SANTA FE, N.M. — Española, which often takes credit as being the “lowrider capital of the world,” may be logging another landmark in the culture: the first lowrider theatrical performance.
At least Megan Burns, executive director at Santa Fe Performing Arts, said she hasn’t been able to uncover any other published or otherwise recorded stage performance based on lowriders.
So “12 Switches,” a piece put together by students at Northern New Mexico College, may be the first when it premieres Saturday at the college, with a follow-up performance Sunday at the New Mexico History Museum.
“We’re really superproud of the students,” Burns said, explaining that 17 students wrote the piece last semester; it had a reading in December at the History Museum in connection with its current exhibition, “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico.”
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