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Opens This Sunday:

Hunker Down

By Robert F. Benjamin

Directed by Duchess Dale


The Vortex Theatre hosts the Albuquerque premiere of Hunker Down, a winner in the 2021 Roadrunner New Mexico Theatre Festival. This is the fifth of six plays presented as part of The Vortex Theatre's 2021 Virtual Season.

In May of 2020, neighbors Bari and Kevin are contending with the isolation forced upon them by the pandemic. After two months of lock down, the extroverted Bari reaches her limit and comes knocking on Kevin's door desperate for a little human connection. A self-identified curmudgeon, Kevin turns her away, but agrees to meet on Zoom. This heartwarming story about staying sane while staying safe gives us perspective, romance, and humor.

May 16-30, 2021. Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm.

Tickets: FREE.

Hunker Down lobby poster showing an entire house covered by a surgical mask

Register Now for Will Power: Shakespeare Education for All Ages

Posted: April 28, 2021.
The Vortex Theatre and the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival present Will Power, a Shakespeare-based education program for all ages. In 3 sessions in June 2021, students will discover The Bard by reading, writing, memorizing, analyzing, and—especially—performing the words of William Shakespeare. Both sonnets and plays will be utilized. We are currently planning for these to be in-person classes but that may change as required by NM Dept of Health protocols. Due to COVID restrictions, class size will be limited.

Details & registration info...

Second Chance to see A Day at the Rusty Arms

Posted: April 28, 2021.
If you missed the previous performances of Susan Erickson's A Day at the Rusty Arms, the run has been "virtually extended" via this link:

With a run time of 1 hour and 18 minutes, this quick, quirky comedy is a perfect way to wind down after dinner or revive yourself over lunch!

Virtual run extended for Remembering Darwin

Posted: April 14, 2021.
Did you miss Remembering Darwin? The "virtual run" for this production has been extended and the video will remain available on YouTube for the foreseeable future. See this historically-based production, written and directed by Brian Hansen, at

Auditions for: New Mexico Shakespeare Festival

The Vortex will hold auditions for 'New Mexico Shakespeare Festival', by Wm. Shakespeare and directed by Peter Shea Kierst (Hamlet) and Ana Marie Campoy (Twelfth Night O Lo Que Qieras) on:

Saturday, May 22, 2021 10am-3pm
Sunday, May 23, 2021 12-4pm
Audition format: By appointment. Please contact the Festival Stage Manager, Donna Marie Barra ( to schedule a Zoom or In-person appointment.

Audition details...

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