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  • New twists, racier jokes in 2013 Fiesta Melodrama

    Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama heroine Audrey Rugburn, played by Maddi Knox, shows a copy of the Distorter to hero Vinnie Vincent, played by Mario Ulibarri. Courtesy Herman Lovato

  • New twists, racier jokes in 2013 Fiesta Melodrama

    Cliff Russell, a veteran of several past Fiesta melodramas, as well as other plays and TV productions, including Breaking Bad, brings a professional presence to his role of a scheming prospector named Gumbo T. McGolddiggerson. Courtesy Herman Lovato

  • New twists, racier jokes in 2013 Fiesta Melodrama

    Kristy Ojinaga y Borrega, right, this year’s La Reina de la Fiesta, took to the stage at Wednesday night’s opening performance of the 2013 Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama to play the moderator of a debate among mayoral candidates Vinnie Vincent, left, played by Mario Ulibarri, and Trudi Wadsweatherford, played by Ellen Goldberg. Courtesy Herman Lovato

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:15 am, Fri Aug 30, 2013.

This is not your mother’s melodrama!

Sure, the 2013 Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama takes shots at topical controversies, as it has since the annual parody began in the early 1920s. This year’s targets: Eldorado’s chicken coops, fracking and a crowded mayoral race.

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