The Department of Theatre and Dance announced the line-up for the 11th Annual Words Afire Festival of New Plays: a series of new works written by Master of Fine Arts students in UNM's award-winning dramatic writing program. The festival runs Thursday, April 21-Sunday, May 1, in Rodey Theatre and the Experimental Theatre at UNM's Center for the Arts.

The Words Afire Festival is the centerpiece of UNM's dramatic writing program. World premiere works in the 2011 festival include three fully-staged productions: "The Ruin" by Georgina Escobar, "Back Home" by Nic Wehrwein and "La Fea: A FlamenChoreoMyth" by Riti Sachdeva, as well as the directed reading of "The Story of Caballos Muertos" by Law Chavez and an Evening of Screenplay Readings by various writers.

"The Ruin" tells of two women, known as the jungle witches of Cantemploya, and the young archeologist who discovers them. In "Back Home," Matt heads back to the old neighborhood to regroup when his life falls apart, only to find his plan is complicated by his new neighbor and the return of his ex. In "La Fea: A FlamenChoreoMyth," a dream leads La Fea on a mystical mission of unearthing song, dance and secrets, only to find herself confronting an ancient gift and calling. "The Story of Caballos Muertos" is a supernatural tale of untamed sibling rivalry and the dangers that accompany obsession.

As collaborators in the play development process, UNM welcomes a panel of guest directors. Acushla Bastible, Ricardo Martinez, Tlaloc Rivas and Shephard Sobel team with the playwrights to help bring their works from the page to the stage.

A full performance schedule, complete synopsis of each show, artist biographies and other information is available at All plays are appropriate for mature audiences, due to content and language. Tickets to fully-staged performances are $15 general, $12 seniors and $10 students. Readings are free. Tickets are available at UNM ticket offices at the UNM Bookstore and The Pit, by calling (505) 925-5858 or at

Story by Kathleen Clawson

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