Event Category: Theatrical Events
Ten-Minute Play Festival
Diez Minutos Festival 2020
The ever-popular Diez Minutos short play festival is an annual theatrical rite in San Miguel, a collection of short plays chosen by international competition, and performed by some of the city’s best local actors.
Eight short plays were presented this year in five performances at the San Miguel Playhouse, from Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 15. A second week of five more performances had been scheduled, but Week 2 was cancelled due to public health concerns. The final performance, on March 15, was filmed, and can be streamed. The streaming page is private and can be accessed by only one device per customer. The page also includes an online voting ballot, so viewers can choose their favorite plays. (The author of the winning play gets prize money.)
Here is a synopsis of the eight short plays of Diez Minutos 2020:
• “I Am Not Miss Finkleburger,” by Dorothea Cahan. A hospital patient named Lila struggles with issues of faulty medical records and mistaken identity in this comedy of errors.
• “Ordained,” by Mark Harvey Levine. A mentally unbalanced woman who has just become a minister by purchasing an online certificate tries to marry two total strangers at an airport.
• “Cliché,” by Keith Whalen. Two characters speak only in platitudes, as a third character struggles helplessly to stanch the flow of banalities.
• “The Deal,” by Mark McGeever. Kevin attempts to buy a car from Natasha, a former KGB agent turned car salesperson who clearly has the psychological upper hand.
• “Familiar,” by Robert J. LeBlanc. A poignant story of a dedicated son and his father’s incapacity to recognize him, set in a hospital cafeteria.
• “Mrs. Williams, Involved Citizen,” by Susan Goodell. A woman who claims to have prevented a robbery, yet has an inexplicable pile of cash, tells her story to a bewildered police sergeant.
• “Trapped,” by Barry Wood. Two characters in this claustrophobic comedy appear to be stuck in – wait for it – a ten-minute play.
The festival will be presented at the San Miguel Playhouse, Avenida Independencia 82, and will have ten performances, Wednesday through Sundays, March 11 to 15, and March 18 to 22. All shows are at 7pm, except for the Sunday performances, which are 3pm matinees.
Tickets to all shows are 350 pesos for the center section and 300 for the side sections, and may be purchased at Boleto City, Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Monday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm; or online at boletocity.com; or by clicking either of the “Buy Tickets Online” buttons in this email newsletter.