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The “10 by 10 in the Triangle” Short-Play Festival Returns to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro on July 6th

"The 10 by 10 in the Triangle" short-play festival will open on July 6th, at The ArtsCenter and run Thursday-Sunday through July 22nd

“The 10 by 10 in the Triangle” short-play festival will open on July 6th, at The ArtsCenter and run Thursday-Sunday through July 22nd

The ArtsCenter will present its 11th annual 10 by 10 in the Triangle short-play festival, which playwright Mike Folie has called “Hands-down, the best short-play festival in the country,” on July 6-8, 12-15, and 19-22 in the center’s Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater in Carrboro, NC.

According to The ArtsCenter:

“Over 500 scripts were submitted from all over the world and the final 10 plays selected for this year’s production are truly works of art.

10 by 10 in the Triangle is The ArtsCenter‘s international festival of new, 10-minute plays. A Triangle favorite, this 11th installment of theatrical shorts brings to the Triangle the very best of the increasingly popular 10-minute format.

“Over 500 scripts were submitted for this year’s festival from all over the United States and the world — including Canada, India, Ireland, Israel, and the U.K — with a panel of theatre artists selecting the ten best original plays for this production. All ten plays in 10 By 10 offer the audience a riveting, surprising, and unforgettable experience! RATED: PG-13

10 by 10 in the Triangle 2012 Plays [include:]

“‘A Short History of Weather‘ by Jonathan Yukich. The weather’s very important. Critical. It never leaves.

“‘After You‘ by Libba Beaucham. How far can good manners get you?

“‘It’s What’s for Dinner‘ by Jonathan Graham. The politics of food. Set in a fridge.

“‘Meet Cute‘ by Aishwarya Jha Mathur. Love found in an airport lounge.

“‘Misfortune‘ by Mark Harvey Levine. Fortune cookies with bad news….

“‘Northern Lights‘ by Tyler McClain. Sometimes signs have to be really, really big.

“‘Oedipus: The Prequel‘ by Matt Fotis. The story of Oedipus before all the bad stuff happens.

“‘Perfect Strangers‘ by Peter Snoad. The perfect stranger: no baggage, no agenda.

“‘Please Report Any Suspicious Activity‘ by Rick Park. His ex is a shark!

“‘The Quiz‘ by K. Alexa Mavromatis. What if you scored ‘remedial’ on a sex quiz … ?

10 by 10 acting ensemble [includes]: David Berberian, Fred Corlett, Brandon Garegnani, Leanne Norton Heintz, Page Purgar, Nilan Johnson, Jess Jones, Mary Rowland, Geraud Staton, and Laurel Ullman.

10 by 10 directors [are]: John Boni, Chris Chiron, Leslie Cloninger, Mark Filiaci, Sylvia Mallory, Carolyn McDaniel, Gregor McElvogue, Michael O’Foghludha, Jerry Sipp, and Julie Tomkovick.

10 by 10 production team [includes]: Cecilia Durbin (lighting designer), Jenn Evans (production stage manager), Chelsea Kurtzman (costume coordinator/designer), Nathan Logan (sound designer/musician), John Paul Middlesworth (technical director), Jeri Lynn Schulke (producer), and Devra Thomas (props coordinator/designer)

“Get your seats courtside for these feats of theatricality! 10 Actors, 10 Directors, 10 Minutes, 10 by 10!

The ArtsCenter presents THE 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE at 8 p.m. July 6 and 7, 3 p.m. July 8, 8 p.m. July 12-14, and 3 p.m. July 15, 8 p.m. July 19-21, and 3 p.m. July 22 in the Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro, North Carolina 27510.

TICKETS: $16 in advance and $18 the day of the show, except $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show for students and seniors 62+ and $13 for ArtsCenter Friends.

BOX OFFICE: 919/929-2787, ext. 201, or




NOTE: On July 14th, there will be a Playwrights Gala, which includes a post-performance question-and-answer session with some of the ten 2012 playwrights and a reception sponsored by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe ( and Courtyard by Marriott (


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