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10 by 10 in the Triangle Returns to The ArtsCenter

10 by 10 at the ArtsCenter Live in Carrboro NCCARRBORO, NC – This summer marks the 11th Anniversary of 10 By 10 in the Triangle, an international play festival of 10-minute plays and a Triangle Tradition. Finally true to our claim of international status, this year’s festival includes our very first international selection! Over 500 scripts were submitted for this year’s festival from all over the United States and the world with the ten very best original plays selected for this production. Get your seats for these feats of theatricality! 10 Actors, 10 Directors, 10 Minutes, 10 By 10! The performances will be from July 6-8, 12-15, and 19-22 at The ArtsCenter. Plays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be at 8 p.m. and on Sunday they will start at 3 p.m. The ArtsCenter Stage is international theatre at its most local; traditional theatre at its freshest; offbeat theatre at its most inspired! For tickets and more information: www.artscenterlive.org or 919-929-2787 ext. 201.

From Oedipus to star-crossed lovers, from end-of-life requests to dining mishaps, this year’s plays examine everything from budding romance, life-long relationships, speed dating, workplace dynamics, mid-life crisis, the Northern Lights, items in a family’s fridge, dolphins on a subway, and bad fortune cookies. Once again, 10 By 10 does it all! The plays include It’s What’s for Dinner by Jonathan Graham, Perfect Strangers by Peter Snoad, A Short History of Weather by Jonathan Yukich, Misfortune by Mark Harvey Levine, Meet Cute by Aishwarya Jha Mathur, The Quiz by K. Alexa Mavromatis, After You by Libba Beaucham, Northern Lights by Tyler McClain, Oedipus: The Prequel by Matt Fotis, and Please Report Any Suspicious Activity by Rick Park.

Aishwarya Jha Mathur’s play, Meet Cute is 10 By 10’s first production of an international submission. The ArtsCenter has had plays submitted from countries outside of the U.S before but this is the first one that has made it through to the final ten. “We couldn’t be more excited!” says Jeri Lynn Schulke, Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage. Aishwarya has a pretty interesting biography. She has been writing since she could spell – okay, since rather before that – and previously her poetry and essays have been published in local newspapers and in Paradigm Literary Journal.  Her love for theatre has frequently propelled her onto the stage, but this is the first time she’s actually tried her hand at writing a play and watching it take on a life of its own, having been performed in Bangalore as well as New York this spring. She lives in New Delhi, Indian where she is finishing up her undergraduate degree.

Playwright Rick Park also has an impressive biography. He is a Boston based actor, director and playwright. His full length play, The Superheroine Monologues (co-written with John Kuntz), has had sold out runs in Boston, Orange County, CA and is being optioned by companies in Chicago and London. It was also nominated for Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England. His 10-minute plays have been performed across the country and have been published in several anthologies. Currently, Rick is in the MFA Program in Playwriting at Boston University, where his thesis play, Gay Guy/Fat Girl, was workshopped and another full length play, Scene 8, was recently produced as an entry for the Kennedy Center writing competitions (KCATF). His play, Please Report Any Suspicious Activity will be part of the 10 By 10 this year. For more information on the other talented 10 By 10 playwrights, contact Jeri Lynn Schulke.

Performances at The ArtsCenter are made possible by the support of Tony Hall & Associates, Courtyard by Marriott, the Carrboro Citizen, and The ArtsCenter Friends. Tickets for Friday/Saturday are $16 in advance, $13 ArtsCenter Friends, $18 day of show. On Thursday/Sunday, tickets are $14 in advance, $12 ArtsCenter Friends and $16 day of show from www.artscenterlive.org or The ArtsCenter Box Office at 300-G East Main Street; Carrboro, NC 27510; 919.929.2787, ext. 201.

The ArtsCenter is a non-profit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves nearly 60,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact of almost $2,900,000, which generates the equivalent of 78 full time jobs and $231,000 in state and local tax revenue.

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