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Lyman Reflects on her Soft Landing at Teatro Santa Ana

Soft Landing Playwright, Dorothy Lyman

By Dorothy Lyman

I’m scared! At 70, I am an emerging playwright Yikes! Oh, yes, I know, I have two Emmys for acting, lots of TV acting and directing credits under my belt, and a couple of indie films that I directed and produced. But this idea of me as a playwright, that takes some cojones.

And to make matters worse, I have dragged all these great artists here to beautiful San Miguel de Allende to collaborate with me on my second play, Soft Landing. What was I thinking?

Soft Landing is a play about two old women who want to go to the moon. What’s the matter with that idea? Plenty, according to their adult children and grandchildren. They cry, “Don’t go, Mommy!” and “Stay here, Gramma!” But Joyce and Siobhan are determined. Come see what happens at Teatro Santa Ana in the Biblioteca, February 14 through 25. (

The artists I’ve brought here this year to help realize this little play come from all over the place. Mike Robertson from London, an Olivier Award-winning lighting designer and old friend of our play’s director, John Tillinger, wanted to visit Mexico, so he agreed to come help us before setting out to explore this amazing country. Katie McHugh, my wonderful friend and collaborator (known to many SMA theatergoers as the architect of the Dream Project at MuVarte last winter), is coming to pull together the technical aspects of our production.

My dear fellow Minnesotan and actress extraordinaire, Linda Carlson, has left a comfortable, uncomplicated life in our cozy Connecticut enclave and her beloved husband Jimmy Hart to shack up with me and Joey for a few weeks to play the leading character in my little moon play. A fledgling writer thanks you for your insights and your depth of understanding of character, Linda!

And of course, there’s the Gottliebs: Michael, amazing producer and friend, and his spousal unit, Jill, who has played my alter ego since I began to write plays for San Miguel. For some reason, they believe in my talent and support me with everything they have at their disposal, no questions asked! Thank you both so, so much!

Jeanne Lauren Smith and Brennan Lowry are true “Lyman Family Players,” as I call the people I have worked with time and again. They answer the call and enjoy every minute of being here in San Miguel. Clara Dunham, superlative vocalist and local theater star, rounds out our amazing cast.

And finally, let me shout out to our director, Mr. Tillinger, my Once and Future Husband. Whatever that may mean to our mutual futures, you have shown us all the way to the heart of Soft Landing. Guide us to thy heavenly shores.

At the conclusion of each evening’s performance, the audience is invited to stay for a “talk-back,” a chance to discuss the play with the actors, director, and playwright.

Information and advance online tickets are available at Tickets also available at Teatro Santa Ana, Reloj 50A, Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm.



Soft Landing

Feb 16–17, 7pm

Feb 21–24, 7pm

Matinées: Feb 18, Feb 25, 3pm

Teatro Santa Ana

Reloj 25A

US $12.50 online/250 pesos at the box office


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