Teatro Paraguas presents COYOTE ACID, a play by John Macker


The Teatro Paraguas will present Coyote Acid, a one-act play by poet John Macker of Santa Fe. To complete the evening, a reading by actors of Out of The Light: Poems from Prison, a collection of poems chosen by John Macker by renowned poets from all over the world written from or about prison.

Coyote Acid, made by Argos MacCallum, takes place on a dark farmhouse somewhere in Southeast New Mexico. Luke (Peter Chapman) just got out of jail and came home to ask his mother Esther (Jennifer Graves) where the bank robbery money is buried. She’s the only one who might know, since younger brother Timmy and Pa both died in prison. But Ma is a bit vague on the matter and might even be suffering from dementia. What begins as a contest of wills turns into an acceptance and reconciliation rooted in the deep wells of family love.

Out of The Light: Poems from Prison is a collection of poems written on or from prison by 10 poets from different countries and centuries, ranging from François Villon (15th century France) to lhan Sami Çomak, a Kurdish poet arrested in Turkey in 1994 while studying geography and since then jailed on charges of separatism. The anthology includes poems by Charlotte Smith (England), Miguel Hernandez (Spain), Cesar Vallejo (Chile), Bobby Sands (Ireland), as well as the Americans Bob Kaufman, Gregory Corso and Stuart K Perkoff. The anthology will be read by a number of actors and poets, including Mairi Chanel, John Macker, Dan Bohnhorst and Jonathan Harrell.

Performances will take place January 21-23, 2022, starting Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $ 15 for general admission and $ 10 for students and limited income. Advance tickets are available at teatroparaguasnm.org, or reservations can be made by calling 505-424-1601.

This project is partially funded by NM Arts / NM Dept. of Culture and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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