with illustrations by Santa Fean (and Theaterwork Company member) Jonathan Dixon. Mr. Dixon received approval from the Dodgson family both for this work and for his extraordinary illustrations for Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. He met with Carroll’s great-nephew, Phillip Dodgson Jacques in Devon, England. He was the first illustrator to receive approval from the Dodgson family in 100 years.
Theaterwork has a significant body of work that includes rarities such as A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Orchids in the Moonlight. They are committed to bringing rare or previously untranslated work to audiences in New Mexico. In a couple of months they begin their 14th year in Santa Fe and their 30th year as a Company.
Photos by Petr Jerabek.