Curtain Up! San Miguel Playhouse’s Second Season

By Judy Newell

The second season of the San Miguel Playhouse is underway. It opened October 22 with the World Premiere of Last Dance, written by local actor/playwright Sky Yeager. The dramatic ode to second chances runs through this Sunday and next week from Thursday to Sunday.

Sponsored by La Calaca Festival, it is a deeply moving exploration of life, death, and second chances, set somewhere between Heaven and Earth. It stars Jaime Lee Christiana and Kat Macmillan, both professional actors from Portland, Oregon. San Miguel artist Juan Escurdia designed the stunning set and Kate Rowland directs the play.

Closely following, the second production of the season is Waters of Babylon, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Schenkken. Presented by Player’s Workshop, the Alan Jordan production runs Friday-Sunday, November 6-8 and the following week Thursday-Sunday, November 12-15. It is a “passionate, tender, and bittersweet valentine to mid-life,” which stars Jill Gottlieb and San Miguel-born Erik Zavala.

Opening Friday, November 20, Allan Jordan stars in his own adaptation of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman with a show on Saturday and two performances on Sunday. The show repeats Friday-Sunday, November 27-29, with four more performances. Only 65 seats will be sold for this show, to achieve a more intimate setting for the performance.

On December 15 and 16, the San Miguel Playhouse will present Home for the Holidays— A Musical Holiday Treat. This two-day festival stars San Miguel’s top male and female vocalists singing holiday songs in English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. A Holiday Fair will precede the show with handcrafted gifts and treats.

Marty Fraser, a well-known San Miguel actress and director, will take charge of directing a performance of her own comedy, Divided by Four, on Wednesday-Sunday, January 13-17, at the Playhouse.

In February, a new version of the Ibsen classic Enemy of the People will be presented by Player’s Workshop. The dates are Wednesday-Sunday, February 10-14 and 17-23. Written and directed by Emmy Award-winning actress Dorothy Lyman, in this production women take a prominent role in the struggle over the environment.

On March 3, the Playhouse is proud to present the new musical, Bikers in Camelot, written and produced by Wendy and Ken Bichel. Michael Dobbin, who returns to San Miguel from Toronto for the production, will direct it. The four-actor play will run through March 13. Watch for more details!

The immensely popular Ten Minute Play Festival moves to the Playhouse in 2016. The first of eight shows is Thursday, March17, and it runs through Sunday, March 27. Michael Gottlieb heads up the festival. Another world premiere showcase production, Redhead, opens Thursday, March 31, and runs until Sunday, April 10. It is written by San Miguel playwright Phylis Collier and will be directed by Jim Newell.

To round out the season with a tuneful blast, Broadway Babes returns. The show’s first incarnation last year brought down the house with its reprieves of both classic and little-known gems from Broadway. This year’s all-star performers will sing equally fine—but different—numbers, according to producer Phoebe Greyson.

The San Miguel Playhouse is operated by the nonprofit organization San Miguel Theater Company. It is located at Av. Independencia 82 and offers free secure parking and taxi concierge service. Send your email address to sanmigueltheatercompany@gmail.com to be notified of all upcoming productions.

 

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