Big Things in Small Packages
FOURTEENTH ANNUAL TEN-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Romance and mystery, passion and intrigue, humor and heartbreak — the playmaker’s art stripped down to its sinewy essentials. The ten-minute play, whatever its subject, puts you in the middle of the action immediately. You’ll find smiles, tears and surprises among the eight new plays in this competition for Florida playwrights, to be presented May 9-12 at the Jane B. Cook Theatre (Asolo/FSU Center for the Performing Arts) in Sarasota.
The Best Play, as determined by a panel of experienced theatre professionals, will receive a $500 prize. Runner-Up receives $300. Winners will be announced following the final performance on May 12.
Here’s the lineup for the 2019 Ten-Minute Play Festival:
Coming to Town by Keith Whalen
Kenny’s retiree parents Walter and Arlene visit him during the Christmas season. They bring news for Kenny that could upend his life.
A Conundrum by Dan Higgs
A sort of a love story with sort of a twist.
Crunchers by Frank Motz
The year 2030 and Alexa is now a life size robot who has been given an ability similar to feelings. She and Robert, her owner, develop a relationship that leads to him returning her for adjustment. Emily, the computer technician comes to check on the adjustment and she and Robert develop a relationship. But, has Alexa really been adjusted?
Dome by James Kassees
The Roman Empire is in its twilight years. General Gluteus Maximus, stuck in a far-flung outpost, builds a dome to protect against a threat from the indigenous Kohoni people, which turns out to be nonexistent—or does it?
Family by Numbers by Arianna Rose
A man meets a woman. They fall in love. What starts as two people expands into a family of five. But what happens when the numbers shift?
Family Visitation by Paul Donnelly
A young man’s final visit to his dying lover does not go as he had planned.
Life on Earth by Connie Schindewolf
After dumping Ryan just months earlier, Ellie returns to profess her love for him. Ryan is ecstatic until he hears her surprising request.
Volition by Tony Gunn
A lawyer meets with a new client, only to find that she is faced with a very difficult decision that will change her life forever.
Who Done It by Robert Wanderman
Lord Isaac is found dead in his drawing room, his feet missing, a spear stuck in his chest, his trousers drenched. Did he die from combat with a shark or otherwise? Inspector Scott will determine “Who Done It”, the shark, Rhett the butler, the young wife Lady Eloise or the recently sacked footman Belch.