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Diez Minutos 2018: 8 Plays, 8 Directors, 18 Actors

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By Lola Smith

The 6th annual festival of 10-minute plays, Diez Minutos 2018, opens Wednesday, March 14th at the San Miguel Playhouse. Selected from 200 international English-language submissions, the eight final scripts for this year’s show are a wonderful mix of comedy, drama, fantasy, and intrigue. We’ve hired eight super directors to shepherd each mini-production to the stage.

Directed by two-time Emmy Award winner Dorothy Lyman, 940 FEATHERS by Tim J. Brennan is a sweet drama about a longtime couple facing longtime couple issues. It stars veteran actress and artistic director of Canada’s Foster Festival, Patricia Vanstone, and SMA favorite Michael Gottlieb.

“I chose A Dog’s Dreams by Jefferey Fischer Smith because the play is simple, poignant, and a love story,” says director Lauren Osornio. Starring popular SMA veterans Mick Diener and Clara Dunham, the play is an emotional tale of moving on in life with the help of a dog’s dreams.

Maggie Bunce, just off directing the popular The Odd Couple, chose I Was Fine Until You Came Into The Room by Rich Orloff “because the staging possibilities interested me; plus, I liked the story!” A couple tells of their life together from the moment they meet. It stars Kate Rowland, Chuck Rubin, Charlie Coleman, Aliya Benabderrazak, Cristian Baumgartner, and Peggy Powell.

“I love how original and stylized But That’s Okay by Jenny Mead is, yet at the same time it’s totally relatable,” says director Kate Rowland. “We know these people, we are these people, and we have experienced, or are very familiar with their life’s journey. It is both funny and touches the heart. And our actors, David Galitzky, Peggy Powell, and Clara Dunham, are great.”

“I love the way Recalculating by Eugenie Carabatsos uses a road trip as a metaphor for marriage, and a GPS to serve as marriage counselor,” says director Paula Lopuch. Jill and Michael Gottlieb play a longtime married couple out on the road to rekindle their romance but who get lost along the way. Thankfully they have the very helpful Garmin onboard, played by Jessica Lauren.

President Emeritus of Players Workshop, Lola Smith, directs All Dogs Must Have People by Russell Sharman because “I liked the ambiguity of the script, and I love anything to do with animals,” she says. A tale about two ladies in a dog park comparing the hounds in their lives, this play stars Anne Campbell and Gina Giampaoli.

Lynn Rawden directs Maggie Bunce and Jessica Lauren in My Beautiful Voyage by Paul Lewis—a most fantastical bus voyage into coincidence and connection.

Yogafu by Alex Rubin and directed by Gina Giampaoli, takes place in a yogurt shop with a friend helping a friend get a date and features Aliya Benabderrazak, Blu McKelvain, and Charlie Coleman.

Diez Minutos is an annually sold-out event, and early ticketing is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at or in the courtyard at 57 Mesones at Reloj in SMA Centro, M–F 10–2.



Ten Minutes

March 14–25

Wed–Sat, March 14–17, 7pm

Wed–Sat, Mar 21–24, 7pm

Matinees: Sun, Mar 18 and 25, 3pm

San Miguel Playhouse

Independencia 82

US$12.50 online

250 pesos at the box office


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