Teatro Paraguas Presents a LIVE Performance of Hunker Down on Zoom

WHAT: Live Zoom Performance of Hunker Down, a play by Robert F. Benjamin, directed by Duchess Dale

WHEN: Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: ZOOM Link to register for Hunker Down

Tickets: free; donations gratefully accepted!

HUNKER DOWN is sponsored by AARP

On Friday, August 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., Teatro Paraguas will present a live performance of
Hunker Down, a whimsical tale of seniors coping with the COVID-19 Crisis by Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin.  Duchess Dale stars in this short one-act comedy as Bari, a  widowed senior craving solace and friendship after weeks of self-isolation.  Her cabin fever impels her to socialize, but her curmudgeonly neighbor, Kevin, played by Don Converse, is enthusiastically committed to sheltering-in-place.  He revels in self-isolation.  Can she convince him to expand his bubble?  And what does "social distancing" really mean, anyhow?  

The performance features a turn of events (not in the original Teatro Paraguas performance on August 8th) in Bari’s and Kevin’s awkward, roller-coaster friendship while sheltering-in-place.  Tune in to the new enhanced 40-minute version!

Hunker Down is an evocative, upbeat tale of single seniors struggling with the Great COVID Crisis of 2020.

Duchess Dale and Don Converse, a husband and wife acting team based in Santa Fe, will perform the play.  Paola Vengoechea Martini will host the Zoom event, which includes a talk-back session with Robert F. Benjamin after the play.

The performance is free, but donations are very much appreciated.

Prior to stepping into becoming a “BabyZoomer” director for Almost Adults (Santa Fe) and The Adobe

Theatre (Albuquerque), Duchess helmed the Santa Fe Playhouse productions of The Normal Heart and Marjorie Prime. Her extensive Southern California résumé credits run the gamut from her award-winning role as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker to the beloved Truvy in Steel Magnolias.  Last year, she shared a golden opportunity to return to acting so she could share the stage with actor, Don Converse (who also doubles as her handsome husband in real-life) onstage for Benchwarmers 2019 at the Playhouse.

Don has played theater roles, including musicals, in productions in Michigan and California, and now New Mexico, including: Sid in The Pajama Game, George in Big, the Musical, and Amos in Big Fish, the Musical. He played Nevis in the 2016 Santa Fe Playhouse reading, Music Between Us. Don played the role as the voice of Big Brother in 1984, the part of Bernard in Flight Plan and leading roles in Benchwarmers 2018 & 2019, both at the Playhouse. Most recently he was in the courtroom drama False Witness - The Trial of Humanity’s Conscience at the Swan Theater as Henry Ford. Don has also performed as a singer for audiences in many venues.

Teatro Paraguas has presented several plays by Robert F. Benjamin, including Parted Waters, Salt and Pepper, Not Quite Right, and Still In The Game.

Robert F. Benjamin  is a late-blooming New Mexico playwright following a distinguished career as a research physicist and science educator.  His plays are mostly about aging with grace, courage and humor.  His full-length plays produced in Santa Fe and elsewhere are:  Salt and Pepper, Not Quite Right (co-authored by Elaine Jarvik), Time Enough, plus readings of Galileo's Footsteps. Also productions of twenty shorts plays, a short film and an operetta. He is a proud member of the Albuquerque Theatre Guild. Robert was recently honored as a Living Treasure in Los Alamos County.

For further information, please email or call 505-424-1601.

* Duchess Dale is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association

contact:  Argos MacCallum  <>  505-577-2679