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An evening of short plays

By BC May

Mark Saunders

Playreaders will present Guys: An Evening of Short Plays by Mark Saunders and Friends.

Performances are July 23 and 24 at St. Paul’s Church. Mark Saunders is the San Miguel- based playwright and writing teacher who created the hugely successful Ten Minute Play Festival. His friends include August Strindberg, one of the fathers of modern drama. His play Pariah is “a funny, complex and riveting exchange between two men with widely differing views of morality.” It has been produced regularly around the world for more than 100 years.

Guys: An Evening of Short Plays by Mark Saunders and Friends
Wed and Thu, Jul 23 and 24, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6

The Whole Cherry Pie is by John O’Hara, the celebrated novelist, playwright and short story writer who was noted for his dialogue. O’Hara and John Cheever are inspirations for the hugely popular television series Mad Men. This little play captures a memory between two successful men from that era.

Mark Saunders’ comedic plays have been enjoyed by playgoers for years. December 26 and A Stick In Thine are two more hilarious examples of this talented playwrights’ prolific output.

Veteran actor and director Steve Schlam heads the cast. Auditions were to be held at the gazebo in the Jardín but the Hip Hop kids got there first. So Schlam will be working with some guy he met on the street. Saunders continues to play chess with Strindberg and gin rummy with O’Hara even though both have been deceased for many years. The rumor that because the plays are about guys, beer would be served is absolutely false. As the producer said, “If a guy wants a beer he can go the The Beer Company, which is around the corner, during intermission, even though there is no intermission.”

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45pm. Doors open at 7pm and the performance begins at 7:30pm unless it is sold out. St. Paul’s is located at Cardo 6.


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