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Facing Eviction, San Miguel Playhouse Begins Fundraising for a Permanent Home

San Miguel de Allende

PLAYHOUSE

By Henry Vermillion

Ah, the good old days! Can we be nostalgic about something that happened only four years ago? Of course. I remember the opening of the San Miguel Playhouse on October 15, 2014, and its staging of its first play, Moonlight and Magnolias, like it was yesterday.

Local actors Jim Newell, Ken Albanese, and Mick Deiner were memorable as the manic three leads in this play, in which movie producer David O. Selznick realizes after only 30 days of shooting that the script of Gone with the Wind is terrible and so fires the old director, hires new director Victor Fleming and famous script doctor Ben Hecht, and locks the three of them in his office for five days to rewrite the wobbly script, only allowing peanuts and bananas into the office, which Selznick believes is “brain food.”

Since this hilarious debut, the San Miguel Playhouse, located on Avenida Independencia, has featured more than 70 shows, including the seventh edition of the international Ten Minute Play Festival.

But for the first time in its history, the Playhouse is suddenly finding itself in fundraising mode. The theater has lost its lease on the building and is mounting a campaign to raise money, either to buy the building from the landlord who wants to sell or to build a new theater elsewhere in town. A series of events will take place in the coming months to raise the necessary money so that fine theater can continue to amuse, amaze, and delight San Miguel de Allende audiences.

Works by playwrights and authors as diverse as Eugene O’Neill, Neil Simon, Virginia Woolf, and Woody Guthrie have been successfully produced at the Playhouse. Plays in Spanish have regularly had supertitles in English, and vice versa. Musical tributes to Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline, Sade, K.D. Lang, and others have had audiences singing along.

If you’ve enjoyed all the Playhouse has offered you over the last four years—or if you just want to keep a diversity of theater alive in our city—consider making a donation today. Victor Guzman is chairman of the Playhouse´s fundraising committee. For information or to contribute, he can be reached at vguzmansma@gmail.com

 

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