TENTH ANNUAL STUDENT TEN-MINUTE PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL
Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 5 — 7:30 pm • Feb 6 — 2:00 pm
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We are pleased to announce a return to the Cook Theatre! Observing the health and safety protocols designed to protect patrons as well as actors, crew and theater staff, this season’s new student plays will again be onstage. Entries were invited from students in grades 9-12 in Sarasota and the 15 counties surrounding (see Submission Guidelines for details). The eight finalists below will be presented on stage and the winning playwright will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship. Runner-up award is $500.
A Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy
Alice is the picture of a perfect teenage girl – cheerleader, nuclear family, happy life – but when her beloved dog dies suddenly, she turns to local loner Oliver and some dark magic to fix her first real loss.
Elaina Bayard is a junior at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School. This is her second year having a play in Theater Odyssey’s Student Playwriting Festival: her play “Fermatta” won Runner-Up last year. When she is not busy writing or daydreaming, she enjoys reading, swimming, and playing piano. Elaina can’t wait to see her play and all of the other plays performed on stage this year!
Jake The Pain Within
A football player with a lot of buried resentments learns about how to handle them in a positive way and move on.
Jaylen Benony is a Sophomore at Booker high school, where he is an ambassador as well as the President of the literacy club. He enjoys writing plays, poetry and short stories. He plans on attending a four-year college to help improve his writing skills so he can become a creative writing teacher or a poet.
The Death of Brennan Doyle
Shannon Young met Brennan Doyle in college. They fell deeply in love and dated until they were both out of school. After six years of marriage, everything seems perfect. However, soon a terrible accident changes both of their lives.
Brice Carlton is a passionate author, filmmaker, and actor. He is a Junior at Parrish Community High school and studies theater. He gained interest in film at a young age and has worked to pursue his creativity and hopes to continue to grow in this field. He has hobbies in wildlife rescue and education. He hopes to attain a future career in film and creative writing to make his mark on the pages of history.
The Last Colony
A religious group of hopeless colonists on Mars must overcome a moral and social dilemma to save their chance at life.
Patrick van Eyck has been interested in the theater since he appeared as Jack in his second-grade production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Subsequently, he has been involved in play productions throughout his school career and currently studies Theater Arts at Saint Stephen’s in Bradenton. Though his love of writing has been expressed in other creative fields, The Last Colony is Patrick’s first play to be produced, for which he is both grateful and delighted.
The Real World
Set post Nuclear War era, a family of four live together in a military bunker. The older sibling Timothy has a taste for the outside world and is fed up with the “lockdown lifestyle.”
Jake Pettingell is a 17-year-old senior from Sarasota. He attends Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School and will be graduating in May 2022. In his free time he plays highly competitive tennis, and will be playing tennis in college. This is his first year taking theatre at Saint Stephen’s and it is one of his favorite classes.
Put a Clock in It! (It’s a Pun)
The hands of a clock realize that they have only ten minutes left until they and their clock suddenly disappear from existence.
Giovanni Porreca is a 15-year-old sophomore born and raised in Florida as the second sibling in his family. Since the 7th grade, he has developed a major interest in aspects of theatre and other art forms such as acting techniques, playwriting, musical theatre, choir, and ensemble work. He hopes to one day put these interests and developing skills into practice in a career involving theatre or choir.
You Belong With Me
Loré thought she had the perfect marriage, perfect husband, and perfect life — but why is her husband home so late?
Jennifer Tomas is 16 years old and attends Lake Gibson High School. This is her first time to have a play accepted as a finalist in Theater Odyssey’s Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival. This is also her first time trying out for the Playwriting Festival. She has always had a passion for script writing and now she ready to begin sharing her plays with others.
The Unspoken Problem
Chloe is a hard-working student but encounters a problem with her most recent assignment. According to her teacher, her paper on racism “did not meet the assignment requirements.” Chloe knows that she met all of the requirements and is compelled to challenge the teacher’s claim.
Lexi Vega — Writing plays and scripts have always been a hobby of mine. I enjoy incorporating my own experiences into my work and making it come to life. When I was young, I was always making short films by myself or with my friends. I’ve consistently loved being apart of the theatre community. I am so excited to have been chosen for this opportunity. The topic of my play had played an important role in my life, and I can’t wait to see it come to life.
Alan is a graduate of the State University at New Paltz, a Rotary Scholar to England, a Scholarship to, and Graduate of, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has appeared in repertory on Broadway in the APA Repertory Company, and in 10 other Broadway shows including the original JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He’s done several plays Off-Broadway, and in U.S. Professional Theatres: the Guthrie Theatre, Missouri Rep, Syracuse Repertory, Penn State, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He taught Acting, Shakespeare, and Restoration Comedy at Syracuse University, was a member of the New York State Council of the Arts, and has appeared in TV soaps, ONE DAY AT A TIME, and GOOD TIMES for Norman Lear. He writes and records for the California Company Steinbeck Now.
With a degree in Theatre, Kathryn Chesley taught all aspects the craft and produced and/or directed over 65 musicals and plays, winning directing awards from the Theatre Association of New York State and has written several plays which were performed locally. Her last play, The Roads We Traveled to Sarasota County, has been filmed. She runs Life and Times Portrayals, where she presents programs about local history through the eyes of historic women: Bertha Palmer, Marie Selby, and Mable Ringling, to name a few. She is a trained theatrical adjudicator. She is the past Education Chairperson for the Asolo Repertory Theater Guild and has adjudicated for the district 6 festival and the state finals for the Florida Theater Conference, as well as the Florida Thespians, a division of the Educational Theater Association. She also presented workshops at theatrical conferences on: theater games, comedy timing, playwriting, developing subtext and directing.
Bob has a long history of producing, directing and choreographing shows for Broadway, Off Broadway, cruise ships, theme parks, regional and community theaters as well as corporate shows. He was the founder and CEO of West Bank Creative, a business theater agency in the metro New York City area. He was part of the creative and producing teams of the five-time Tony-nominated Broadway show “Romance/Romance” and the Drama Desk and Obie Award winner “Olympus On My Mind”. He directed six shows for Celebrity Cruise Lines and numerous shows for Walt Disney Entertainment, Disney Business Productions and Disney Special Events. At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, he was Show Director for the development and opening of “Rhino Rally” and Creative Consultant for “Cast Away Critters”. Locally Bob has directed “Stop The World,” “Titanic,” “Amadeus,” “Greetings,” “Titanic,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “She Loves Me,” and “Seussical” to name a few.