Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Shakespeare Company is changing focus.(Special Section)

Byline: Rebecca Roybal Jones For the Journal

The Santa Fe Shakespeare Company won't perform much Shakespeare this season. Only one weekend is dedicated to the famous playwright's work.

It isn't that the company formerly known as Shakespeare in Santa Fe is shunning its namesake. Rather, it is part of the many changes associated with "spreading our artistic wings," says Janey Potts, managing director of the company.

Doing more works than those written by Shakespeare is part of an effort to attract a broader audience, particularly theatergoers who aren't fond of Shakespeare but are attracted to other classical authors as well as more contemporary pieces.

This year, for example, you can look forward to a puppet play by Federico Garcia Lorca, a one-man play in which the actor mimics more than 40 voices; a humorous two-act "invention" featuring a waitress in the Midwest and a professor addressing colleagues; and that weekend of Shakespeare. …

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