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Ten-Minute Play Festival announces audience favorites

By Michael Hager and Mark Saunders

Carrie Haugh, Erik Zavala and Claa Dungam receive a round of applause

Diez Minutos 2014, an international festival of 10-minute plays, is over and we want to thank all those who came out to support us. We played to sold-out houses every night at the Teatro Santa Ana during the six-night run. We especially want to thank our incredibly talented team of directors, actors, stage managers, and tech guys, all of whom made Sex, Lies & Alibis a huge success.

During the first five performance dates, audience members were asked to pick their favorite plays of the evening. On our last performance we announced the play that received the most #1 votes. Somewhere Between The Sky And The Sea by Australian playwright Alex Broun and directed by Taylor Korobow proved to be the clear favorite, as acted by Carrie Haugh, Clara Dunham, and Erik Zavala.

The battle for the next three slots was hotly contested and, as they say about basketball games, it involved lead changes. When it was all over, however, the play with the second highest number of first-place votes was The Lilac Ticket (directed by Lauren Osornio and starring Gerri Baruch and Steve Schlam).

It was followed closely by Self Preservation (directed by Michael Gottlieb and starring Andrea Dovner, Jill Gottlieb and David MacLean) and Food for Thought (directed by Kate Rowland and acted by Anne Campbell and Eli Hans). Ultimately only one or two votes separated those three plays from each other.

What was especially gratifying to us as producers was to learn that each of the eight plays received at least one first-place vote every night. We like to believe our annual festival of 10-minute plays offers something for everyone, and the voting results help confirm that belief.

We are already planning Diez Minutos 2015 and will share details and dates later this year. Thank you, theater people and theatregoers of San Miguel for supporting our 10-minute play festival.


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