Washington’s Source For New Work

10-Minute Plays

The Source Festival 2015 line-up will be announced in March of 2015. Please read below for details on Source Festival 2014.

These eighteen 10-Minute Plays have been selected from more than 500 nationwide submissions. Together, they serve as a sampler of some of the sharpest, wittiest, most incisive, and thought-provoking writing going on in America today. For your viewing pleasure, the plays have been loosely grouped together into themes related to each of our full-length plays. You’ll find the thematic grouping color-coded throughout the Festival calendar and website.

MORTALITY
Learn more about A BID TO SAVE THE WORLD, the full-length play that inspired this theme, and read the reviews of these plays at DC Theatre Scene and DCMetroTheaterArts.


DUST TO DUST TO DUST
By Aaron Weissman
Directed by Annalisa Dias
A boy mourning the loss of his father uses his ashes to create a universe in a box.

DRESSING BOBBY STRONG
By Stephen Spotswood*
Directed by Annalisa Dias
When Constance discovers the first person she'll be dressing as part of her position as funeral director's assistant is an unrequited love, it sparks a cascade of memories and regret.

THE NARROW GATE
By Sarah Bernstein
Directed by Angela Pirko
A man and woman weigh the pleasures and heartaches of life against the possibility of living forever in the Exoverse with their spiritual leader, Zed.

PAINTED
By Mariah MacCarthy
Directed by Angela Pirko
Michelle, with the help of a paintbrush and her girlfriend Lola, finds a way to make peace with her dying mother.

NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT
By Jonathan Spector
Directed by Nick Vargas
It's the end of the world as we know it. Or not. But as long as we're waiting we better get this thing figured out.

THE AURORA MAINFRAME
By Timothy Guillot*
Directed by Nick Vargas
Cody copes with his father's absence by acting out his very own interstellar space saga.

QUESTS
Learn more about DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, the full-length play that inspired this theme, and read the review by these plays at DC Theatre Scene.


OLD GRAY DEVIL
By Elizabeth Archer
Directed by Mark Kamie
A group of circus artists bury one of their co-workers.

THE WILD ONES
By Molly Hagan
Directed by Mark Kamie
A couple hopes that a drastic transformation will change their life.

AFTER UNLOCKING THE UNIVERSE
By Susan Goodell
By Orion Jones
A woman seeking to change her life learns there’s such a thing as too much success.

THE RELUCTANT GENIE OF NIAMEY
By Marine Gassier*
Directed by Orion Jones
An aging man seeks the Genie who has once granted him three poisoned wishes.

LOCAL PILGRIMAGE
By Philip Kaplan
Directed by Maryam Foye
Peter's dream is to see the house where Abraham Lincoln grew up. So why is he in Brooklyn?

CORN BREAD WITH RAISINS AND ALMONDS
By Benjamin Marshall
Directed by Maryam Foye
A young woman goes on a quest to find a recipe that will connect her to a lost love.

REVENGE
Learn more about THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER, the full-length play that inspired this theme, and read the review of these plays at DC Theatre Scene.


COLLECT EVERYTHING
By Vincent Delaney
Directed by Jarrod Jabre
Amira's work as an NSA operative exposes her to secrets about her own life that she might be better off not knowing.

WHAT REMAINS OF YOUTH
Erik Gernand
Directed by Jarrod Jabre
A college student suspects her boyfriend may be planning something violent.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE AND OTHER COSMIC CONSEQUENCES
By A.K. Forbes
Directed by Adi Stein
Karma, a woman scorned, seeks vengeance against a ruling class of aliens while Bill, an eternal optimist, attempts to save the status quo… and their lives.

FREDDY AND CATHY
By Alyssa Wilden*
Directed by Adi Stein
A 50’s housewife attempts to break free from her repressive world.

PICNIC ON THE LAKE
By CJ Ehrlich
Directed by Jennifer Mendenhall
A couple climbs a mountain for a romantic idyll by a glacial mountain lake. But all is not what it seems, as romance gives way to recriminations and a thirst for revenge.

WE ARE NOT ANIMALS
By John Kelly
Directed by Jennifer Mendenhall
Three women take prisoner an operator of American military drones.

*DC-based Playwrights

Photo by C. Stanley Photography


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