Written by IE playwrights Bob Fraley (Rialto) and Bruce Burton (Calimesa), Santa Fe Station delves into territory that has also been mined by WKRP in Cincinnati and 30 Rock, namely the humor and the drama that go on behind the scenes, before the cameras roll, before the signal is broadcast. Oh, and did we mention country and western? There’s a lot of that genre’s homespun charms to be enjoyed during the performance of Santa Fe Station, the fourth collaboration of Fraley and Burton, and a quasi-sequel to last summer’s original Pick Something‘, which told the yarn of a young boy who ends up a hobo and winds up becoming a country and western singer (and songwriter to boot). That character, Dutch Boron, picks up his guitar once more, singing and performing for the titular country and western variety TV show set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1969. Fraley (who is also a Fontana math teacher!) takes on the role of Boron—and wrote the 13 original songs featured in the production—as the station prepares to broadcast before its largest audience to date. Santa Fe Station marks the conclusion of the nonprofit Rialto Community Players’ 12th summer season (The Vanities and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks both wrapped up last month), so now’s the time to get some strumming in your life with this country and western romp.
Santa Fe Station at the Rialto Community Playhouse, 150 E. San Bernardino Ave., Rialto, (909) 873-8514, www.rialtocommunityplayers.org. Opens Fri., July 10, 8pm with shows Sat., July 11, 8pm, with performances July 11-12, July 17-19. Tickets $8.