October 15, 2018, 7 pm

Johnny and the Tree

by Chas. Pike

Set during the summer of 1993, Tree Tapia has tried something new. While her husband, recently out of prison boxer Johnny Tapia, lay passed out from the ravages of yet another weeks-long cocaine binge, she has bars and locks put on all the doors and windows of their downtown Albuquerque home. She then locks herself in with him and throws away the keys. This play is a lyrical examination of that trans-formative act.

A love poem to the streets of Albuquerque

From the great poet of the bario himself

The Duke: Johnny Tapia!

Chas. Pike is a company member of Chicago's Prop Thtr, San Francisco's Performers Under Stress, Albuquerque's Alley Theater Southwest, and Jefrep. He has had plays produced by The National New Play Network, National Center For New Plays at Stanford University, and The Lark Theater of NYC.

He could really use your feedback in figuring out just how to best tell this amazing story.

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Playwrights and solo performance artists looking to develop new material now have a resource in Albuquerque - First Stage Scripts, new writing for the stage eXplored.

First Stage Scripts is a free monthly reading series meeting at Aux Dog's X-Space on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

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First Stage Scripts - Past Readings

October 16, 2017: Ritual for the 21st Century, by Andy Mayo. Cast: Jason – Nick Pippin; Julia – Andee Schray; Ruby – Carolyn Wickwire; Stu - Betty – Teddy Eggleston; Lloyd, Stu  – Joel Miller; George – Dennis West.

November 20, 2017: Mother of Mine, by Talia Pura. Cast: Laura - Kristin Hansen; Becky - Bridget Kelly; Susan - Danette Sills; Mother - Marguerite Scott; Glenn - Brent Black.

January 15, 2018: George & Deborah, by Ann Bendan. Cast: Elisa Nelson, Jeff Hudson. God - Take a Note, by Peter Beaman. Cast: Valerie Beaman, Neil Faulconbridge, Catalina Lehner, Scott Sharot, Mike Weppler. Why Elizabeth Wurtzel . . . and The Sand Burns My Feet, written and performed by David Hinkle.

February 19, 2018: Confess and Conspire, by Andy Mayo. Cast: Peter Kierst, Alicia Maldonado, Michael Weppler, Michelle Otero; narrator- Shelley Drank.

March 19, 2018: One Night Only, by Justin Golding. Cast: Jessica Osbourne, Justin Golding; narrator - Alaina Warren Zachary.

April 16, 2018: Three Short Plays - Israeli Security, by Terri Klein; Hobo, By Richard Danforth; Active Shooter,  by Richard Dargan and Barry Hazen.


 January First Stage Scripts in Aux Dog Theatre's rehearsal hall, the X-Space.

January First Stage Scripts in Aux Dog Theatre's rehearsal hall, the X-Space.