Microteatro San Miguel–Not Your Typical Theater Experience
By Henry Vermillion
On Saturday, June 11, a new theater venue opened in downtown San Miguel. In a remodeled two-story house at Reloj 70, theatergoers treated themselves to beer and Spanish tapas before making the rounds to see a series of six striking 15-minute plays, each in tiny mini-theaters on both floors of the building. Although the play schedule is staggered, and each play is performed six times each evening, beginning at 6pm, it’s not likely many people will see all the offerings in one evening. (Only one play is entirely in English. One is in both Spanish and English, and one is alternately in each language.)
Among the featured actors, English speakers will recognize Jim Newell, Pamela Cordero, and David Galitzky from their frequent stage appearances here.
The Microteatro San Miguel is modeled on well-established similar mini-theaters in Madrid, London, and in Mexico City, Monterey, Aguascalientes, and in other cities of the world. In Mexico City, for example, visitors may be surprised to see popular screen and TV stars turn up in the plays. The San Miguel Microtheatre’s Artistic Director is Arturo Merelo, a transplanted genial Spanish filmmaker who has lived in Mexico for several years. Be advised: the play´s the thing here. Nothing is elegant or fancy. By necessity, set, seating and props are minimal. It´s Bare-bones Theater, but it´s fun, fast, intimate, and very, very different.