All-Star Casts Headline Ten-Minute Play Festival

By Michael Hager

In the words of director Jon Jory: “A 10-minute play can tell a story that 40 minutes or two hours would have ruined, and we’ve all gotten stuck with that guy at a party.” Thanks to Diez Minutos 2015, the upcoming Third-Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival, the only way you’ll get stuck is if you don’t buy a ticket.

The ten-minute play festival brings you eight plays by award-winning playwrights from around the world, all performed here for the first time. Plus, you’ll be treated to an all-star cast of 15 actors, a veritable who’s who of who’s treading the boards in our town. Here’s a summary, by director, of what you can look forward to.

Director Kate Rowland

Fighting Mister Right by Barbara Lindsay, acted by Anne Campbell and Ken Albanese. A woman and man return to her apartment after their first date, where he is told they must fight to stay together.

Shades by Mark Harvey Levine, acted by Mick Diener, Clara Dunham, and Sky Yeager. A single moment in time, is viewed from many different perspectives. This is neatly impressionistic take on human relationships.

Director Ken Albanese

Date with Destiny by Jeffrey Neuman, acted by Phoebe Greyson and John Wharton. Worlds collide as a couple explores the nature of their romantic relationship when one of them doesn’t realize that they actually have a romantic relationship.

Irish Stew by Cary Pepper, acted by Kate Rowland and Jim Wright. Lauretta and Carlton are getting on in years. They’re at that point where they’re losing their facility with language. And their short-term memory isn’t quite what it used to be.

Director Lauren Osornio

A Little Experimenting by Rhea MacCallum, acted by Marty Fraser and Sofia Jaspeado. A mother/daughter chat about the birds and the bees goes horribly awry.

O. Henry’s Shoe by Mark Saunders, acted by Arden Koontz, Clara Dunham, and John Wharton. An older man missing a shoe persuades a younger man to give him one of his in this morality tale about modern generosity with tax deductions.

Director Michael Gottlieb

Dialogue to Come by Stephen Dierkes, acted by Sky Yeager and Jill Gottlieb. What happens when actors replace dialogue with stage directions? Do actions speak louder than words? An imaginative theatrical twist on the perils and pleasures of communication.

First Contact by Brook North, acted by Mick Diener, Jim Wright, Arden Koontz, Caden Koontz, and Isa Diener. A snapshot of a sci-fi adventure in which miscommunication between aliens reigns supreme.

It’s an unforgettable evening of eight plays, four directors and 15 actors! Hurry and get your tickets. Reserved seating tickets are now on sale at the Santa Ana box office. Don’t miss San Miguel’s theater event of the year. Last year’s festival sold out almost immediately.


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