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THE NINTH ANNUAL 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE | July 8-25

“THE NINTH ANNUAL 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE” WILL FEATURE 10 ACTORS PERFORMING 10 TERRIFIC 10-MINUTE PLAYS FOR 10 BUCKS

On July 8-11, 15-18, and 22-25, ArtsCenter Stage will present THE NINTH ANNUAL 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE, with 10 actors performing ten 10-minute plays for just 10 bucks.

Lynden Harris founded the 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL in 2001,” notes ArtsCenter Stage artistic director Emily Ranii. “Over the past nine years, the number of play submissions has steadily increased … as well as the distance the submissions have traveled to reach The ArtsCenter. 10 BY 10 has grown from a regional, national, to international festival. Audiences often ask: ‘What do you look for in a play?’ Of course with 10 BY 10, we are looking for 10 plays that fit together to make a whole, yet diverse, production. Ultimately, however, we are looking for plays that we fall in love with … and that means a lot of different things.”

Ranii adds, “The annual play selection process stretches from January until May. This year, over 550 submissions went through three rounds of judging, narrowing it down to first 150 scripts, then 25 scripts, and finally to the ten 10 BY 10 productions.

According to The ArtsCenter:

“This is the year of eccentricities. The paints are negotiating with Picasso and the Ark of the Covenant is making its appearance. The laws of attraction are turning worlds upside down on a spaceship, in a closet, and around a revolving door.”

The 2010 lineup for the 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE includes:

  • Good God Enters Flossing,” written by J. Stephen Brantley. SYNOPSIS: “He was thinking about frittatas. He was flossing. Enter God.”
  • The Miles High Club,” a world premiere written by Doug Brook. SYNOPSIS: “It’s sex in space, not rocket science.”
  • Don’t Eat the Yellow Picasso,” written by James C. Ferguson. SYNOPSIS: “Why does Picasso like blue so much?”
  • Fighting Mr. Right,” a world premiere written by Barbara Lindsay. SYNOPSIS: “She won’t sleep with him until they have thee fights. So … he picks a fight!”
  • Stuck,” a world premiere written by Christopher Lockheardt. SYNOPSIS: “STUCK … in a revolving door.”
  • 30 Love,” written by Terry McFadden. SYNOPSIS: “A divorce? Or a tennis match? Get your seats courtside!”
  • The Size of Furniture,” written by Benjamin Adair Murphy. SYNOPSIS: “She thinks it’s too big; he (of course) thinks it’s too small.”
  • Somewhere Out There,” a world premiere written by David Rabinowitz. SYNOPSIS: “Stardust, a boy, and a Sony Walkman.”
  • Closet Case,” a world premiere written by Judd Lear Silverman. SYNOPSIS: “One man’s closet is another woman’s … house?”
  • The Banana Trial,” written by Eddie Zipperer. SYNOPSIS: “A whole lotta monkey business.”

Guest directors for the 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE include Chris Chiron, Jerome Davis, PJ Maske, Kylie McCormick, Emily Ranii, Jeri Lynn Schulke, Jerry Sipp, and Jeff Stanley. The acting ensemble includes John Allore, Chris Chiron, Kenneth De Abrew, Sarah Hayes Donnell, Lori Mahl, Morrisa Nagel, Dan Oliver, Julie Oliver, Estes Tarver, and Jenny Wales.

“Carrboro playwright David Rabinowitz developed ‘Somewhere Out There’ as a radio play for the Playwrights’ Roundtable, The ArtsCenter‘s resident playwrights lab,” notes festival producer Emily Ranii. She adds, “Well-known local musician Bryon Settle (of Lud, Killer Filler, and Settle Ross Bell) will be playing all of the music live. So there are 10 actors, but 11 performers!”

In addition to producer Emily Ranii and sound designer/musician Bryon Settle, the production team for THE NINTH ANNUAL 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE includes Ellie Chaika (production stage manager), Cecilia Durbin (lighting designer), Leslie Fann (rehearsal stage manager), B Holroyd (props designer), and Katharine Whalen (costume designer).

ArtsCenter Stage presents THE NINTH ANNUAL 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE at 8 p.m. July 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24 and 3 p.m. July 11, 18, and 25 in the Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater at 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, North Carolina 27510.

TICKETS: $10. BOX OFFICE: 919/929-2787, ext. 201; info@artscenterlive.org; or http://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://www.artscenterlive.org/index.php?a=Theatre&b=Current Productions&id=799.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.artscenterlive.org/.

PARKING/DIRECTIONS: http://www.artscenterlive.org/index.php?a=About Us&b=Directions.

NOTE 1: On July 10th, there will be a Playwright Gala, with a post-show discussion with the playwrights and a reception catered by Milltown and sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott.

NOTE 2: On July 17th, there will be a Meet-the-Artists post-show discussion with the cast, directors, and production team, followed by a reception.

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