Forensics Investigators take on a puzzling murder case which quickly spirals out of control and leads to an unbelievable conclusion. A longtime unhappily married husband and wife are obliged to play “The Happy Couple” when meeting their daughter’s future in-laws. A young man has to face his fears when sheltered in a basement during a tornado with his slightly oddball neighbors.
These were the scenarios of just three of the eight plays which were presented at Weathervane Playhouse on July 10, 11 and 12 at the fifth annual 8x10 TheatreFest.
All the plays had two things in common — each was 10 minutes long and each featured a hand mirror as a prop. The mirror served as the “inspiration” for this year’s contest. Over 230 plays were submitted to the Weathervane contest, and volunteer judges read and chose the top-eight plays. All finalist playwrights receive at least a $50 prize, and the top three — as determined by audience vote — receive $150, $250 and $350, respectively.
Audience members at this past weekend's performances also got to vote for the special prop “inspiration” for next year’s competition.
“Six of the eight playwrights this year traveled to Weathervane to see their plays come to life,” says 8x10 TheatreFest Coordinator Eileen Moushey. “And that was part of our excitement, too. Plus, it’s always great fun for the audiences to be able to choose the winners!”
THE 2015 WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Right after the final performance on Sunday, July 12, all of the ballots from the weekend's three performances were tallied, and the winners — as determined by the audience members — were announced!
FIRST-PLACE WINNER ($350)
BLACK FRIDAY by Jennifer Tromble of North Tonawanda, New York
Directed by Ian Haberman
Featuring Meg Hopp, Alex Nine and Rachel Gehlert
SECOND-PLACE WINNER ($250)
PASSING THROUGH by Chris George of Houston, Texas
Directed by Melanie Pepe and Brandi Eaton
Featuring Adam Alderson and Eula "Bill" Roberts
THIRD-PLACE WINNER ($150)
ONE MAN SHOW, by Jason K. Melby of Van Nuys, California
Directed by Brian Westerley
Featuring Scott K. Davis, Alex Nine and Meg Hopp
THE FIVE RUNNERS-UP ($50 EACH)
Listed in alphabetical order by title:
MAKE-UP by Joe Lauinger of Ossining, New York
Directed by Brian Westerley
Featuring Richard Worswick and Sue Jeromson
MR. BASSETT by Gerald Williams of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Directed by Adam and Patti Alderson
Featuring Brian Westerley and Beth Geiser
MY SECOND PLAY by Heath Robertson of Fairbanks, Alaska
Directed by Meg Hopp
Featuring Kyla Williger, Jay Sigler and Mason Shuman
RIDE SHARE by Stanley Brown, of West Hollywood, California
Directed by Richard Worswick
Featuring Tom Barnes and Amanda Layman
SIRENS by Suzanne Hodsden of Akron, Ohio
Directed by Scott K. Davis
Featuring Jo McGarvey, Josh Rowe and Eula "Bill" Roberts
THE AUDIENCE CHOICE FOR NEXT YEAR'S PROP
At the 2015 8x10 TheatreFest, the audience members chose an envelope of cash as the "inspirational prop" to be incorporated into the plays for the 2016 8x10 TheatreFest!
Attention aspiring playwrights: Information about the 2016 8x10 TheatreFest will be posted here on the Weathervane Playhouse website in September 2015.