Tales of Tila
A musical play written and performed by
Carolyn Chatwin Murset
Streaming online April 3-May 31, 2021
(A fully-staged play)
Memories and songs of early Taos
Tickets $10 (including service fee)
Tales of Tila is a biographical one-woman musical based on the writings of actress/ singer/ songwriter Carolyn Murset’s Grandma Tila Miera Trujillo’s life during the early 20th century in Taos, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Tila marries her best friend's brother, and navigates her way as a wife of a shepherd and mother of ten, telling of life during the Great Depression, the loss of three children, and sending two sons to serve in World War Two. Her husband, Juan Manuel builds government housing in the secret city of Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project. Her intention of performing this play is to encourage audience members to write their life stories, and to turn their hearts to their loved ones who have passed on.
Carolyn Murset is a friendly, half-Hispanic grandma , singer/songwriter tortilla maker, who grew up in the 1960’s in Taos. She learned to play the guitar and wrote her first song while attending Taos High School during the 1970’s.
Carolyn has self-produced three CD’s of her original music: People Change, He is My Song, and My Gray Sky to Blue which are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and cdbaby.com.
She’s written and recorded a one-woman musical, Tales of Tila, which is set in Taos,
Santa Fe and Los Alamos, based on her lively Hispanic tortilla-making grandma’s life.
It was nominated for the 2019 Association for Mormon Letters Drama Award. She’s so
far taken this show on the road to northern Utah, Wyoming, Taos and Santa Fe and
the Family Roots Conference in St. George, and is thrilled to have it presented
digitally by Flower and Bone Productions! It premiered at the Electric Theatre in St.
George, Utah, October 2018 (with Wilford Brimley as producer), and played at
Brigham’s Playhouse in Washington, Utah, September 2019.
She releases a new episode of her podcast, Song Stories, Quiet Stories, every once in a while. You can find it at mycarolynmurset.com, iTunes, etc., and on whatever podcast app you may have on your smartphone.
She was a member of a couple of local bands that have since dis-banded: She plays the guitar, and has been a student of LIsle Crowley. She dabbles with the banjo, mandolin and harmonica. She gigs at local festivals and events during non-pandemic years.
She’s been in southern Utah productions of Bright Star (Mama Murphy). Man of La
Mancha (Housekeeper and onstage guitarist) , and Harvey (Veta Louise Simmons), where she had the privilege to share the stage with veteran film actor Wilford Brimley. She’s also recently enjoyed acting in The Addams Family Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, TV and Film credits include: Drop Off, Riding the Edge: The Juanita Brooks Story (as Juanita Brooks), ShopatHome.com national video series, and Intermountain Healthcare commercials and ads.
She was a member of the Southern Utah Songwriter’s Association Board of Directors.
and has lived in southern Utah with her husband and their five children since 1983. They now have 15 fabulous grandchildren. Carolyn thanks her multi-talented family for their love and support.