We’re Baaaaaack !
If variety is the spice of life, then the Actors Theatre Playhouse has the ticket for you.
Our Festival returns, and in just ten minutes anything can happen. And it usually does! Can you tell what these stories have in common?
In ‘Alexander the Great’, by James Ferguson the conquerer meets his match.
‘Raghead’, by Tom Coash reveals how a blind date gets ‘complicated’ when views of the world come into focus.
Donna Hoke’s piece begs the question: If you wait until your 70th high school reunion to accept the invitation, will you still hear ‘You Haven’t Changed a Bit’!
‘Tortola’, by Susan Goodell suggests that going on a date can be good….even if it kills you.
In ‘East of the Sun’ by Darcy Bruce, a young woman battles internal voices about her past.
‘Sculpting Perfection’, by Nina Mansfield suggests it’s ‘snow’ wonder that Michelangelo’s David can provide perfection for mother and child.
And finally, in MALTESE WALTER by John Minigan, life imitates art…..or something like that.
They are all WINNERS in our year-long Regional Competition
and make up this year’s Ten Minute Play Festival!
“This year’s Ten Minute Play Festival marks the ninth annual return, and features seven winners of the theatre’s year-long Regional Competition,” explains co-producer (along with Burt Tepfer) and director Jim Bombicino. “The Festival was established to encourage the production of new works from New England writers while exposing our actors and new directors to the techniques and practices of working with playwrights producing new plays.” The winning scripts were selected by a committee of playhouse directors according to established criteria for quality ten minute plays. We also considered factors such as how well plays could be staged in our space, what scripts would work together for a balanced evening of theater, and how well audiences would receive them. “This festival is a win-win,” says Bombicino. “The playwright gets his or her play produced and ATP directors get an opportunity to refine their craft in a collaborative atmosphere.” Our directors this year include returning veterans as well as relative ‘newbees’: Ian Hefele, Michael Jerald, Jim Bombicino, Paige Lussier-Johnson, Michelle Page, Brenda Sietz, and Marilyn Tullgren.
The Festival has been an audience-pleaser since it first began in 2007. As well, actors have returned to audition for roles year after year. This year's Festival offers our actors over twenty roles. The variety in the offerings and the quick pace at which things move along make it a unique theatrical form. The Plays capture pivotal moments. Even the tightly choreographed set changes between plays win kudos from the audiences and add to the overall charm of the evening. They challenge the playwright, the director, and the actors to make it all happen now, the way it does in real life. There is no time for long background exposition or the slow teasing out of emotional undercurrents. It’s a formula that works equally well for uproarious comedy, or a sudden tragedy, or an unexpected twist in plot... in short, all the variety of life. Think of them as 'popcorn' plays……….Bet you can't eat just one !”
Ten Minute Play Festivals have become an established and popular genre across the theatre world. Playwrights love the challenge. Thousands have been written by the best known playwrights to neophyte theater students in high schools and colleges. It’s a perfect training ground for new directors and actors, introducing them to the Actors Theatre audience. Many have gone on to direct or act in ATP Main Stage and Staged Reading productions.
A Splendid Time is Guaranteed for All !