Lensic Theatre | 2021 Fall Season - SantaFe.com
Branford Marsalis Quartet

We just got this exciting news and couldn’t wait to share it with you: Tickets for the first half of the Lensic Presents 2021–22 Season are going on sale! Here’s what they have to say:

The Lensic Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the first half of its Lensic Presents 2021–22 Season, a series of eight events scheduled from September 9 through the end of the year. The stellar lineup includes music, theater, dance, comedy, and family-friendly performances, all held in person at The Lensic.  

“We’re bringing in jazz great Branford Marsalis, comedian Seth Meyers, phenomenal trumpeter Chris Botti, and the talented dancers of the American Ballet Theater Studio Company,” says Executive Director Joel Aalberts, who programs the series. “We’ve got hilarious live theater with a Harry Potter parody and, especially for families and kids with special needs, a free, low-sensory matinee with magician and autism educator Kevin Spencer.” 

The season’s theme, “We’re Better Together,” celebrates the return of in-person events at The Lensic. “After so much time apart, it will be nothing short of amazing to see people gathering here again for live performances,” says Aalberts.  

The Lensic is implementing strict COVID safety policies, which include the wearing of face masks and, starting August 24, a requirement that patrons, artists, staff, and others at events show proof of vaccination — or the negative results of a recent Covid test — before entering the theater. For the Lensic’s latest COVID safety protocols, which will be updated regularly, visit Lensic.org/Covid-Safety. 

Public on Sale Date: Friday, August 20, at 10 a.m. (Note: Tickets to the Chris Botti concert on September 9 are currently on sale, ahead of the rest of the season.)

Presale for Lensic Members: Lensic members at the $100 level and above enjoy access to the Lensic Presents presale, which starts Friday, August 13, at 10 a.m. Memberships are available at Lensic.org, 505-988-1234, or 505-988-7050, ext. 1203.

To Purchase Tickets and For More Information: Visit Lensic.org, call 505-988-1234, or come to the Lensic box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. If a show is scheduled on a Sunday, the box office will open that day from noon to 4 p.m.


September 9: Chris Botti
7:30 p.m., $60–$120
A New Mexico Jazz Festival Event
Chris Botti’s 2017 Lensic performance has become the stuff of legend. Botti, a Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer, had audiences on their feet throughout, proving without a doubt why he is the nation’s largest-selling instrumental artist. Come see for yourself how his mesmerizing performances have cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene. (Note: Tickets to this event are currently on sale to everyone.) 

October 9: Manahatta
7:30 p.m., $29–$65
Presented in partnership with Silver Bullet Productions
A timely drama by celebrated playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle, directed by Maura Dhu Studi, Manahatta shows how history repeats itself with devastating consequences. Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. A rising star at her Wall Street firm, Jane sees how patterns of commercial exploit and cultural eradication begun when Peter Minuit “purchased” Manahatta Island from the Lenape continues as her indigenous Oklahoma family struggle to save their language, their culture, and their over-mortgaged home in the 2008 housing crisis.  

Event Sponsors: Enterprise Bank & Trust, New Mexico Arts                                                       

October 26 
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff
7:30 p.m., $35–$59
Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter.   

November 1
An Evening with Branford Marsalis
7:30 p.m., $39–$75
A New Mexico Jazz Festival Event
Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. For over four decades, the NEA Jazz Master, Grammy winner, and Tony Award nominee has led the Branford Marsalis Quartet, “…one of the most cohesive, intense small jazz ensembles on the scene today” (Associated Press). With pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, the band has long been a model of how to sustain and enlarge a musical outlook that is both historically and stylistically inclusive.  

November 11     
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
7:30 p.m., $29–$59
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company is the junior company of American Ballet Theatre, made up of rising stars who will become the iconic dancers of tomorrow. Nearly 80 percent of current ABT dancers are alumni, including Misty Copeland, David Hallberg, and Isabella Boylston. ABTSC’s program includes masterworks of classical and neoclassical ballet.  

Event Sponsors: Catherine Oppenheimer, WESTAF

November 4
The Magic of Kevin Spencer (A Low-Sensory Performance)
2 p.m., free
An extraordinary magician, Kevin Spencer combines storytelling, stage magic, and audience participation in a show designed for audiences of all abilities. This event is a sensory-friendly performance. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to everyone including families that have children with autism or other disabilities that may create sensory sensitivities. 

Event Sponsors: Art Works, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Theatre Defense Fund     

December 21
Seth Meyers
7 p.m., $60–$120
Known for his satiric bite and quick wit, Seth Meyers is one of America’s most beloved comedy stars. The host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, this Emmy winner and former head writer on Saturday Night Live brings an unforgettable night of stand up to Santa Fe. 

December 31
Joe Illick and the New Year’s Eve Orchestra, with special guest Augustin Hadelich
1 p.m. (families welcome) & 5 p.m., $30–$80
New Year’s Eve at The Lensic is a Santa Fe holiday tradition! Come celebrate the final hours of 2021 with longtime Santa Fean Joe Illick, music director and principal conductor of the Fort Worth Opera, leading an all-star orchestra, with a special performance by renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich. 

Event Sponsors: Connie & David Girard-diCarlo 

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead
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