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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

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


CHOOSING YOU
By Rachel Lynett
Directed by Lex Davis
As Aurora moves through her day, she considers the two very different lives she might have lived.

EVERLAST
By Francesca Pazniokas
Directed by Sarah Scafidi
Two ambitious young adventurers must decide what they are willing to sacrifice to achieve their goal of climbing Mt. Everest.

HANS & ELSIE
By Alyssa Wilden
Directed by Gus Heagerty
Elsie is so busy imagining the worst that she misses the best.

RIDING LESSONS
By Brett Hursey
Directed by Lex Davis
Girl meets boy … and his clown.

THE METH IN METHOD
By Tommy Partl
Directed by Sarah Scafidi
A typical 9 to 5 corporate office. That sells meth.

THE RED LIGHT
By David L. Williams
Directed by Gus Heagert
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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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
A human being with an exceptional sense of smell applies for a job with the TSA previously reserved for canines.

LOVE AND MINOR DESTRUCTION
By Maximillian Gill
Directed by Kristen Pilgrim
A young Indian woman makes a meaningful change in her relationship with her family with the inspiration of a totemic Hindu goddess.

HAROLD EVENTUALLY RECONCILES WITH HIS SISTER IN ONE SECOND.
By Jason Pizzarello
Directed by Anna Lathrop
Harold and his sister experience reconciliation through a metaphysical exploration of time.

MAN IN PERIL
By Alex Dremann
Directed by Kristen Pilgrim
The proverbial "damsel in distress" must save the hero if they’re both going to make it back home safe and sound.

THAT KID
By Jane Willis
Directed by Rachael Murray
When her grandson starts throwing rocks at the deer in their yard, Evelyn tries to find a window into the young boy’s mind.

WE COULD BE HEROES
By David MacGregor
Directed by Anna Lathrop
Who are our heroes? And how do we decide who’s worthy of the title?

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


ADAM’S TEMPTATION
By Jack Piland
Directed by Kevin Place
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.

I DON’T KNOW …
By James McLindon
Directed by Anne Donnelly
A drill sergeant takes his new recruits for a run … straight into a brave new world.

IN BETWEEN THE DROPS
By Elayne Heilveil
Directed by Kevin Place
When an aspiring actress comes to reveal a secret crime, a tough cop questions her authenticity.

KYLIE AND JANET AND ROBYN AND CHER
By John Bavoso
Directed by Matt Ripa
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.

THE FERBERIZING OF CORAL
By Patrick Flynn
Directed by Anne Donnelly
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.

SIGN LANGUAGE
By Joshua E. Reinhardt
Directed by Matt Ripa
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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