Theatre Department's Spring Production ‘Main Street, Portales’ Debuts Friday

March 10, 2015 -- CNM’s Theatre Department is proud to present “Main Street, Portales: Two One-Act Plays” by New Mexican playwright Leonard Madrid, beginning March 13 at CNM’s Coal Avenue Theatre.
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Consisting of two companion one-act plays, “Main Street, Portales” explores the ideas of love, beauty, and magic in the small town of Portales, N.M. The first one-act play, “Volver, Volver, Volver,” tells the story of Junie Holguine, a man trying to figure out who brought him back to life after being dead three years. The second one-act play, “Ambrosita,” is the tale of the town’s beauty testing the legend of who she will marry.

The playwright, Madrid, is a New Mexico native whose work focuses on the culture and voice of New Mexico. The two plays are part of the Portales Cycle, which the playwright describes as “a family tree of plays all set in Portales, N.M."

Madrid’s plays have received national awards and he received the Kennedy Center’s Latinidad award for Latino playwrights three times. Most recently his play “Aurora” was featured as part of the Festival Internacional de Teatro Universitario in Mexico City. 

CNM's Theatre Department focuses on creating theatrical productions while training students to use theatrical skill sets such as design, research, performance, and collaboration, and has recently launched an associate degree program in theatre. The program introduces students to the basics of theatre, acting and production. Play 1

“Main Street, Portales” runs Friday and Saturday nights: March 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; and two Sunday matinees on March 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at CNM’s Coal Avenue Theatre, which is located on Coal Avenue between University and Buena Vista. General admission tickets are $5 for everyone.

For more information and reservations, call (505) 224-3593 or email