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Once In, Never Out

  • New Mexico School for the Arts 275 East Alameda Street Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

Once In, Never Out

Written and performed by June Ballinger
Directed by Janice L. Goldberg

This play, one night only, is the true story of a female Bletchley Park code-breaker. What is the cost of keeping a secret for fifty years? This fascinating play tells the harrowing, true story of a Bletchley Park code-breaker during World War II and her adjustment to the social constraints of post-war America.

Actress June Ballinger stars in this profoundly moving play inspired by her family memories and a hidden box of her mother’s personal effects discovered the day after her death.

“. . . one of the most spell-binding and extraordinary true-life adventures I’ve ever witnessed as it is inspired by her mother’s wartime diaries and correspondence. Humorous, inspiring and also startling in its revelations” —Simon Saltzman, President, NY Outer Circle Critics Circle

Ballinger’s mother, Nancy, worked in an elite unit at Bletchley Park that developed Colossus, the world's first all-electronic computer. Her unit successfully decrypted communications between Hitler and German Army Headquarters using the Lorenz code, which was even more secure than the better-known Enigma system. The play recounts the hardships and heartbreaks of her mother’s wartime years and her later adjustment to the life of a middle-class American housewife, unable to disclose her critically important war-time work for more than fifty years.

$20 for Adults
FREE for students with ID

Seating is limited, so please reserve tickets online at

Running time is approximately seventy minutes with an optional audience talk-back to follow.

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About NMSA
Founded in 2010, New Mexico School for the Arts is based in Santa Fe and is the only four-year, state­wide, public high school serving young artists across New Mexico with a rigorous, award-winning dual-curriculum professional arts training and academics program.
About NMSA–Art Institute
The New Mexico School for the Arts–Art Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that funds the arts as well as residential and community outreach programs via private contributions and foundation support.

Sean Johnson, Communications Specialist / Production Manager
New Mexico School for the Arts • Art Institute
office 505.216.7888 ext. 406
cell 858.207.7870

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