The ArtsCenter will present The 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle, which playwright Mike Folie has called “Hands-down, the best short-play festival in the country,” on July 8-17 in the center’s Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater in Carrboro, NC. To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, the 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle’s 2011 selection of ten 10-minute plays will run July 8-10 and 14-17; and The Best of 10 by 10 will run July 22-24 and 29-31 in the Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater.
According to The ArtsCenter:
“Every year, The ArtsCenter‘s 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle — an international festival of new 10-minute plays — grows bigger and better than the year before. True to form, this year’s 10th annual festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best one yet!
From over 900 scripts submitted from all over the United States and the world — including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Russia, and Italy — a panel of theater artists has selected 10 terrific plays for this production.
“From super heroes to Greek gods, Hamlet’s Ghost to guardian angels, this year’s plays examine everything from relationships, to family dynamics, job security, the meaning of life, and life at the end of the world.
“10 by 10 2011 features regional and world premieres from playwrights as far away as Alaska, California, Texas, Iowa, Ohio, Rhode Island, New York, [and] Georgia, as well as two from right here in the Triangle. Ian Finley, playwright of ‘Suspense,’ is the director of education for Burning Coal Theatre Company, as well as their resident playwright; and John Paul Middlesworth, playwright of ‘Exit Right,’ is not only a Chapel Hill man, he is also a member of the Playwrights Roundtable, The ArtsCenter‘s resident playwrights lab. 10 by 10 is, after all, international theater at its most local.
“All plays in the 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle offer a riveting, surprising, and unforgettable theater experience; all in less than 10 minutes. Get your seats court-side for these feats of theatricality!”
The 2011 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle lineup includes:
· “Dating 101” by Tom Deiker of Clive, IA. SYNOPSIS: “Two guardian angels steer their charges through a first date.”
· “Duo” by Tom Moran of Fairbanks, AK. SYNOPSIS: “Will Rockman and Gravel Girl save the day? Tune in to find out.”
· “Exit Right” by John Paul Middlesworth of Chapel Hill, NC. SYNOPSIS: “A sage on his deathbed runs into difficulties with his last words to the world.”
· “Ghost Lite” by Justin Warner (http://www.justinwarner.net/) of Jackson Heights, NY. SYNOPSIS: “A comic rewrite of Hamlet, Act One, Scene 5.”
· “Jinxed” by K. Alexa Mavromatis of Providence, RI. SYNOPSIS: “A post-apocalyptic fight over whoopee pies … and so much more.”
· “Suspense” by Ian Finley of Raleigh, NC. SYNOPSIS: “Murder, Scandal, Bananas Foster. A quiet night with the family.”
· “The Beginning” by Tom Swift of San Francisco, CA. SYNOPSIS: “A love story in 10 minutes.”
· “The Coyote Stratagem” by Guadalupe Flores of San Marco, TX. SYNOPSIS: “A couple hash out the end of their relationship by using some unusual strategies.”
· “The Sum of Your Experience” by Trace Crawford (http://www.tracecrawford.com/) of Hillard, OH. SYNOPSIS: “Your money or your life? You might not be able to take either with you.”
· “Weight of the World” by Eddie Zipperer of Macon, GA. SYNOPSIS: “Atlas discovers that the Earth may not need as much help as he thought.”
Guest directors for 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle include: Jeff Aguiar, Chris Chiron, Leslie Cloninger, Mark Filiaci, Sylvia Mallory, Carolyn McDaniel, Meredith Sause, and ArtsCenter Stage artistic director and 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle producer Jeri Lynn Schulke.
The ensemble includes Chris Chiron, Kelsey Didion, Matt Garner, Susannah Hough, Kelsey Kallang, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Brook North, Page Purgar, Ros Schwartz, Geraud Staton.
The 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle production team includes: Joseph Amodei (lighting designer), Katie Anderson (costume designer), Jenn Evans (production stage manager), Leslie Fann (rehearsal stage manager), Alice Harris (light board operator), Nathan Logan (sound designer/musician), Julie Mayberry (properties designer), and Jeri Lynn Schulke (producer).
According to The ArtsCenter:
“‘This summer marks the 10th Anniversary of 10 by 10 and we could not let this milestone go by without celebrating,’ says Jeri Lynn Schulke …. ‘As such, following the two-week run of 10 by 10 2011, we are presenting The Best of 10 by 10 with some of the most popular 10-minute plays from the last 10 years. An opportunity like this only comes along every 10 years and we’ll be making the most of it!’
“Among the plays selected for The Best of… are ‘Helluva Poker Face,’ ‘The Rental,’ ‘Dust,’ ‘Ship of Fools,’ and ‘Fighting Mister Right.’ A few actors will be reprising roles from years past and the original casts from ‘Green Eggs and Mamet’ and ‘The Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music’ will be reunited.
“Plays for The Best of 10 by 10 were selected from a group of 20 plays suggested by Lynden Harris; artistic and producing director of 10 by 10 (2002-08), Emily Ranii; artistic and producing director of 10 by 10 (2009-10); and Jeri Lynn Schulke, current artistic and producing director of 10 by 10. Those 20 plays were given to The Best of… directors, and their selections determined the final 10 plays.
“‘The Best of 10 by 10 were all audience favorites,’ Schulke says. ‘We are looking forward to sharing these plays again and to bringing back directors, actors, and playwrights who have worked with 10 by 10 in years past. We’re celebrating this summer with lots of familiar faces, and we couldn’t be more happy.'”
The ArtsCenter adds:
“The Best of 10 by 10 features audience favorites from the past 10 years. All the plays selected for The Best of [10 by 10] garnered rave reviews from audience members and reviewers alike and now they’re all in one production!
“The Best of [10 by 10] offers riveting, surprising, and unforgettable experience; all in less than 10 minutes. Get your seats courtside for these feats of theatricality!”
The Best of 10 by 10 lineup includes:
· “Bluff” by Mike Folie (http://www.mikefolie.com/) of Congers, NY. SYNOPSIS: “They’re both betting on a bluff; this time the wild card is a gun.”
· Dust” by Mike Folie. SYNOPSIS: “Are the differences between men and women just too great?”
· “Exit Interview” by Doug Reed of Stoughton, WI. SYNOPSIS: “Strongly agree. Agree. Neutral. Disagree. Strongly disagree.”
· “Fighting Mr. Right” by Barbara Lindsay of Seattle, WA. SYNOPSIS: “She won’t sleep with him until they have 3 fights. So … he picks a fight!
· “Green Eggs and Mamet” by Matt Casarino (http://www.mattcasarino.com/) of Wilmington, DE. SYNOPSIS: “David Mamet meets Dr. Seuss.”
· “Helluva Poker Face” by Christopher Lockheardt of Andover, ME. SYNOPSIS: “Sometimes you just have to eat your losses.”
· “The Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music” by Doug Reed of Stoughton, WI. SYNOPSIS: “A honeymoon to remember….”
· “Larry Gets the Call” by Matt Casarino. SYNOPSIS: “A message from God and she’s not kidding.
· “Ship of Fools” by Patrick Gabridge of Boston, MA. SYNOPSIS: “Role-playing to die for….”
· “The Rental” by Mark Harvey Levine (http://markharveylevine.com/) of Los Angeles, CA. SYNOPSIS: “Meet the man of your dreams for a very affordable price.”
Guest directors for The Best of 10 by 10 include: John Boni, Jerome Davis, Julie Fishell, Greg Hohn, Derrick Ivey, Tony Lea, Joseph Megel, and Jeri Lynn Schulke
The ensemble includes John Boni, Thaddeaus Edwards, Greg Hohn, Jillian Holmquist, Barbette Hunter, Morrisa Nagel, Nicole Quenelle, Brad Schnurr, Eric Swenson, and Jenny Wales.
The production team The Best of 10 by 10 includes: Jenn Evans (production stage manager), Joseph Amodei (lighting designer), Leslie Fann (rehearsal stage manager), Jeri Lynn Schulke (producer), Nathan Logan (sound designer/musician), and Judy Chang (costume designer).
SECOND OPINION: July 5th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Cliff Bellamy: http://heraldsun.com/bookmark/14604300 (Note: You must register first to read this article).
The ArtsCenter presents THE 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE at 8 p.m. July 8 and 9, 3 p.m. July 10, 8 p.m. July 14-16, and 3 p.m. July 17 and THE BEST OF 10 BY 10 at 8 p.m. July 22 and 23, 3 p.m. July 24, 8 p.m. July 29 and 30, and 3 p.m. July 31 in the Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, North Carolina 27510.
TICKETS: $14 in advance and $16 the day of the show, except $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show for students and seniors 62+ and $12 for ArtsClub Members.
BOX OFFICE: 919/929-2787, ext. 201, or http://www.etix.com/.
2011 FESTIVAL: http://artscenterlive.org/performance/center-stage.
THE BEST OF 10 BY 10: http://artscenterlive.org/event/performance/513.
DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.artscenterlive.org/index.php?a=About Us&b=Directions.
NOTE 1: On July 9th, there will be a Playwrights Gala, which includes a post-performance question-and-answer session with six out of the ten 2011 playwrights and a reception sponsored by Milltown (http://www.dininganddrinking.com/index.htm). For details, click http://artscenterlive.org/event/performance/508.
NOTE 2: On July 16, there will be a “Meet the Artists” question-and-answer session the actors, directors, and production team, followed by a reception.
NOTE 3: On July 23rd, there will be a Playwrights Gala, which includes a post-performance question-and-answer session with six out of the ten 2011 playwrights and a reception sponsored by Milltown and Southern Rail Restaurant and Bar (http://www.thestationcarrboro.com/) and sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott (http://www.courtyardchapelhill.com/).
NOTE 4: On July 30th, there will be a “Meet the Artists” question-and-answer session with the actors, directors, and production team, followed by a reception.
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