Virus Theater produces live, original theater in Silver City, NM

Upcoming Productions!

Virus Theater launches a first in a series of Western melodramas! The original play, developed by the cast, writers, and director in traditional melodrama style, focuses on culture and history of southwest New Mexico

El Sol Theater!

We found a home! Virus Theater is fundraising and implementing renovations for transformation of El Sol Theater into El Sol Performing Arts Center, a 200+ seat venue for theater, music, dance, and other events

Support Virus Theater!

Join in and help with a donation to Virus Theater, a Federal 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization), and learn more about what we've been doing, and what we're planning, and how you can be part of theater in Silver City

Join Us!

We’d love for you to get involved with Virus Theater, and there are LOTS of ways – making costumes, building sets, selling tickets, FUN fundraising efforts. Long to be onstage? Watch for audition announcements for new productions
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One Night Only!

Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door
available at Leyba & Ingalls Arts

Three–time Grammy nominee Tim Eriksen is joined by internationally-recognized painter/projectionist Susan Brearey in a down-home multimedia presentation featuring ballads, gospel songs, guitar, banjo and fiddle tunes, accompanied by repurposed and reimagined magic lantern projections, all relaying the curious history of the imaginary Pumpkintown.

Considered “the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation” (BBC), Tim Eriksen is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and performer/consultant on the award-winning soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain (2003).

Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer.” 

— The Guardian, UK

"Susan Brearey's wolves and stags glance back at us from the liminal realm. This is a place on the edges of the forest, the edges of the imagination. We stare back at these images and enter that realm captivated by their invitation - like readers of a fairy tale who enter a magical kingdom." 

— Ann McCoy, Artist, Professor at Yale University

The New Season, 2019 → learn more . . .

An Original Melodrama

May 31 - June 16, 2019

Youth Circus & Theater Workshop

Workshop: June 3-30, 2019
Performance:  June 28-30, 2019

The Green Bird, by Carlo Gozzi

November 1-17, 2019


Virus Theater is fundraising and planning renovations to make El Sol Theater into the El Sol Performing Arts Center, a 200+ seat venue for theater, music, dance, performance, film screenings, conferences and festivals.

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El Sol, home to arts education programming, supports our youth and adults in advancing skills in a variety of arts — acting, play-writing, technical theater, dance, circus, music and more! Virus Theater is part of a performance schedule that will include other local theater companies, local, regional and touring performers.

WHO WE ARE . . .


We collaboratively create original scripts through games, improvisation, exercise, and discussion. We bring elements of music, dance, and comedy to stories that delve into deep aspects of humanity and community.

Here's some of the VIRUS THEATER participants.

  • Teresa Dahl-Bredine
  • Heather Castello
  • Jessa Tumposky
  • Josh Stretch
  • Tasha Cooper
  • Janey Katz
  • Joseph Castello
  • Buck Burns
  • Melanie Zipin
  • Scott Knight
  • Sebi Castello
  • Kristen Warnack
  • Rory Gregory
  • Cari Lemon
  • Heidi Pendleton