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Three-day run for play - ‘Sad Room’ to debut here Friday

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By Mercy Lopez

Another original play by area and native playwright will hit the stage in a few days. Patricia Crespin’s “The Sad Room” will be shown as part of Wize Latina Productions starting with a show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Sala de Madrid on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

Two other shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, all at Sala de Madrid.

Ticket’s for “The Sad Room” are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and $5 for students.

Crespin, who holds a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from NMHU and a master of fine arts degree in dramatic writing from the University of New Mexico, is well known for her stage play “We are Hispanic American Women … Okay?” which was turned into the film, “Before We Say Goodbye” by Yellow Hat Productions in 2009 and distributed by Universal Studios in 2012.

In Crespin’s “The Sad Room” play, she will portray Magdalena, the mother of 15-year-old Santana, who died as a result of a heroin overdose.

The Sad Room director Cynthia Riley said, “Patricia’s work is about the people of northern New Mexico. But this story is universal, it happens in every family, it doesn’t matter what ethnicity or religion. Everybody will get it.”

The play’s storyline is based on Magdalena grieving for her deceased young daughter Santana, played by Robertson High School student Alex Angles, and not being able to let her go by not allowing herself to come to terms with her daughter’s sudden death.

Maya, portrayed by NMHU alumna Diana Padilla, seeks safety with Magdalena in her filthy, drug-infested apartment for shelter against her abusive boyfriend. They seek the help of a curandera,  portrayed by NMHU student and mother of four, Tara Trudell.

The story goes through various stages and captures the audience with a strong emotional message of grief, sudden loss and eventually healing.

“There is great acting in this production,” Riley said. Adding, the show is being produced by Crespin’s Wize Latina Productions in partnership with Clearly Confused Productions. The partnership marks the debut of the Las Vegas Community Theatre Collective.

“The play is a true blending of Wize Latina Productions and Clearly Confused Productions,” Riley said. “And all together this is what the Las Vegas Community Theatre Collective is all about.”

Crespin’s plays are written from a Latina perspective while exploring the culture using film and theatre. She said, “the culture is rich, the people are beautiful, the land is breathtaking, and the language is its own entity.”

Her other works include, “El Corrido de Jórge,” “Confessions of a Hispanic American Woman,” “Love’s Lonely Highway,” “The Hero Within,” and award winners, “The Medea Complex,” and “The Three Señorita Pigletitas y el Diablo the Wolf.”  

Crespin also wrote two teleplays, “The Legend of La Llorona,” and “Land of Heirs.” Crespin is currently working on the pre-production of her next film adapted from “The Medea Complex.”

“The Sad Room” play will also be shown at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m. on May 23, and May 24 and 2 p.m. on May 25.