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San Miguel Playwrights’ Winter Showcase Offers a Diversity of Plays

By Stephen Huey

The plays in the San Miguel Playwrights’ winter showcase this year have something for everyone: unwed mother potential, strange encounters, romance gone wrong, a great escape, a life-changing visit, chicken snatching, and cold-case crime confrontation.

It all starts Thursday, January 17, at the San Miguel Playhouse, when seven local playwrights present their short original efforts.

Geoff Hargreaves offers his take on a mother’s angst in No Dirt, Please. The mother knows that sooner rather than later, her unmarried daughter (pretty but reckless) will find herself pregnant. Her mother is sure of it, but what can she do?

When washed-up comedian Billy Bouncer encounters a beautiful girl in a bar, this stranger seems oddly familiar. In She’s Not There, playwright Marilyn Bullivant explores how the devil these two could have ever met, considering that their lives are so different.

After dating for several months, Marissa and Brendon prepare themselves for a sizzling romantic weekend, but something unexpected goes wrong. Sharon Steeber shows what happens when romance confronts science in For Sure.

One of the inmates—er, residents—at the nursing home has had it. Feisty 96-year-old Bernice is planning a jailbreak. What could possibly go wrong? Bernice, by Tasha Paley, looks at what a woman can do, no matter her age, when she puts her mind to it.

Kate is having the time of her life roaming the country in her RV, but when it breaks down in Colorado and she’s stuck in a mechanic’s yard for the night, her adventure is put on hold—or is it? In Sisters, Marthe Fraser shows what happens when an unexpected visitor can change one’s life forever.

Someone is stealing Shirley’s chickens, but the foul filcher may meet with something unexpected on his next try—hot lead. In Lauren Osornio’s Chicken Thief, things take a turn for Shirley and her husband Lester when she decides to spend the night in the chicken coop with a pistol.

He’s a hardboiled true crime writer, while she’s the sister of the victim in his last story. The two meet like a head-on collision in Anne Campell’s ’Twas a Dark and Stormy Night. This encounter is a battle of wits as the past comes back to haunt them both.

Tickets for the 2019 showcase are available at the Boleto City ticket kiosk in the Mercado Sano, 123 Ancha de San Antonio, from 11am–4pm Mon–Sat; online at and at the San Miguel Playhouse one hour prior to showtime. Show times are 7pm on Thursday, January 17; Friday, January 18; and Saturday, January 19. There is also a show at 3pm, Sunday, January 20. The Playhouse provides free parking, reserved seating, and a taxi concierge.



SMA Playwrights Winter Showcase 2019

Thu–Sat, Jan 17–19, 7pm

Sun, Jan 20, 3pm

San Miguel Playhouse, Independencia 82

200 pesos

Tickets:; Boleto City ticket kiosk, Mercado Sano; and at the door


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