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The Path to Playwriting

By Stephen Huey

My stepmother was a high school English teacher, and she’s probably the single biggest reason why I became a writer. Not because she necessarily encouraged me to do so. To this day, I still have problems with grammar and spelling.  But, from time-to-time, she found what I wrote to be extremely interesting. So, though mechanics are important, good writing needs a soul. Mark Twain said, “I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way,” and when Shakespeare boxed himself into a writer’s dilemma, he simply made words up, over 1,700 in fact. Ordinarily, writing is a chore, but inspired writing is a gift. This weekend the mighty San Miguel Playwrights offer their gifts in the form of nine original plays on the stage of the San Miguel Playhouse.

Theater
SMA Playwrights Winter Showcase
Fri, Jan 13, 7pm
Sat, Jan 14, 7pm
Sun, Jan 15, 3pm
San Miguel Playhouse, Av Independencia 82
Tickets: Galeria Ensueños, Mesones 57A
Reserved seating 150 pesos, 10:30am–2pm or at the theater before show time.
8th Floor by Lauren Osornio

Lauren has acted and directed in community theaters in Florida and Massachusetts. Always wanting to try something new, she has recently given her hand to writing plays.

California Girls by Bill Gallacher

Bill has acted in local productions of Pinter’s Betrayal and played the lead role in Shakespeare’s Richard III. His playwriting CV also includes adapting (and directing) David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross for an all-female cast.

My Bench by Lia Gladstone

Lia, a prolific playwright, has penned more than 20 pieces. Her most recent theater outing was a staged reading in November 2016 of Mrs. Cheney Goes to Pretoria at the Mendocino Theater Company in California.

The Doll by Tasha Paley

Spending her time between San Miguel and Brooklyn, NY, Tasha has passionately pursued her theatrical participation as an actor, writer, storyteller, improviser, and teacher of Playback Theater.

Limboland by Chris Kapilla

Since moving to San Miguel, Chris has deeply enjoyed exploring improvisation (with The Improv People), studying Shakespeare, and now playwriting Limbo Land as his first play.

Remember Me by Kathy Simandl

Kathy is a published fiction writer and award-winning photographer. Now, focusing her artistic talents on playwriting, she’s produced her first effort for stage.

Dead Weight by David Temple

David has been a member of the Playwrights Unit at HB Studios in New York since 1999. His play from last year’s Winter Showcase, Trade Secrets, was chosen for a full production in the 2017 Diez Minutos Festival in March.

Customer Service by Dennis Lanson

Dennis has spent most of his working life combining documentary filmmaking with teaching film at the college level. He has directed and produced one Indie feature, Pitstop. Additionally, he’s worked in the film industry as a documentary editor and producer/writer of film trailers.

 

Doggone by Marilyn Bullivant

Perhaps better known for her satirical skits written for the Literary Cabaret, Marilyn has had two full-length plays produced in San Miguel and in Canada.

 

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