The International Shakespeare Center hosted a dinner-theater treat in the funky fabulous reborn mining town of Madrid, New Mexico in July 2016.

The evening began with a gourmet meal in one of the last great roadhouses, the Mine Shaft Tavern, serving mesquite-smoked prime rib with lobster tail or a salmon dish. After dinner, attendees had time to wander through the Madrid Old Coal Town Museum, and then thrilled to excellent scenes from Shakespeare performed in the historic Engine House Theater by members of the award-winning Ducdame Ensemble from New York City.

I love our reading group but it’s easy to forget how rich and nuanced a live performance can be. The three actors were skilled and versatile as they switched back and forth between plays and characters. There was humor in unexpected (and expected) places. I loved having music in the mix. Madrid has become an art colony full of eccentrics, colorful and somewhat primitive. Doesn’t this remind you of another town, another time and place?
— Cheryl