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Our Four Directors Discuss Ten-Minute Plays

John Wharton and Phoebe Greyson in Diez Minutos

By Michael Gottlieb, photo by Lou Barranti

Diez Minutos 2016
San Miguel’s 4th Annual International Festival of 10-Minute Plays
Thu-Sat, Mar 17-19, and Thu-Sat, Mar 24-26, 7pm
Sun, Mar 20 and 27, 5pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Independencia 82
Tickets US$12 (online)/200 pesos (box office)
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Diez Minutos, San Miguel’s popular international festival of ten-minute plays, is opening March 17, and the tickets are already hot for this wildly popular event. As producer, I asked our four directors—BC May, Kate Rowland, Ken Albanese, and Lauren Osornio−to tell us what they look for when choosing a play and what we can expect from this year’s festival:

BC May: A Good Story

(BC is directing Delgado’s Mask by Mark Saunders and Warming Up by Andrea Fleck Clardy)

“I often just want a good story. I chose Delgado’s Mask for a couple of reasons. I loved the love story so beautifully captured in a ten-minute piece and also saw it as a love song to the greatest city in the world and perhaps the only place where two lonely characters could find each other. And Warming Up winds us up for a delightful surprise ending.”

Kate Rowland: Beautifully Crafted Language

(Kate will be directing Kamasutra by Tom Coash, as well as Passed Hordes by Mark Harvey Levine)

“I look for plays that have the potential to move an audience to laughter, tears, or thought. I also look for beautifully crafted language, from poetic and classical to hip and contemporary, while exploring some aspect of our shared humanity.”

Ken Albanese: Like a Haiku

(Ken is directing The Audition by Constance George and Cupid’s Beau by Barbara Lindsay)

“Looking for a 10-minute play is similar to finding a well-written full-length play in some ways, and in other ways it is different. A short play is like a good sonnet or Haiku; it needs to create the characters and tell the story with brevity and sharp writing. And out of more than 150 entries to the Festival, we’re able to choose the best of the best.”

Lauren Osornio: Clever and a Surprise Ending

Lauren will direct Friends by Phoebe Greyson and Time for a Fix by Earl T. Roske

“I look for something that moves me. Hard to say what that is exactly, but when I see it I know it. In other words, a play has to speak to me. I prefer humor, the kind of humor that allows us to laugh at ourselves. And, above all, I like a short play to be clever and have a surprise ending, something that the audience doesn’t expect.”

8 Plays, 4 Directors, 14 Actors!

Don’t miss the theatre event of the year four years running. This year’s Diez Minutos Festival will be held in the spacious and beautiful San Miguel Playhouse. Purchase your reserved seating tickets online at or in the courtyard at 57 Mesones near Reloj in Centro, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm.


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