San Miguel’s First International Festival of 10-Minute Plays

By Michael Hager

Start with eight of the best contemporary 10-minute plays in the English language. Add in an all-star lineup of San Miguel’s favorite actors and directors. Put them together in one of the town’s more intimate stage settings. Then stir with conflict, humor and satire. What you end up with is “Diez Minutos,” an international festival of original 10-minute plays, and an unforgettable night of live theater.

“Diez Minutos”
San Miguel’s First International
Festival of 10-Minute Plays
Thu, Apr 11-Sat, Apr 13, 7pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
150 pesos

Special Sunday matinee reading
Sun, Apr 14, 2pm
“Best of the Rest” of San Miguel
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
50 pesos

Directors Christine Foster, Lauren Osornio and Kate Rowland have picked plays to tickle just about any fancy and cast them with such local favorites as Michael and Jill Gottlieb, John Wharton, Lola Smith and India Bastien, to name but a few of the many talented actors involved in “Diez Minutos.”

“Plays from 50 of the best masters of the 10-minute form, from as far away as Australia and Scotland, were received,” said festival co-producer Mark Saunders. “Out of the 50, we picked six. We reserved two additional spots for playwrights with a San Miguel connection, and are proud to feature full-time resident and playwright Terri Peterson (Priorities) and frequent visitor Randy Kraft (Off Season).”

The 10-minute play was introduced at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1977 Humana Festival. Since then this dynamic and challenging form, “the American theater’s haiku,” has been embraced worldwide.

A good part of the festival’s liveliness will come from so many disparate works bumping up against one another. The result is a series of adrenaline-charged, thought-provoking performances that are unpredictable, uninhibited and unforgettable. In the same evening, you’ll see a range of conflicts and resolutions, from behind the scenes at a dog show to the unforeseen complications of cheating on your spouse to the mysterious healing powers of Neil Diamond. The themes may range from serious to silly but they are all compressed theatrical experiences in which the smallest thoughts render the biggest results.

Another entertaining aspect of “Diez Minutos” is that audience members get to vote for their favorite play out of the eight plays performed. The winner of our “People’s Choice Award” will receive special recognition and a cash prize.

The fully staged productions will take place at Shelter Theater, Vincente Guerrero 4, colonia San Rafael, on the evenings of April 11-13, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are 150 pesos.

There will be a special matinee reading beginning at 2pm on Sunday, April 14 of the “Best of the Rest” of the 10-minute plays from San Miguel playwrights. Tickets for the matinee reading are 50 pesos.

All tickets can be purchased at La Conexión on Aldama, Libramiento, and Café Monet locations. It’s a theater festival you won’t soon forget. So don’t just pencil us in, use your pen. For more information, contact Mark Saunders (


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