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Plays announced for San Miguel’s 2nd International Festival of 10-Minute Plays

By Michael Hager & Mark Saunders

Wendy Bichel

From the romantic to the risqué, there will be something for every theater lover during Diez Minutos 2014, San Miguel’s International Festival of contemporary 10-minute plays, scheduled to open on Friday, March 21, at the Biblioteca’s Teatro Santa Ana.

San Miguel’s 2nd International Festival of 10-Minute Plays
Diez Minutos 2014
Fri, Mar 21-Sat, Mar 29, 7pm
Plus, March 30, special Sunday matinee of
Best of the Rest of SMA writers
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
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A theme was chosen – “Sex, Lies & Alibis” – to help give the festival a shared focus. From the multitude of plays submitted, directors pick only eight for performance: six international plays and two by writers with a San Miguel connection.

Here’s what they selected:

Lauren Osorino, one of last year’s festival directors, picked Much Ado About Something by New York City playwright Michael J. Chepiga. Michael’s had full-length plays produced at major regional theaters in the United States, and one (Getting and Spending) on Broadway. Lauren will also direct The Lilac Ticket by C.J. Ehrlich, a resident of upstate New York. C.J.’s comedies are published in several Smith & Kraus’s annual Best Ten-Minute Play anthologies.

Kate Rowland, also one of last year’s directors, selected Food for Thought by Rich Rubin of Portland, Oregon. If you attended last year’s festival, Rich’s hilarious entry, How Nice of You to Ask, was directed by Kate. She will also direct a musical by one of our two San Miguel featured playwrights, Wendy Bichel, whose ten-minute piece, Give Me Your Eyes, was originally composed for the Public Theatre in New York City.

Taylor Korobow, who acted in last year’s festival and directs full-length plays, picked Somewhere Between the Sky and the Sea by Australian playwright Alex Broun, one of the world’s most successful writers of 10-minute plays. Taylor will also be directing Grammar for Smart People by Denver resident Jeffrey Neuman, whose plays have been recognized by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Emerging Artists Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival.

Michael Gottlieb, who acted in our previous festival and often directs or acts in town, selected the play The Psycho Bitch and the Throbbing Blue Veiner by Seattle playwright Barbara Lindsay. Barbara has had more than 300 national and international productions of her plays. Additionally, Michael will direct Self Preservation, a play by our second San Miguel featured playwright, Christine Foster, an accomplished writer and theater professional who last year directed four Diez Minutos plays, including audience favorite Brief Encounter.

“We’re looking forward to another smash hit,” said co-producer Michael Hager. “Stay tuned for more details, including our special Best of the Rest performance. And we’re looking for a few good volunteers, so contact us if you’re interested in being part of the festival.” For more details, please email us at

This year’s Diez Minutos festival promises to be as entertaining as last year’s sold-out performances. So make sure to put this event on your calendars now, and watch for future updates. Look forward to seeing you there!


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