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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.

2016 Festival 10-Minute Plays

HEROES & HOME
Learn more about BURIED CITIES, the full-length play that inspired this theme.


A WHIFF OF HUMANITY
By Mark Eisman
Directed by Rachael Murray
Kit: Mindy Shaw
Jeff: Connor Hogan
Vicki: Karen Elle

A human being with an exceptional sense of smell applies for a job with the TSA previously reserved for canines.

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LOVE AND MINOR DESTRUCTION
By Maximillian Gill
Directed by Kristen Pilgrim
Mother: Vanita Kalra
Father: Shawn Jain
Colin: Joseph Graf
Nisha: Ariana Almajan

A young Indian woman makes a meaningful change in her relationship with her family with the inspiration of a totemic Hindu goddess.

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WE COULD BE HEROES
By David MacGregor
Directed by Anna Lathrop
Pam: Kimberlee Wolfson
Hank: Danny Pushkin

Who are our heroes? And how do we decide who’s worthy of the title?

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HAROLD EVENTUALLY RECONCILES WITH HIS SISTER IN ONE SECOND.
By Jason Pizzarello
Directed by Anna Lathrop
Julie: Kimberlee Wolfson
Harold: Danny Pushkin

Harold and his sister experience reconciliation through a metaphysical exploration of time.

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THAT KID
By Jane Willis
Directed by Rachael Murray
Evelyn: Mindy Shaw
Fabian: Connor Hogan

When her grandson starts throwing rocks at the deer in their yard, Evelyn tries to find a window into the young boy’s mind.

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MAN IN PERIL
By Alex Dremann
Directed by Kristen Pilgrim
Man in Peril: Christopher Carillo
Superhero: Joseph Graf
Villain: Ariana Almajan

The proverbial "damsel in distress" must save the hero if they’re both going to make it back home safe and sound.

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SECRETS & SOUND
Learn more about STATIC, the full-length play that inspired this theme.


THE FERBERIZING OF CORAL
By Patrick Flynn
Directed by Anne Donnelly
Kevin: David Johnson
Karen: Rebecca Ballinger

Kevin and Karen Montgomery are vexed by their child and their parents through their baby monitor as they try to teach their infant daughter to soothe herself.

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IN BETWEEN THE DROPS
By Elayne Heilveil
Directed by Kevin Place
Officer Grey: Mediombo Fofana
Ms. Shafer: Madeline Burrows

When an aspiring actress comes to reveal a secret crime, a tough cop questions her authenticity.

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KYLIE AND JANET AND ROBYN AND CHER
By John Bavoso
Directed by Matt Ripa
Brandon: Patrick Joy
Everett: Andrew Flurer
Curtis: Gregory Atkin

Curtis has only just met Everett, but he learns a lot about his new booty call — and his past — by snooping though the music on his computer.

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ADAM’S TEMPTATION
By Jack Piland
Directed by Kevin Place
Harvey: Mediombo Fofana
Maria: Madeline Burrows

In an underground facility, Maria and Harvey await instructions while listening to a mysterious and monotone voice as it rattles off countless ones and zeros.

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SIGN LANGUAGE
By Joshua E. Reinhardt
Directed by Matt Ripa
Benny: Aarron Loggins
Liam: Katrina Clark

Through both ASL and verbal communication, Benny and Liam team up to explore what it means to find your own voice.

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I DON’T KNOW …
By James McLindon
Directed by Anne Donnelly
Sergeant: Kevin McGuinness
Private 1: David Johnson
Private 2: Rebecca Ballinger
Private 3: Emily Gilson
Private 4: Nate Shelton

A drill sergeant takes his new recruits for a run … straight into a brave new world.

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DREAMS & DISCORD
Learn more about BALLAST, the full-length play that inspired this theme.


HANS & ELSIE
By Alyssa Wilden
Directed by Gus Heagerty
Hans: Jonathan Helwig
Elsie: Laura Artesi

Elsie is so busy imagining the worst that she misses the best.

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RIDING LESSONS
By Brett Hursey
Directed by Lex Davis
Clark: Matthew Sparacino
Eddie: Kendall Helblig
Clown: Mary Myers

Girl meets boy … and his clown.

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EVERLAST
By Francesca Pazniokas
Directed by Sarah Scafidi
Yuki: Tess Higgins
Silas: Jonathan Helwig

Two ambitious young adventurers must decide what they are willing to sacrifice to achieve their goal of climbing Mt. Everest.

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THE RED LIGHT
By David L. Williams
Directed by Gus Heagert
Eva: Stephanie Garcia
Charly: Laura Artesi

In a country under constant surveillance, Eva and Charly have entered an illegal relationship, and today they must decide whether to escape as planned or give up their dreams forever.

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CHOOSING YOU
By Rachel Lynett
Directed by Lex Davis
Tyler: Matthew Sparacino
Cass: Kendall Helblig
Aurora: Mary Myers

As Aurora moves through her day, she considers the two very different lives she might have lived.

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THE METH IN METHOD
By Tommy Partl
Directed by Sarah Scafidi
Stacy: Tess Higgins
Rufus: Jonathan Helwig
James: Joe Killiany
Isabel: Kelsey Murphy
Brad: Jonathan Frye
Abby: Paige O'Malley

A typical 9 to 5 corporate office. That sells meth.

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