Cary Playwrights’ Forum & OdysseyStage Present “NC 10 by 10: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays”

OdysseyStage Theatre teams up with Cary Playwrights’ Forum to present a new festival of ten-minute plays this summer: NC 10 by 10. Each group is producing five of the plays, with all ten being shown at each performance. Running first at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro July 19-22, the show moves to The Cary Theater for its second weekend, July 26-28.

The plays were picked from over six dozen submissions. Winning writers span the state, and their topics range even wider. Ed Southern’s Ol’ Jack Spooks the Devil recounts a funny NC folk tale, while Wim Coleman’s When the Wolfbane Blooms stems from a werewolf attack. Audiences can expect encounters with a menacing doctor, a very advanced ATM, and even Hansel and Gretel.

The festival patterns itself on the popular 10 by 10 in the Triangle that ran at The ArtsCenter from 2001 to 2016. That production used ten actors, which proved impractical for a show being rehearsed in two different towns, so NC 10 by 10 has a cast of 23, with separate directors taking on each of the ten scripts.

Performances take place at The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St. Carrboro, NC July 19-21 at 8:00 PM, with a Sunday matinee on July 22 at 3:00 PM. The second weekend is at The Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC ( (919) 462-2051) July 26-28 at 7:30 PM, with a matinee on Saturday, July 28 at 3:00 PM. General admission: $10 Thursdays, $18 Friday and Saturday nights, $15 matinees.

Tickets for performances at The ArtsCenter are available on their website, or by calling their box office, (919) 929-2787.
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By Susie Potter

Susie Potter is a 2009 graduate of Meredith College where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina Statue University. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. For more information visit