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Reflection on Spark in New Mexico

Tricklock Theatre Company

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

November 11, 2012

Directed by Valli Rivera

                 by Casey Mráz

We held the reading on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 and had one rehearsal leading up to it.  We had an amazing cast and it went very well.  Then, we had a brief talkback afterwards.  The most interesting thing to come out of the talkback was hearing Joe Alberti (the actor playing Vaughn) talk about his experiences with reintegrating himself in society after serving in the military.  Joe was in the Marines in the late 70s.  Joe identified with the character of Lexie.  He talked about what it was like when you’re in the service and you have a range of shared experiences with your buddies who are also in the service.  Then, when you get back home you find yourself around people with whom you do not have those shared experiences.  The character of Vaughn was very important to him because he believed that Lexie needed him.  Only Lexie could see him and interact with him and he comes at the exact moment when Lexie needs him the most.  Every veteran needs a Vaughn.

Casey Mráz is a playwright, composer, musician, designer, teaching artist and father.  He holds an M.F.A. degree in Dramatic Writing from The University of New Mexico.  He studied playwriting at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic through Western Michigan University.  His publications include Rosario & the Bull (Heuer Publishing Co.: Grand Rapids, Iowa) and The Cotton Plantation (Indie Theatre Now, New York, NY).  He is the Music Director for Tricklock Theatre Company (Albuquerque, NM) and a Company Member of Buran Theatre Company.