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Local theatre company has big 2021 plans


Blank Conversations Theatre Company of Las Cruces is ready for the new year, with ‘Dracula,’ a Broadway album, radio plays and workshops all on the calendar.

“The biggest production will be Blank Conversations’ radio production of ‘Dracula,’” said the company’s president and co-founder, Gus David Sanchez, a theatre student at New Mexico State University.

Adapted by Orson Welles, the radio production of “Dracula” was the first of many in The Mercury Theatre On-Air series (which originated the infamous “War of the Worlds” broadcast), said Sanchez, who is directing the production. “Blank Conversations seeks to revive the fear once brought from the haunting tale.

The cast includes Darin Robert Cabot as Dracula, McKensi Cabot as Arthur Seward, Steven Cousler as Johnathon Harker, Scott Brocato as Van Helsing, Emily James as Mina Harker, Ed Montes as The Captain, with an ensemble featuring Alyssa Gose, Richard Gustin, Brianna Padilla, Topher Lininger, Cassandra Galban and Sanchez.

The production’s release date is expected in January, Sanchez said.

“Blank Conversations also is in the works to collaborate with many artists and businesses in the coming months, such as producing new and unpublished plays, hosting workshops about performance art, producing radio plays such as ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Around The World in 80 Days,’ and much more,” he said.

Alongside The Range performance and event venue, Blank Conversations will present an online telethon called “Save The Stage,” which will be an all-day live stream, featuring performances by local bands, singers, performers and more to raise funding for Blank Conversations and The Range, Sanchez said. More information on that fundraiser is to be announced.

Sanchez said Blank Conversations also “took a dive into a new realm for theatre in Las Cruces: album making.”

The company plans a Jan. 1 release of “Blank Conversations Breakout,” a 10-song, cover album featuring Blank Conversations members performing famous Broadway songs, Sanchez said, including “Being Alive” from Company, “Mama Who Bore Me” from Spring Awakening and “Hey There” from The Pajama Game.

 Find the album streaming on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music beginning Jan. 1 alongside Blank Conversations’ Christmas EP, “Blank Christmas.”

To learn about how to participate in Blank Conversations events virtually, or to tune into their online content, visit www.blankconversations.org.