The Hall of Final Ruin

FULL LENGTH - Someday, the ‘madrina’ of 19th century Santa Fe would like to die a good Catholic death and be buried in her beloved church, La Parrochia. But Death is coming sooner than she thinks and the arrival of a needy Protestant, a fortune in gold, and the invasion of the American Army complicate her perfect exit into Purgatory. In order to save her family from ruin and earn her way into Heaven, the...
FULL LENGTH - Someday, the ‘madrina’ of 19th century Santa Fe would like to die a good Catholic death and be buried in her beloved church, La Parrochia. But Death is coming sooner than she thinks and the arrival of a needy Protestant, a fortune in gold, and the invasion of the American Army complicate her perfect exit into Purgatory. In order to save her family from ruin and earn her way into Heaven, the gambler must orchestrate a final, high-stakes card game in which all is both lost and won.
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The Hall of Final Ruin

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  • Molly Wagner:
    30 Apr. 2020
    Kelly's extraordinary mastery of language has a way of transporting you in such a specific and exact time and place. I also never thought I would be so delighted at having "death" appear on stage, but I absolutely loved Doña Sebastiana. Now I really want to learn how to play Monte. An incredible all-female play about death and legacy.
  • Maximillian Gill:
    7 Apr. 2020
    Beginning with the evocative title, every word, every scene description, every line of dialogue in this piece combine to create a rich, seductively insular time and place inhabited by fascinating characters. As in all of the writer's work, McBurnette-Andronicos's gift with language is on full display here. Words are weighted with mythic significance, oracular in rhythm and intent. Binding it all, a journey towards acceptance of death for a character so lively one can't imagine death ever catching up to her. I don't know how the writer does it, but I know I can't stop reading.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    16 Dec. 2018
    This is the best of McBurnette-Andronicos's plays to date, which says a lot.

    Her world building is crafted through personal research and investigation of location, time and mores. All her characters are women with agendas, weaknesses and strengths whose own decisions ultimately help them reach -- or not reach -- their goals.

    What sets "The Hall of Final Ruin" apart is Doña Sebastiana -- Death herself -- in the cast. This wall-breaking, all-knowing and all-present character brings humor and theatricality, and opens up the play to themes of legacy, well-led lives and deaths, and redemption.

    Highly recommended.

Character Information

  • DOÑA SEBASTIANA
    Any,
    Mexican
    ,
    Female
    The fantastical, whimsical death cart driver on a mission to collect La Tules’ soul. Not bound by time, she is stylized and both traditional and modern.
  • LA TULES
    40s-50s,
    Spanish
    ,
    Female
    Professional gambler, monte dealer, entrepreneur, business woman. Elegant, stoic and calculating, she loads and unloads pistols out of habit. She wants to die well.
  • CARMELITA
    Late teens,
    Hispanic
    ,
    Female
    The adopted granddaughter of La Tules, a moody teenager with a penchant for Goth and vintage clothing. She wants to build a ventilated cemetery.
  • RALLITOS
    Teens,
    Hispanic
    ,
    Female
    The other adopted granddaughter of La Tules. Younger, naïve, and apparently pregnant. She wants a world of infinite romantic possibility.
  • PILAR
    40s-50s,
    native american
    ,
    Female
    La Tules’ servant, confidante, and ears in the community. Trafficking in the lucrative trade of information and gossip, she wants a business of her own.
  • SISTER JANE
    40s-50s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    A hustler and charlatan masquerading as a Protestant missionary, she’s bent on retrieving her lost fortune. Severe appearance, superior attitude, Puritanical sense of right and wrong and dresses the same.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Women Playwrights International Conference
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Teatro Vivo
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    The Bechdel Group, New York
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Something Marvelous Festival of Magical Realism, Chicago, IL
    ,
    2015

Production History

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival 2020
,
Garry Marshall Theatre
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2016
Finalist
,
Activate: Midwest New Play Festival
,
Western Michigan University
,
2016
Finalist
,
New Play Festival
,
Tennessee Stage Company
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship Award
,
Princess Grace Foundation
,
2015
Finalist
,
Northeast Indiana Playwrights Festival
,
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
,
2015
Winner
,
Br!nk Award
,
Renaissance Theaterworks
,
2015