The place is Santa Fe, New Mexico; the time the late 1950s; and the scene is the adobe house of Gino Bruno, a genial but largely untalented sculptor who believes that, at long last, he has created a masterpiece. His long-time friend, an equally bumbling painter named Claude Nordley, refuses to look at Bruno's sculpture, and professes to hate everybody and everything—except himself, and the cheap local wine known as "Santa Fe Sunshine." In fact no one gets a peek at Bruno's creation until it is unveiled at a disastrous party arranged by a scheming gallery owner and attended by a rich hillbilly art patron and an assortment of resident oddballs: a homosexual poet; a wood carver skilled at faking local artifacts; a college-girl folk singer; and her over-intense boyfriend, a would-be writer. As the wine flows, and personalities clash, the play reaches its very funny climax—in which all present learn something about life, themselves and the vagrant nature of the muses they would serve.
This warm-hearted comedy, set in an artists colony in New Mexico, offers a close and very funny examination of the local art scene, and the colorful characters who people it. "…Jones has written a perceptive and very successful comedy…light, heady and satisfying." —Dallas Morning News. "The strength of Preston Jones' vitality as a playwright springs from his theatrical flair, as once again was evident in SANTA FE SUNSHINE." —Dallas Times Herald. "…continues his flair for dialog that's appealing to audiences and suited to his funny characters." —Variety.