Welcome to the San Miguel Playwrights!

You can use our site to learn about what who we are, what we do and how you can join us. We also feature videos of selected plays that have been presented in past Winter Showcases.

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT: (passed March 3, 2017

San Miguel Playwrights (a.k.a. SMA Playwrights) is a collaborative association, of both new and experienced playwrights, which is based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The association aims to foster the art of playwriting by providing constructive feedback on its members’ scripts - from initial idea, through numerous revisions, and possibly even including presentation in front of live audiences. Our goal is to help each of our members to become a better playwright, and as a by-product, to bring fresh, high-quality stage productions to San Miguel.

ADDENDUM TO MISSION STATEMENT: (passed March 3, 2017)

1) In this document, "member" is defined as someone with a genuine interest in improving his or her play-writing skills, who resides in San Miguel for at least two months out of the year, who agrees to participate responsibly in our Yahoo forum, and -of course- to participate in group critique and business sessions whenever possible.

ADDENDUM #2 TO MISSION STATEMENT: (passed March 8, 2017) 2) The group's activities shall include:

Critique sessions to help members improve scripts which they have written. These sessions are open to any interested person or any invitee who is helping with the reading or evaluation of the members' scripts.

Business sessions to address governance issues, or production aspects of group-sponsored activities &/or presentations. Advisors may be invited, but only SMA Playwrights members have the right to vote on any issues.

Educational workshops presented by either outside experts or group members themselves. Attendance is limited to members, presenters and their associates, or voted-upon invitees, only.

Showcase productions of selected short play scripts (including monologues). Note that only plays written by SMA Playwrights members (as defined), and which strictly adhere to the rules set forth for submission, will be considered. Note also that a further requirement for having one's work produced in our group's Showcase is to have presented that play for review in at least two prior SMA Playwrights critique sessions, and to be present in San Miguel for the full production process.

An online forum (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) through which our diffuse membership can vote on important governance issues, and stay current with group ventures like the Showcase production, upcoming meetings or workshops, etc. Only members are allowed to participate in this forum, and their email addresses will not be shared with anyone outside the group for any other purposes.

       

(These are the guidelines from 2018, may be updated in the near future)

In accordance with the agreed-upon mission or purpose of this group -
and our emphasis upon the process of writing plays, rather than judgment
upon finished works of drama - we adopt the following general guidelines
for our Showcase:


Submission Guidelines for San Miguel Playwrights Winter Showcase

Prelim responsibilities: All plays submitted for inclusion in the next year's Showcase must have
been be critiqued in at least two group meetings (with the author present) no later than August
31st of the preceding year.
All plays should preferably be new, and written especially for the upcoming Showcase, however
previously-written and even previously-produced plays will be considered - as long as they have
been presented for at least two new critiques and re-worked according to this group's guidance.
Genre: Submissions must be 10-minute plays or monologues. Comedy and drama will be
considered. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain (e.g. copyrighted songs) is the
full responsibility of the submitting playwright.

Technical Requirements: Sets, lighting needs, and other technical requirements must be
minimal. Most furniture is property of the theater and will be shared, but all props and costuming
are the sole responsibility of the submitting playwright.

Actors: Maximum number of actors per play is four. An actor may play more than one part if
appropriate. Directors choose and solicit the actors needed for 'their' Showcase play, and any
Playwright whose play is selected may choose to direct their own play. Note that memorization
of lines is NOT required, or even encouraged, for your actors. All actors must carry and at least
occasionally consult their scripts during the production, and any script may be changed and
improved at any time by its author - up to and including the final Showcase performance - as
long as it does not result in a longer run-time!

Length: For purposes of submission, only, your script should aim for a count of 1,850 words or
less. It may be somewhat over this count - due to stage directions, density of dialogue, etc. -
but the goal number of words has been shown to lead to an appropriate length, and should be
heeded (see the more important Running Time, next). Any title page and/or initial page listing
characters, setting and tech considerations is NOT included in your total word count, however, all
stage directions after the first words of dialogue are. Running Time for each play must be 10 minutes or less! Plays will be timed during the Informal Preview Performance (see below) and any that exceed 10 minutes in length, will need to
shortened by the playwright and re-submitted within one week (or they will be removed from the
Showcase roster.) No exceptions.

Script Format: Plays must be presented in proper script format in 12-font Times New Roman.
For additional formatting guidance please see http://www.samuelfrench.com/content/files/
upload/General%20SFI%20Formatting%20Guidelines%20Complete.pdf

Selection: Depending upon what process is used: blind judging or member choice, scripts
should be submitted accordingly. In other words, if the members (as defined in our charter)
choose the plays, all plays shall be submitted with the title and the author's name at the top of
the script, and no formal title page is necessary. If blind judging is done, the playwright's name
must appear nowhere on their script. A separate PDF of the title page with all pertinent info must
be sent along with the PDF of the play itself.
In any case:

Submission: Scripts must be submitted between Aug 1 and Aug 31 (inclusive) of the year
preceding the next Showcase. Scripts should be submitted to directly to Geoff Hargreaves
<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> and not to the Yahoo Groups list serve. Scripts (and possibly Title
Pages) must be submitted in PDF format. (In Microsoft Word, go to File / Export / Create PDF/
XPS Document) The Subject Line of your email should state only (YOUR TITLE) by ...(YOUR
NAME).


Submission Report: Geoff will report the list of scripts received on August 31st. It is the
responsibility of each playwright to verify that their script has been received. Then, once the
scripts are in, all will be judged according to the chosen process and procedure.
Winning plays: Geoff will announce the list of winning plays on the Yahoo Groups list by October
6.

Informal Preview Performances: All winning plays must have had an informal preview
performance – with the actual showcase actors if at all possible -- in the November or December
immediately preceding the next production, and with the playwright in attendance. For all plays
that have not had a preview performance by November 30th, then prior to December 1st, the
playwright must coordinate and schedule a date for a performance preview in December.
Substitutions: If any of the winning plays cannot be produced for any reason, the next play from
the voting results will be selected in its place. (assuming there is time to do so).

Monday February 12th there will be a special meeting with Mark Saunders

Locaiton: David Temple's House, Cardo #4

Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Our regular meetings are every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise here.

We will NOT meet February 14th because of the special meeting on the 12th.

All regular meetings will be at Chris Kapilla's house

Aldama 72, #4

 

Mission Statement 

San Miguel Playwrights (a.k.a. SMA Playwrights) is a collaborative association, of both new and experienced playwrights, which is based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The association aims to foster the art of playwriting by providing constructive feedback on its members’ scripts - from initial idea, through numerous revisions, and possibly even including presentation in front of live audiences. Our goal is to help each of our members to become a better playwright, and as a by-product, to bring fresh, high-quality stage productions to San Miguel.