What has ghosts, surprises, criminal tools, nurses, and a swan driving a golf cart? Weathervane’s annual 8x10 TheatreFest of course! The 7th annual celebration of 10-minute plays received 142 submissions from all over the United States and six countries including Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
All the plays had two things in common: each was 10 minutes long and each featured an a deck of tarot cards. The tarot cards served as the inspirational prop for this year’s contest.
After receiving 142 submissions for this year's contest, volunteer judges read and chose the top-eight plays. The top three playwrights and their plays — 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 inspirational prop for next year’s competition.
THE 2017 WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Right after the final performance on Sunday, July 16, 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)
Good Surprises by Elizabeth Mowers of Mogadore, OH
Directed by Bill Morgan and Samantha Gates
Featuring Al Klesh, Pat Robertell-Hudson and Scott K. Davis
SECOND-PLACE WINNER ($250)
Psych Nick by Scott Lummer of Santa Rosa, CA
Directed by Kyla Williger and Brandi Eaton
Featuring Stephanie Cargill, Matthew Heppe and Brandi Eaton
THIRD-PLACE WINNER ($150)
Ghost of a Chance by Tamara Benson of Strasburg, OH
Directed by Brian Westerley and Harriet DeVeto
Featuring Chelby Benson, Beth Gaiser and Marci Paolucci
THE FIVE RUNNERS-UP
Listed in alphabetical order by title:
Good Things by Peter J. Stavros of Louisville, KY
Directed by Melanie Pepe
Featuring Tom Stephan, James Rizopulos and Mason Shuman
Magical Thinking by Joel Adlen of Richmond, CA
Directed by Joshua Larkin
Featuring Patty Rhodes and Adam Alderson
The Blue Album by Scott Mullen of North Hollywood, CA
Directed by Scott K. Davis
Featuring Chris Macchione, Dede Klein and Benjamin Mehalik
The Emperor’s New Car by Barry Wood of Navenby, Licolnshire, United Kingdom
Directed by Jay Sigler
Featuring Pam Daerr, Brooke Lytton and Tari Lyn Bergoine
The Unfortunate Teller by Jeff Dunne of Eldersburg, MD
Directed by April Deming
Featuring Gabriel Riazi and Caitlyn Bradley
THE AUDIENCE CHOICE FOR THE 2018 THEATREFEST PROP
At the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest, the audience members chose a sock monkey as the inspirational prop to be incorporated into the plays for the 2018 8x10 TheatreFest!
Attention aspiring playwrights: Information about the 2018 8x10 TheatreFest will be posted here on the Weathervane Playhouse website in October 2017.