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San Miguel Writers Winter Showcase at Teatro Santa Ana

By David Temple

San Miguel Playwrights is pleased to present its second annual Winter Showcase of original works for the stage in the Teatro Santa Ana at La Biblioteca.

This year three performance nights are Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6, at 7pm, and Sunday, February 7, at 6pm. Reserved seat tickets, priced at 150 pesos, will go on sale in mid-January at the theater box office.

San Miguel Playwrights is an open group of local writers. They meet on the last Monday of each month to critique each other’s works-in-progress. “We meet in the spirit of constructive criticism designed to improve the piece in question, and it actually works,” said Geoff Hargreaves, one of the group’s founding members. “Several pairs of eyes can see a lot more than a single pair.

Continuing the format from last year, this year’s event will be a script-in-hand performance similar to a Playreaders production. Seven original plays and two monologues will be presented.

In Geoff Hargreave’s play, What the Coitus (directed by Marthe Fraser), a married man promises his lover a chance to meet his wife face-to-face without the wife meeting her. How?

There’s a storm coming in Stephen Huey’s monologue, Dead Drop Spike (directed by Susan Rushton), and it can’t be stopped because revenge doesn’t die, only the people do.

What kind of person delights in the misfortunes of others? In Hotel Schadenfreude, written and directed by Anne Campbell, a couple learns the answer when they discover that the husband’s hated boss and his wife are vacationing in the next room.

In my self-directed comedy, Trade Secrets, two bakers from competitive bakeries meet by chance in a trendy marketplace and find intimacy in their shared passion for baking.

What is true dialogue in Heaven? Find out in It’s About Forgiveness, by Albi Gorn (directed by Alan Gross).

In the Mouth of the Wolf (directed by Allan Gross), Lia Gladstone’s monologue peers into the dark history of 1941 when a young German student, her brother, and a few friends take a stand against the Nazis, risking everything.

To please her husband, in Lauren Osornio’s Black Coffee (directed by Lauren Osornio), a wife has lost weight. But is he really pleased?

The Rules of Golf, written and directed by Bill Gallacher, is a battle of wits between an over-zealous Canadian customs official and a visiting Mexican golf professional with something to hide.

Choice, written and directed by Phoebe Greyson, is an intimate portrayal of how two individuals, each shaped by family history and both claiming the moral high ground, come to terms with impending unwanted parenthood.

Enjoy a sampling of unique entertainment from some of San Miguel’s resident playwrights!


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