The Roadrunner New Mexico Theater Festival is a staged reading festival of new plays by New Mexico playwrights.

In 2021, the top 3 winning plays will be produced in May, streaming online.:

     May 14  shatteRED, by Damon Carbajal, directed by Talia Pura

      May 15  Good Blood, by Ned Dougherty, directed by Angela Wilson

     May 16  Hunker Down, by Robert Benjamin, directed by Duchess Dale

FREE.  For Zoom registration:


Page-Turning Day

Hunker Down

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FRIDAY, May 14, 7:30 pm
By Damon Carbajal

Directed by Talia Pura

Joe Gallegos, Rick Vargas, Tyler Nunez,
Mark Westberg, Lucas Corvatta
Zoom Master: Paola Martini

SATURDAY, May 15, 7:30 pm
Page-Turning Day
By Ned Dougherty

Directed by Angela Wilson

JEANNE                Nora Brown
FRAN                    Debbie Doggett
BARRY                  Scott Brocato

KRIS                      Tara Levine
SHEILA                 B.J. Stokey
MAGGIE              Catherine Fridey
Zoom Master:  Paola Martini

SUNDAY, May 16, 2:00 pm
Hunker Down
By  Robert Benjamin
Directed by  Duchess Dale

Bari             Carolyn Wickwire
Kevin          Colin Morgan
Zoom Master:  Paola Martini






In shatteRED, Rafa learns to love himself after a turbulent relationship with his partner Pablo. The play follows the scattered memories of Rafa as he attempts to put the pieces of his life back together after he realizes that his match with Pablo is not a match made in heaven but a case of toxic love. 

Damon R. Carbajal (he/him/el) is a gay, queer, Chicanx playwright, educator, scholar, and activist from Las Cruces, NM. His work focuses on centering lost voices with an emphasis on LGBTQIA+, Chicanx and LGBTQIA+ Chicanx voices. His works include “at the interSEXtion of being GAY and CHICANX: Un Trío de Poemas” featured in Chamisa: A Journal of Literary, Performance, and Visual Arts of the Greater Southwest and “Radical Drama as Educational Catharsis” in Luminous Literacies: Localizing Teaching and Teacher Education. shatteRED is his first major theatrical work and he is excited and honored to premiere the work in the Roadrunner NM Theater Festival. He holds an M.A, in Chicana/o/x Studies, graduate certificate in “Race” and Social Justice, B.A. in Secondary Education, and a minor in theatre from the University of New Mexico. ¡Sí Se Puede!










After the death of their matriarch, a family gathers around a table to figure out how best to remember her.

Ned Dougherty is a playwright, poet and teacher living in northern New Mexico. His plays have been developed or supported by AboutFace Theatre (Dublin, Ireland), ForgeFuel (NY), The Playwrights Workshop (LA), Ironweed Productions (Santa Fe) and in his adopted home of Taos, NM at the Taos Center for the Arts and Metta Theatre. His full length and one act plays have been selected for festivals internationally and produced on stages in the Southwest US. As a teacher, he is a two-time Fund For Teachers Fellow and was the 2014 New Mexico Charter School Teacher of the Year. He earned his MFA in Playwriting from Augsburg University in 2019.








Hunker Down is a romantic comedy about an older woman and man coping with the Covid isolation and loneliness.

Robert F. Benjamin is a late-blooming New Mexico playwright, following a physics career. His plays are mostly about aging with grace, courage and humor. His full-length plays produced in New Mexico include: Parted Waters, Salt and Pepper, Not Quite Right, Still in the Game, Simple Gifts and Time Enough.  Also productions of twenty shorts plays, a short film and an operetta. He's senior author of Spills and Ripples, a children's science book.  Benjamin is a proud member of the Albuquerque Theatre Guild and was recently honored as a Living Treasure in Los Alamos County.

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