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10-Minute Plays

These eighteen 10-Minute Plays have been selected from hundreds of submissions from across the country. 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.

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MISTAKES & MEDIA
Learn more about THE WORD AND THE WASTELAND, the full-length play that inspired this theme.


CONNECTED
By Christopher Holbrook
Directed by Quill Nebeker
Annbjorg has just moved to NYC and is desperate for an apartment. Or so we think. When she meets two prospective roommates, it soon becomes clear that she — and them — are looking for something else.

PALM
By Graziella Jackson
Directed by Ty Hallmark
On the thirty-year anniversary of her family's murder, a young woman must decide whether to honor her only living relative’s wishes — to be removed from life support.

PRINCE AND RAPUNZEL
By Alyssa Wilden
Directed by Quill Nebeker
Rapunzel finds her #prince.

THE SALES RANK ALSO RISES
By John Yunker
Directed by Ty Hallmark
It's not easy being an author or spouse in the age of Amazon.com.

THE DEATH OF A STUPID MAN OR HOW I BECAME AN INTERNET SENSATION
By RN Healey
Directed by Sun King Davis
When Dawn films her boyfriend's death the video goes viral, and makes him an instant online celebrity.

THE SAD FUNERAL
By Lucas Kruger
Directed by Sun King Davis
At his friend Bradley’s funeral, Tate struggles to face his friend’s family, while at the same time, he confronts Rosie, who seems to be using Bradley's death to further her television career.

LOVE & BOTANY
Learn more about (A LOVE STORY) , the full-length play that inspired this theme.


TREE DANGLINGS
By Kristy Simmons
Directed by Joan Cummins
Me improvises a tale to You about a Lumberjack who reconciles with his wife after an unusual encounter with a tree.

A BOUQUET A DAY
By Madeline Dennis-Yates
Directed by Lila Becker
An unwilling deliveryman must help an artist who believes she could die at any moment.

THE TOMATO AND THE ONION
By Simon Henriques
Directed by Joan Cummins
When George innocently takes a bite out of a tomato Marie gives him, the metaphorical ramifications stand to doom their budding romance.

DIOECIOUS
By Kristen Davis-Coelho
Directed by Lila Becker
A couple silently lives out discrete moments of a life touched by loss, while three beings clash over their responsibility to intervene, at great personal risk to themselves.

ALLERGY
By Erica Smith
Directed by Brandon Butts
Len has just about given up any hope of surviving on his new homeworld, but Elshe — and a few plants — might just make him change his mind.

MANUS DEI
By Jeffrey Strausser
Directed by Brandon Butts
Manus Dei shows us that love can be based upon the flightiest of things.

SCIENCE & SOULMATES
Learn more about BLUE STRAGGLER, the full-length play that inspired this theme.


LIMIT: A FUNCTION OF WORD AND THOUGHT
By Alison Donnelly
Directed by Nick Martin
A couple in a car crash experience past moments of their relationship, observing how they came infinitely close to love, validation and balance.

DISSECTION
By Stephen Spotswood
Directed by Jenna Duncan
Maggie puts her relationship with her estranged wife Jennifer on the dissection table to discover where Jennifer's love for her ever really existed at all.

MATH
By T. Adamson
Directed by Nick Martin
A bear attempts to learn math for love.

BALL DROP
By Rich Espey
Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff
An astronomer tries to prove to his soulmate that the sun will return, despite its six-month retreat, and that looming eternal darkness is not on the horizon.

THE PHYSICS OF NOW
By Alex Dremann
Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff
On the cusp of discovering the key to time travel, Jake and Dagney are confronted with their future selves.

BOTH SIDES, NOW
By Elizabeth Archer
Directed by Jenna Duncan
A couple tries to separate and untangle their lives from each other, despite their medical team's wishes.

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