Cold Water: A Documentary Theatre Production Opening March 1

Editor | - February 28, 2013

"Water is the driving force of all nature.”  - Leonardo Da Vinci

The Greer Garson Theatre will open its next performance Cold Water on March 1. It will run through March 10. Cold Water is a world-premier documentary theatre piece created and performed by the documentary theatre class of the SFUAD Performing Arts Department (PAD). Follow this link for showtimes and dates.

Conceived and directed by PAD faculty member Victor Talmadge, the play is the next in a series of original documentary theatre pieces about New Mexico (following the successful run of Sacred Mistakes: The Bataan Project) and tells the survival story of the village of Aqua Fria, NM. This rich tale recounts the ups and downs of villagers of the greater Santa Fe community living with and without an abundance of water. The play is constructed entirely from interviews and found material and celebrates community members’ everyday courage; their stories reflect the universal themes over the struggle for water.

Victor Talmadge, a faculty member in the Performing Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, is an educator, actor, playwright, and director. He has taught at The Johns Hopkins University and New York University and served as an adjunct assistant professor at the City University of New York.

As an actor, he has performed in classical and contemporary plays on the New York stage and in regional theatres throughout the country. Most recently, he worked on Broadway in David Mamet's November. He played The King in the Broadway national tour of The King and I and was seen as Scar in the Los Angeles production of The Lion King.

Talmadge boasts extensive film and television credits, as well. He has worked with such notable directors as Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, David Fincher, Michael Apted, and Chantal Akerman, among others.

His play The Gate of Heaven was awarded The Nakashima Peace Prize. It has been produced at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Old Globe theater, Ford's Theatre, and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, as well as various venues around the country. It has been taught at New York University, Tufts University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

As a director, Talmadge has presented both experimental and classical pieces. He was the artistic director of The Victory Project, a multicultural, collaborative event with Columbia University MFA graduate theatre students, the New York City school system, and professional theatre artists, created as a response to the tragedy of 9/11.

Recently, he was commissioned by the Oakland School for the Arts in Oakland, California, to create and direct a documentary theatre piece on the descendents of the Black Panther movement. He is a co-founder of the award-winning New York theatre company, the Empire Stage Players.

The Performing Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design introduces students to all facets of stage production, giving them the opportunity to perform, design and build sets, develop and produce costumes, devise and execute lighting schemes, and create and stage sound effects. Because of this strong foundation, SFUAD theatre graduates are known and respected around the country for their knowledge and professionalism. Each year, the department produces three plays and one musical in the Greer Garson Theatre, a proscenium-style venue dedicated to the late actress, who is remembered for her philanthropy and distinguished career on the stage and screen.