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Fighting Mister Right Voted Favorite Play

Gottilieb and Sky Yeager in Dialogue to Come

By Michael Hager and Mark Saunders, photo by Lou Barranti

Diez Minutos, San Miguel’s international festival of 10-minute plays, was a smash hit and played before sold-out audiences every night. We were treated to an incredible display of writing, acting, and directing talent, with 8 playwrights, 4 directors, and 15 actors showcasing their skills. First, we want to thank all those who contributed, as well as our wonderful San Miguel audiences, for their enthusiastic support. Second, we want to let you know how the voting turned out, especially since more than 400 votes were cast!

When we were tallying up the votes, we noticed hand-written comments on several ballots. People told us they loved all of the plays. Some said it was too hard to choose the three best plays; then, of course, they did. Our favorite hand-written note, however, was the one that simply said, “A+ acting in all the plays!!!” We couldn’t agree more. As producers, we felt the acting and directing to be superb across the board. The selected scripts were all smart and entertaining. Although the plays shared a common thread, each play had its own variation on our theme of  “Lost in Translation.”

Voting was very close this year. But when all the votes were counted, our eight audiences had selected a favorite play. With energetic and convincing performances by Anne Temple Campbell and Ken Albanese, rising conflict and a surprise ending, Fighting Mister Right was selected as the festival’s overall audience favorite. Written by Barbara Lindsay, from Seattle, Washington, and directed by Kate Rowland, Fighting Mister Right, as it turned out, had all the right stuff, from first date to first fight.

Snappy direction by Ken Albanese and hilarious performances by Phoebe Greyson and John Wharton propelled A Date with Destiny into second place with the next highest number of votes. The comedic script by Jeffery Neuman of Denver, Colorado, was full of twists and turns, setups, and payoffs. The laughs were fast and furious.

Perhaps no play reinforced the theme better than Dialogue to Come, the third play most favored by our audiences. Masterfully directed by Michael Gottlieb, with a brilliant script by Pasadena, California, writer Stephen Dierkes, and brilliant performances by Sky Yeager and Jill Gottlieb, Dialogue to Come fascinated us every night.

We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to our playwrights, directors, actors, and stage managers, as well as to the staff at the Santa Ana Theater, who through their talent and hard work made Diez Minutos 2015 not only possible but a great success. Bravo, one and all.

Lastly, we will be planning next year’s festival soon and invite you to submit your suggestion for a theme to us by July 1 at If we pick your theme, you will receive two free tickets to our opening night performance. Please look for us again next year. We’ll be back in more than 10 minutes.


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