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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  • 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.
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    11 Dec. 2017
    You don't have to be from Santa Fe to appreciate this enchanting play that mixes history, faith, magic, and wit to create a fun and engaging story. The six women that tell the tales are multi-faceted and intriguing, and I could feel the atmosphere of suspense and determination. La Tules is both charming and a wee bit scary, which means she has your attention from the first moment to the very last.
  • Asher Wyndham:
    28 Oct. 2017
    This playwright is a wordsmith, and her world-building is enchanting, memorable like the poetic works of Caridad Svich and Epic plays of Brecht. The madrina character, La Tules is as riveting and complex as Mother Courage or Prior Walter. The interludes of magic realism are a lot of fun. You'd be a fool if you don't read this. You're a greater fool if you don't read this and you're a director or artistic director. Consider this for your season or, at least, pass it to someone else!

Development History

  • 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
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Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2016
Finalist
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Activate: Midwest New Play Festival
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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