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When Wrought is Right


By Stephen Huey

According to Merriam-Webster, Ben Jonson used the word playwright sneeringly in 1605 to describe mere tradesmen fashioning works for the theater. The word “wright” is an archaic English term for craftsman (like a shipwright or cartwright).

Despite its scornful beginnings, the word remains, probably because Jonson, who considered himself a poet, failed to understand that the work of a craftsman can also have the same elegance of expression given to poetry. Continuing the tradition, seven San Miguel playwrights have “wrought” words into dramatic forms for your consideration in the 2019 Winter Showcase.


Lauren Osornio

For Osornio, playwriting all started after she took a class here in San Miguel. Since then, she has had three short plays produced for the showcase. Her offering this year is Chicken Thief; the tale of someone stealing chickens, of course, but with a surprise.


Geoff Hargreaves

Hargreaves spends much of his time translating novels from Spanish to English for well-known publishers in London and New York. His theatrical works have appeared on stages in México and Canada. His latest effort, No Dirt, Please, takes a look at the relationship between a mother and her unmarried pregnant daughter.


Sharon Steeber

Steeber has an extensive writing background: novels, a textbook, magazines, and newspapers. Now, as a playwright, she offers For Sure, a glimpse at what happens when science and romance clash.


Marilyn Bullivant

Since the age of ten, Bullivant has been writing on and off for the stage. Two of her full-length plays have been produced in México and Canada (one with fellow playwright Geoff Hargreaves). This year’s piece for the showcase, She’s not There, looks at two people and a chance encounter that seems oddly familiar.


Tasha Paley

Paley is a creative arts therapist who lives both in San Miguel and Brooklyn, New York. For the showcase she submits Bernice, the story of a 96-year-old woman living in a nursing home but looking for a way to break free.


Marthe Fraser

Fraser was bitten by the theater bug early on in San Miguel. She started with Shakespeare Readers, then SMA Playreaders, performed in Players Workshop productions, and now is a writer. For the showcase she presents Sisters, the story of an unlikely visitor changing another’s path forever.

Anne Campbell

Another veteran San Miguel dramatist, Campbell has published in educational journals and written three earlier works for the showcase. This year, her play, ’Twas a Dark and Stormy Night, pits an author against the sister of the victim in one of his true crime stories.


Tickets for the 2019 showcase are available at the Boleto City ticket kiosk in the Mercado Sano, 123 Ancha de San Antonio, 11–4, Mon–Sat; online at; and at the San Miguel Playhouse one hour prior to showtime for that show only. Showtimes are: 7 pm, Thursday, January 17; 7pm, Friday, January 18; 7pm, Saturday, January 19; and 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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