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Virus Theater is back with new performance

July 2, 2014

By Susan Dunlap, Silver City Sun-News, N.M.

July 02--SILVER CITY -- After a three-year hiatus, Virus Theater is back with a new performance, and artistic director Teresa Dahl-Bredine said it's all been fun.

"It's awesome. We had a lot of fun in this process," Dahl-Bredine said. "I'm really thankful of the time we had to work together."

Dahl-Bredine said the group started rehearsals in February and after three years away from the boards, she describes herself as a little rusty in her work as director of the ensemble group. Virus Theater's production is not unusual in places like New York City, where ensemble-created work is pursued by a number of up-and-coming downtown New York theater artists.

The play is about a king who, drunk on his own power, finds himself alone in his kingdom. Nine performers perform various roles, from a bird god to an initially mute woman. At times funny and at times poetically heart-felt, the play weaves in multi-media, metatheater, audience participation and just good clean fun.

This time out, Virus is performing its show at Little Toad Inn and Tavern at Lake Roberts. Dahl-Bredine said she made that choice because she wanted to combine her personal love of theater and keep her business afloat.

"Usually I quit everything when I'm doing a play, but this way I could bring in a little extra business and combine my hobby, which is my passion, with my business."

Dahl-Bredine and her partner, David Crosley, own and manage two businesses now. Besides Little Toad Inn and Tavern at Lake Roberts, they also opened Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery in downtown Silver City last December.

The show began this past Friday and ran through Sunday. Additional performances will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The upcoming performance will include the addition of children performing a circus act at 8 p.m., just before the Virus Theater show starts.

At this past Saturday night's performance, the actors asked the audience to move from sitting outside as the sun was getting ready to set, to shifting to seats inside a tent. Towards the end of the performance, the audience moved again to sit on blankets in the grass.

"I always wanted to bring an audience outdoors," Dahl-Bredine said of the choice. "It was a great opportunity to attempt that and see how it works."

At the end of the play, the actors asked every one to look up and behold the stars.

Susan Dunlap can be reached at 575-538-5893 ext. 5803.


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